Jewish students given rare educational gift

by Jim Parsons

Daily Cougar Staff

Jewish students from several southern states will be able to take a month-long tour of Israel for just $300, thanks to the Jerusalem Fellowships' Aish HaTorah program.

The program is intended to "enhance the connection between American Jewish young people and Israel," according to the New York-based Jerusalem Fellowships office.

The student program is part of the celebration of the 3,000th anniversary of the founding of the city of Jerusalem. It will allow students and young professionals from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas to travel to Israel for $300 (including airfare), to tour Israel and learn about Judaism and the Israeli political situation.

Students will also have the chance to meet with major Israeli political figures. Past participants met with Shimon Peres, Yitzchak Shamir, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

"The Jerusalem Fellowships' pioneering spirit in the field of Jewish education has helped to make it a valuable experience for students who want to learn more about their heritage, and the importance of Israel and its role in the world today," said U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, co-chair of the Fellowships. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter is Moynihan's counterpart as co-chair.

Aish HaTorah, an educational organization based in Jerusalem, and has branches in 12 cities throughout the world. The Fellowships is teaming up with Aish HaTorah to offer the study program.

Additional funding is provided by the Ruttenberg Foundation, a Birmingham, Ala.-based group dedicated to the benefit of Jewish life in Birmingham, Israel and throughout the world.

The educational program will be divided into two sessions, the first in June and the second in July.

Students wishing to obtain information should call the program office at 1-800-FELLOWS.

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