US State Dept. awards $770,000 to push diversity in Israel

By JTA
December 1, 2010 13:11

NEW YORK -- The US State Department gave $770,000 in grants to Merchavim, an Israeli NGO promoting diversity and shared citizenship in Israel.

Most of the grant, some $750,000, will go to expand the collaboration between Merchavim and the American nonprofit Sesame Workshop, producer of "Sesame Street," to continue to produce Israel’s version of the show, "Rechov Sumsum," which features Israeli Jews and Arabs. The grant will help develop content in Hebrew and Arabic for use by 1,200 kindergarten teachers from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.


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