AMIT enables Israel’s youth to realize their potential, and strengthens Israeli society by educating and nurturing children from diverse backgrounds within a framework of academic excellence, Jewish values and Zionist ideals. Founded in 1925, AMIT operates 110 schools, youth villages, surrogate family residences and other programs in 29 cities, constituting Israel’s only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies.
The AMIT Network was selected by the Ministry of Education as the leading education network across all measurements in Israel, including quality bagrut, pedagogical innovation, pluralism & bridging the gap, lowest dropout rate and integrity.
Motivated by the vision of Bessie Gotsfeld, AMIT was founded in 1925 and opened the first vocational high school for girls in Jerusalem in 1933. AMIT is the world’s leading supporter of religious Zionist education and social services for Israel’s children. With more than 110 schools and programs, AMIT is Israel’s only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating innovative academic and technological studies into the curriculum. At present, AMIT educates more than 34,000 children, with 70% coming from the periphery of the country and from disadvantaged backgrounds. During its long history, AMIT has served diverse populations, responding to the crises, challenges – and tragedies – of Jewish history.
As early as 1934, AMIT (then known as Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America) was at the forefront of Youth Aliyah, the rescue of Jewish children from Europe and their resettlement in Palestine. Immediately following the end of the war in Europe, AMIT participated in the resettlement of thousands of children – many of them orphans – who survived the Holocaust.
This was followed by the large influx of Jews from North Africa and Arab countries in 1948/49. Once again, AMIT’s resources were tested as its facilities were flooded by the needs of tens of thousands of new immigrant children. In 1955, the first contingent of Ethiopian Jews arrived and in the 1970s, the great Russian immigration began. Throughout Israel’s history AMIT responded with outstretched arms, opening new schools and facilities to meet the demands of a growing population.
In 1981, AMIT was designated by the Israeli government as its official Reshet (network) for religious secondary technological education. This landmark event set the stage for a major expansion of AMIT’s educational facilities as municipalities with faltering religious technological high schools seek out the organization to take over and dramatically improve their schools. AMIT students reflect the diversity of Israel: religious and secular; Ashkenazi and Sephardi; sabra and immigrant, and at all socio-economic levels.
Our cutting-edge model is creating an educational transformation. Because of AMIT’s focus on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – our students are exposed to the most advanced education and are more than capable and ready to flourish in the 21st century. AMIT has become a model that many Israeli schools outside the AMIT network are emulating. Today, AMIT students are succeeding with average graduation rates of 85%, far exceeding the national average.
With your support, we are closing the opportunity gap for children in Israel and creating a level playing field so that children receive the high-quality education to to become productive members of Israeli society.