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