Yehudit and Yehoshua Taylor made aliyah two weeks ago and already their four year old daughter Temima is in school. Living in the new suburb of Ramat Bet Shemesh Gimmel, the Florida couple are one of thousands of newly arrived families that are now faced with the challenge of integrating both into general society and the Jewish state’s educational system.
The past year’s rapid rise in immigration has significantly increased the number of foreign born students in Israel, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption announced on Sunday.
According to the Ministry’s figures, 2900 children of immigrants will be beginning school for the first time in Israel this week, up fifty percent from last year. The numbers tracked general immigration trends with French students leading the pack at 1150, followed by Ukrainian (500), Russians (470) and Americans (270).