Friends group will help in­te­gra­tion in Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

THE OPEN Univer­sity of Is­rael has launched a Bri­tish group to help raise aware­ness about its ef­forts to ed­u­cate Is­rael’s di­verse and com­plex pop­u­la­tion.

The Bri­tish Friends of the Open Univer­sity of Is­rael was launched at the House of Lords on Tues­day. Lord Kesten­baum, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at RIT Cap­i­tal Part­ners, will be its first chair­man.

He wel­comed 50 guests to the event and said he was hon­oured to take on the role.

Dorit Beinisch, chan­cel­lor of the univer­sity, said: “It is the only univer­sity which al­lows ev­ery­one to en­rol with­out any de­mands, en­abling oth­ers to have ac­cess to higher education.”

The univer­sity pro­vides cour­ses and train­ing for a di­verse stu­dent base, in­clud­ing Charedi men and Arab Mus­lim women, with sin­gle-sex class­rooms ar­ranged for both groups.

Ms Beinisch said ac­cess to education was a key fac­tor in help­ing groups in­clud­ing Arabs, Rus­sians and Ethiopi­ans to in­te­grate in to Is­raeli so­ci­ety.

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