02.01.2012 07.Tewet. 5772
Olim students may stop receiving financial aid at end of current academic year, following decision to shift priorities away from absorption and toward strengthening Jewish identity of Jews living abroad.
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….