US Jews Give Soft Love for Tough Israeli Youth

August 2, 2011

"Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world) is working: Young American Jews, most of them Birthright alumni, are teaching English to underprivileged Israeli youth as part of a new Jewish Agency-sponsored Masa Israel Journey and Ministry of Education pilot program.
Two-thirds of the 75 “teaching fellows” are alumni of the Birthright program, which brings first-time visitors to Israel to explore their Jewish roots.
 
Teachers in the pilot 10-month program, which began Monday, are working in underprivileged neighborhoods in metropolitan Tel Aviv, from Ramle-Lod to Netanya.
 
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