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HadassahAmerican Women Zionists and the Rebirth of Israel$
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Mira Katxzburg-Yungman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774839.001.0001

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Projects for Immigrant Children and Teenagers

Projects for Immigrant Children and Teenagers

(p.242) Chapter Eleven Projects for Immigrant Children and Teenagers

Mira Katzburg-Yungman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter deals with Hadassah's projects for immigrant youth in particular. Hadassah's work in caring for children and teenagers in Israel's early years laid a particular emphasis on the care of young immigrants, who in the early 1950s constituted some 71 per cent of all children and teenagers within the Jewish population of Israel. Tens of thousands of youngsters arrived in these years, and the education they had received, if any, in the countries from which they came differed from that of their contemporaries in the Yishuv. As a result of the mass immigration, new social classes developed. The widespread social and economic hardship in these groups presented a serious challenge to the young nation, and a large number of the children and teenagers among them would years later be recognized as ‘underprivileged’. At the same time, there was a ‘frightening lack of professional workers [for children and youngsters] of all types’: teachers, educational counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.

Keywords:   immigrant youth, immigrant children, immigrant teenagers, underprivileged groups, professional workers, Youth Aliyah, Hadassah

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