both from Haaretz:
One Israel program bucking the recruiting trend is WUJS, designed for college graduates, which doubled its numbers this year. Its director attributes the program’s success to moving away from the South. “No disrespect to Arad, but going there for six months was no longer speaking to young people,” the director Mike Mitchell told Anglo File.
While most Israel programs for Diaspora youth report a significant drop in applications due to the financial crisis, others were able to maintain and even increase their numbers.