Against Rules, Israel Gap Year Program Rejects Applicant Because of non-Jewish Mother

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In a rare, if not unprecedented decision, a young South African woman was recently rejected from a program sponsored by Masa – the umbrella organization that runs hundreds of educational, volunteer and internship programs in Israel – on the grounds that her mother isn’t Jewish.

Masa, which is funded by the Jewish Agency and the Israeli government, is meant to be open to any individual eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, which includes children of mixed marriages.

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