Olim B’Yachad is run by good people who do important work (“Finding Jobs, And Hope, For Ethiopian Gen-Xers,” Feb. 26). But it should have been noted in the article that Danny Negra, one of its stars, is a graduate of the IDC in Herzliya, where I started the Israel At Heart program five years go for Ethiopian Israelis. We now have more than 45 students there on full scholarships, with special English tutors and a wonderful young Ethiopian woman named Ester David, who works full time recruiting the best and brightest from the community each year.
Dozens of young Israelis have traveled to three continents on a privately sponsored public relations campaign for the Jewish state because Joey Low asked himself a question two years ago.
Low, a national Hillel board member who lives in Purchase, found that “college kids knew nothing about Israel” and he wondered, “What can we do to change that?”
A public opinion pollster is interviewing people on the street. He stops four people and asks, “Excuse me, what is your opinion of the meat shortage?” A Russian says, “What is opinion?” A Pole says, “What is meat?” An American says, “What is shortage?” An Israeli says, “What is ‘excuse me’?” My first time in Israel was an education. But not in the way I had anticipated.