(New Jersey Jewish Standard) — Like the majority of 75 Israel Teaching Fellows, Samuel Azner of Hackensack discovered the Jewish homeland through a 10-day Birthright trip and wanted to return for a longer stay. Now he is more than halfway through a pilot 10-month service program conceived to provide English teachers in underprivileged communities.

“My background is in criminal justice, and I worked with children in Toledo and Michigan, and then in an adult special-needs program in Wayne, where I grew up,” said the 25-year-old. “Then I found myself out of work, came to Israel, and found out about this program.” (Click here to learn more.)

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