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April 16, 1982 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-04-16

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Technical Training Important
Facet of ZOA Schools' Program

GREEKTOWN COMES TO SOUTHFIELD!

DIMITRI'S

By BEN G. FRANK

KFAR SILVER, Israel —
Young Israelis are being
trained at schools such as
the . Sylvia and Alexander
Hassan Technical High
School established by the
Zionist Organization of
America on the beautiful
520-acre Kfar Silver cam-
pus, just outside of Ashke-
lon.
The scene at the Hassan
Technical High School has
been described as a
technological stream."
(
) \--_.-Flowing into classes in the
early morning hours are
students from all over Is-
-) rael, including a number
from surrounding
moshavim and in the city of
Ashkelon.
Those who come from afar
live in dormitories on the
Kfar Silver campus. Many
of the students in the high
school are sons and daugh-
ters of new immigrants.
Now they are an integrated
part of the student body
which every day studies and
learns, experiments and
theorizes and fixes and re-
pairs — all in a modern
building which is replete
with classrooms,
laboratories and work-
shops.
The school is dedicated
to Mr. and Mrs. Alexan-
der Hassan of Washing-
ton, D.C.
Auto mechanics, techni-
cians and even amateur
"grease monkeys," those
who just like to putter, find
the school a dream come
true.
There is a fully-equipped
auto mechanics laboratory
that includes both a work-
ing model of a car as well as
many cross sections of var-
ious auto systems. The
workshops also contain
much diagnostic machin-
ery.
Practical work is obvi-
ously part of the program.
In fact, the 11th and 12th
grades are so proficient that
they are often given cars of
their very own instructors
to fix.
Sixty percent of the
curriculum at the Hassan
Technical High School is
theoretical. Math,
physics, as well as
theoretical studies in
auto mechanics such as
motors, thermodynamics
and structural strength
are taught.
One of the highlights of
the course is the repair of
nks. - Israel has just pro-
, _aced the new Merkava
tank, and the students in
the auto mechanic section
maintain a close relation-
ship with the Ordnance
Corps of the Israel Defense
Forces. After graduation,
students of the Hassan
School enter the armed
forces of Israel as techni-
cians for all types of army
vehicles.
While everyone in Israel
serves in various branches -
of the military, it is the stu-
dent's life after discharge
that the instructors and
supervisors at the Hassan
School feel they are aiding.

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Friday, April 16, 1982 31

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Pictured above are students at the Zionist Or-
banization of America-sponsored Sylvia and Alexan-
der Hassan Technical High School on the Kfar Silver
campus near Ashkelon, Israel.

"We are building an Is-
rael at peace," one teacher
said, "and that means that
in the soon-to-be 21st Cen-
tury, we will need techni-
cians who can repair cars,
boats, tractors and trains."
In effect, the Sylvia
and Alexander Hassan
Technical High School is
geared for peace. After
all, it is part of the larger
Kfar Silver campus
which has a student body
of over 700, and a faculty
of 140. Other schools on
campus include the high
school of science and ag-
riculture, an aviation
high school, a nurses
training program, the
Mollie Goodman Aca-
demic High School and a
junior high.
Another important proj-
ect on the campusis
the de-
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partment of Judaic studies
in honor of Rabbi Alfred
Gottschalk, president of the
Hebrew Union College -
Jewish Institute of Reli-
gion. There is the Jeanne
and Irwin Levy Department
of Social Studies and the
Milton and Beatrice Shap-
iro Department of Foreign
Languages.
Founded in 1954 by the
ZOA and named after one
of America's foremost
Zionist leaders, Dr. Abba
Hillel Silver, Kfar Silver
can be proud of its
thousands of alumni who
today are technicians,
pilots, mechanics,
engineers, farmers and
agronomists.
Scholarships to the ZOA-
sponsored schools in Israel
are provided by the Detroit
District — ZOA.

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