How short-sighted of the Ministry! I personally know how valuable the school twinnings are firsthand. There is a shared curriculum developed in the schools, meetings between the Israeli and Los Angeles teachers beforehand, and an educational itinerary.Israeli children see how Diaspora Jews maintain their Judaism and how the Jewish community works,while becoming freinds with their American Jewish peers.Israeli secular elementary schools have added new programs in Jewish studies as a result of seeing how Jewish Day schools can make Judaism more meaningful. For the American participants,the trips create a stronger bond with Israel and they care more deeply, now that they have a host family. Why cancel such a successful program based on criticism of a few parents? Shooshani should respond to the successful results, not to a few negative press articles. Also, A.D. Gordon is still in the Program.
Israeli ambassador to U.K.: Elements of left 'in denial' about 'disease' of anti-Semitism (Haaretz)
from the article: Ministry bans student Jewish Agency trips to U.S. during school year