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The Israel Tennis Center at Kiryat Shemona.
facilitators for the discussions.
A student from the West
Coast told The Jewish News
that the discussions often con-
tinue on their bus, during meals
and other activities. "We are
learning a lot about ourselves,
from each other," she said. "We
are giving something too, but
answering Israeli kids' questions
The group was living with Is-
raeli families, and was amazed
that many families meet at
home each day for lunch.
The American teens thought
that their Israeli counterparts
were more mature and politi-
cally aware, because the older
teens were facing military serv-
ice. "We're going to college next
year, but they have the army.
They act older and look older,"
one American teen said, "and
before they go into the army
their families baby them a lot.
But they have a lot of pride in
their country and they want to
do something for it."
A student from New York
commented that Americans
seem to be more shallow, and
not as aware of their own feel-
ings as the Israelis. "People in
Israel seem to know their feel-
ings and are more open about
it," he said.
The students said the question
of aliyah is often raised by Is-
raelis, and their common re-
sponse has been, "We are learn-
ing about it."
Asked about their safety in
Israel, the young people felt
very secure because of the
number of soldiers walking or
riding to their posts and the
checking of bags and parcels at
the entrances to buildings.
"People are very aware," one
student said, "and instead of
making you uneasy it makes
you feel safer."
Ella Bar-Ilan, director of, edu-
cation at Bet Hatefutsot, said
the museum's Jewish identity
programs are geared to groups
age 13 and older. Some 19,000
people from 29 countries par-
ticipated in the programs in
1985. The .programs are con-
ducted in 14 languages.
A different approach to sum-
mer is taken by the participants
in the Israel Tennis Centers
program. The 21 participants
last year, aged 15-18, alternated
a week of tennis instruction and
practice with a week of touring
for six weeks. Concentrating at
the ITC facilities in Jerusalem,
Haifa and Jaffa, the participants
conclude with tournament
Blanche Blumberg at the
Ramat HaSharon courts said
that all the ITC centers are
equipped with videotaping
equipment and study libraries.
"We have the finest courts,
coaching and supervision." •The
players are divided into small
groups, with one coach for each
court. The players are given in-
struction in the morning and
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have tournaments in the after-
and one-year programs in Israel, noon, with participation and in-
according to Michigan region di- struction at their own level.
"Some kids just want to play
rector Marilyn Katz in Ann Ar-
bor. This compares to six par- tennis during the summer," said
ticipants last year.
Alec Meyer, director of short-
The Israel Aliyah Center at term programs for the Youth
the Jewish Community Center and Hechalutz Department. "It
in West Bloomfield handles '70 is more expensive than the
to 80 persons per year who other programs and we upgrade
travel to Israel for American their accomoditions and meals.
Zionist Youth Foundation and
"Many youngsters just want
programs for working on kib- to have fun in the summer,
while their parents want some-
According to shaliach Benny thing more for them. We try to
Schwarz and secretary Esther make all of these programs both
Tal, registration this year is fun and educational, and we
about the same as last, with 80 have to exceed the participants'
percent of the Michigan partici- expectations in order to compete
pants signing up to work on a with similar programs in the
kibbutz for the summer or for a United States."
TypicallyMeyer said, the
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