Further to the foreign minister’s directive to coordinate the humanitarian assistance, the Israel Foreign Ministry called on Israeli companies and organizations to donate vital goods and equipment.
The Israeli aid delegation departed on Thursday, Sept 8, carrying 80 tons of food, disposable diapers, beds, blankets, generators and additional equipment for the hurricane victims.

Citizens who wish to donate money to "United Brotherhood" campaign should sent contributions to the special MDA fund – "Magen David Adom in Israel for the victims of Hurricane Katrina" at the Yitzhak Sadeh branch (no. 780) of Bank Hapoalim (Yitzhak Sadeh 45, Tel Aviv), account number 310640.

Donations can also be made via the MDA hotline 1-800-390-101.


Jewish Agency to bring students from New Orleans to study in Israel

Tulane University in New Orleans with an enrollment of thousands of students has been flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina. All Israeli universities have responded positively to this Jewish Agency initiative and will accept students by an accelerated procedure for the new academic year.

Thousands of students, including 2,000 Jewish students from the disaster stricken New Orleans area, will be able to continue their studies in Israel as part of an initiative of the Jewish Agency for them to study in English in  programs for overseas students offered by Israeli universities.

In co-operation with Hillel – The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and the United Jewish Communities (UJC) – The Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency has approached all the Jewish Communities in America with the goal of locating students at Tulane University to offer them the alternative opportunity of studying in Israel. Tulane University has been flooded and courses are cancelled. The offer to come study in Israel has been extended to all denominations.

This week all Israeli Universities (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University. Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University) responded positively to the request of the Jewish Agency to expedite the registration of students from New Orleans wishing to study in Israel.

Courses are taught in English and Hebrew Language Learning courses (Ulpan) will also be made available.

The existing programs will be expanded so as to accommodate as many applicants as possible.

As of today contact has been made with many students from the New Orleans area and 20 students have already shown interest in coming to study in Israel.

The Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Zeev Bielski said: "This is first and foremost an initiative which stems from the comradeship and shared destiny between the citizens of Israel and the citizens of the USA. In addition to the academic gain, we are sure that the time spent in Israel will afford these students a meaningful experience for the rest of their lives and they will quickly become the best ambassadors for the State of Israel in the world."

For further information contact:
Michael Jankelowitz
Liaison to Foreign Press
Jewish Agency for Israel
Cell: +972-50-7601706
Voicemail: +972-2-6202780
website: www.jafi.org.il/press

Hebrew University to accept students from Tulane University in New Orleans

A helping hand has been extended by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the form of accepting students from New Orleans whose studies have been interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.

Hebrew University President Prof. Menachem Magidor said that the university made this decision following the announcement by Tulane University, New Orleans’ largest institution of higher learning, that it would have to shut down for the fall semester. Students from New Orleans will be accepted into the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School for a semester or year’s studies and will be housed in the university’s Mt. Scopus dormitories.

The provost of the Rothberg International School, Prof. Jaime Kapitulnik, left last Thursday for the U.S. in order to further arrangements for accepting the students. There, he is meeting with students and various organizations, including representatives of the Jewish community of New Orleans and heads of Tulane University who are now in Houston, Texas. “In order to ease the way for the students, we will shorten the acceptance process,” said Prof.Kapitulnik. “We will also adjust our studies in accordance with their needs and will provide scholarships.”

At this stage, the university is preparing to extend 20 scholarships, but if necessary this will be extended to additional students. 

For further information:
Jerry Barach, Dept. of Media Relations, the Hebrew University,
Tel: 972-2-588-2904