Several Israeli universities, in response to a request from The Jewish Agency, MASA - Israel Journey and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, have opened their overseas programs for all qualified students impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
The initiative includes assistance in identifying appropriate placement, MASA grants of $2,000 for airfare and initial expenses, a tuition waiver for all qualified students affected by university closure and information regarding overseas travel.
Six major Israeli universities have agreed to admit students from Tulane and other area universities affected by the hurricane: Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University in Beersheva, Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan and the Raphael Recanati International School in Herzliya.
"This is an initiative that emanates from the brotherhood and partnership between the State of Israel, the citizens of the United States and the American Jewish community," said Ze'ev Bielski, the chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency.
Dozens of students have already contacted the Jewish Agency and the respective university programs.
For more information, please contact Rachel Brown, MASA/Israel programs coordinator at the Jewish Agency, at 212-339-6903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.