Jewish Agency plans to ax funding for immigrant students

Thousands of immigrants could be forced to drop out of school if the Jewish Agency moves forward with a plan to end scholarship funding at the end of the current academic year.

Senior agency officials say the Jewish Agency plans to stop transferring funds to the Immigrant Student Authority toward the end of the year, a consequence of internal reorganization at the agency. About a year and a half ago, the agency decided to shift its priorities – and budgets – away from absorbing Jews in Israel, and toward strengthening Jewish identity among Jews living abroad.

The Jewish Agency has offered full scholarships to immigrants since 1968, as well as other support programs such as tutoring, workshops and psychological counseling. Around 7,000 students annually have received aid from the Jewish Agency in recent years.


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