Devoted to the land

Mikve Israel Agricultural School was also dedicated to playing a part in national missions in the pre-state years

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July 18, 2013 22:12
The synagogue building once housed classrooms

The synagogue building once housed classrooms521. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)

 
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Israel’s flagship agricultural school had its beginnings in a cave. And Charles “Karl” Netter – the school’s founder – recruited the first student off a Jerusalem street.

Netter was looking for suitable candidates for his project when he spotted a youth lounging on the street eating a watermelon. The boy’s widowed mother, who was barely eking out a living, readily agreed to let him go; not only would it help with the family’s financial difficulties, but it assured her son of an education. And that’s how Mikve Israel Agricultural School sprang into action – with one teacher, and one student, in a cave.

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