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Youth movements interact with Knesset members

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Monday was a special day for the South African Jewish youth movements, SAUJS and Masa alumni. They had the opportunity to interact with the newly-appointed Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Lior Keinan, and Knesset members, who have been in South Africa this past week.
by OWN CORRESPONDENT | Aug 24, 2017

The Israeli parliamentarians were Dr Nachman Shai, Amir Ohana, Zouheir Bahloul, Michal Biran and Nurit Koren. The secretary general of the Jewish Agency, Josh Schwarcz, also accompanied the delegation.

Aviad Sela (director, Jewish Agency-Israel Centre) shared how the Zionist youth movements and student unions are thriving. He explained how Masa financial grants have made it possible for many South African youngsters to study in Israel.  

“We have a dedicated shaliach who will engage with students about opportunities in Israel. It’s crucial to make programmes affordable and accessible,” Ben Swartz, national chairman of the SAZF, said.

Each of the youth organisations presented its core pillars. They displayed their traditional movement uniforms (chultzot), and spoke about their ideologies and plans to enrich their Zionism, connection to Israel and their Jewish identity.

Masa alumni shared their experiences in Israel and what it’s like coming home. A recent school graduate shared his story about Naale Elite Academy, where pupils can complete their high school education for free. 

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