For the past 12 years, the Elite Academy has drawn 9,000 students from Latin America and the former Soviet Union to Israel's top high schools. This year, the free program, which provides students with a stipend and health insurance, expanded to 32 countries -- including the United States and Canada -- after a request from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
On the evening of Sept. 29, the line will start early at The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. About 500 people will wait patiently to jam every available space in the showroom or crowd around TV monitors upstairs.
If you think they're expecting Seinfeld, think again.