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 106 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. Today AMIT is recognized by Israel’s Education Ministry as the country’s leading educational network across all measurements including quality bagrut, pedagogical innovation, pluralism and bridging the gap, lowest dropout rate and integrity.
With 106 schools and programs, AMIT is Israel’s only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating innovative academic and technological studies within a framework of Jewish values and Zionist ideals. AMIT educates more than 34,000 children, with 70% coming from the geographic or socioeconomic periphery of the country. 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, helping to rescue Jewish children fleeing Europe and resettling them in Palestine. Immediately following the end of World War II, AMIT embraced thousands of children – many of them orphans – who survived the Holocaust, giving them a place to live, an education, and skills that would enable them to become productive and self-sufficient citizens.
Soon after, AMIT also helped the newly established State of Israel take in a 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 has 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 sought out the organization to take over and dramatically improve their schools. AMIT students reflect the diversity of Israel: religious and secular; Ashkenazi and Sephardi; native-born Israelis and new immigrants from all over the world; and children whose families come from all socioeconomic levels.
Today, AMIT is leading the educational revolution taking place in Israel. Our innovative teaching methods, developed at AMIT’s Gogya teacher training center, place great emphasis on critical 21st-century skills, including teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, and employing technology to the teachers’ and students’ advantage. AMIT’s focus on STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – exposes our students to the most advanced subjects and equips them to meet the challenges they will face in the army, in the workforce, and in life. AMIT students are succeeding with average graduation rates of 85%, far exceeding the national average of 70%.
AMIT is leveling the playing field so that children across Israel receive the highest-quality, Jewish values–based education and become productive members of Israeli society, ensuring a strong Israel today and in the future.