Higher education has always played a pivotal role in the economic and social development of Israel. Decades before the state came into being, major institutions like the Technion in Haifa and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem were established to train up a new generation of Jewish professionals.
When Israel attained independence in 1948, these were the only two universities, educating a total of 1,600 students. Today there are more than 300,000 students enrolled at the country's 67 institutions of higher learning—and one Messianic Student Fellowship.
Until recently therewere only a handful of Messianic Jews on campuses around Israel. Few in number and largely ostracized by their own people, the early Jewish followers of Jesus in Israel were perhaps just too busy trying to survive to think about going to college.Whatever the reasons, Lisa Loden, Chairperson of the Messianic Student Fellowship in Israel, says Messianic Jews in Israel did not give a high priority to higher education.
The full article appears in the current issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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