Connecting to the land

A visit to the Hadassah-Meir Shfeya Youth Village, where 700 students from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and other countries learn to work the land.

August 8, 2013 10:14
Youth in Israel (illustrative).

Students at youth village521. (photo credit: Courtesy Meir Shfeya)


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