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Jewish National Fund to build ‘World Zionist Village’ in Beersheba

JNF-USA says project to include a second campus of its Alexander Muss High School, will offer post-college internships

A rendering of JNF-USA's planned "World Zionist Village" in the southern city of Beersheba. (Jewish National Fund-USA)
A rendering of JNF-USA's planned "World Zionist Village" in the southern city of Beersheba. (Jewish National Fund-USA)

The Jewish National Fund-USA has announced plans to build a “World Zionist Village” in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba.

The village will include a second campus of JNF-USA’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel, according to a statement released Thursday, allowing enrollment to increase from 1,400 to 5,000.

It will also feature post-college internships and adult education programs.

“The World Zionist Village will become the greatest place to bring our Jewish world together,” JNF-USA President Dr. Sol Lizerbram was quoted saying in the statement. “By investing in internships, we will help young people, especially in today’s competitive environment, get ahead while giving them the opportunity to engage with the people of Israel.”

Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Danilovich said the village would help make the city “an international center of studies, of education, of technology, academia,” according to the statement.

JNF-USA put the estimated cost of the 21-acre village at $350 million and said it will raise funds for the project over the next five years.

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