Popularity of Israel programs spikes as Covid affects universities

Jonah Heimowitz [GOA Class of 2020] had college plans until the pandemic upended them. A motivated high school student at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, he studied hard, aced his ACT exam, and was looking forward to starting the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business this fall.

Now he’s tossing his syllabi and attending Young Judaea’s Year Course in Israel, a nine-month program in which high school graduates take classes, volunteer, and tour the country.

“I had time to sit and think a lot” during the pandemic, he told NJJN by phone from his home in South Orange. “It made me realize that maybe I didn’t need my life to be in such a rush.”

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