Thousands of Israeli university students gathered in Jerusalem to protest a bill that would provide stipends to yeshiva students.
Several years ago, Rabbi Shlomo Levin hit on a new way to attract students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to classes at his nearby Orthodox synagogue. Instead of spending money on eye-catching advertising, Levin reasoned it would be simpler just to give the money directly to the students in exchange for attendance
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.