AMIT supporters come from all over the world.
Everyone is special. Every reason is unique. Here are just some of the many stories about their passion for providing access to high-quality Jewish values-based education to ensure a strong Jewish future for Israel.
Shining a Spotlight on Debra and Daniella H.
Debra explains how Amit was always a household name growing up, as her mother was involved in the organization. Debra became more involved in AMIT in recent years, after her daughter Daniella attended Midreshet AMIT, which she said was the natural choice for her unique year of Torah learning and chesed in Israel.
Shining a Spotlight on Suri K.
Suri describes how she became a lifetime member of AMIT during her Sheva Brachot week, and how her mother-in-law co-founded the Shalhevet chapter in Great Neck, of which Suri is now president. “We as religious Zionists have an obligation to support Israeli institutions that value Torah and midot and getting the best out of our kids,” she said, explaining her passion for the organization.
Shining a Spotlight on Aviva H.
Aviva was raised in a family with deep ties to AMIT, or Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America, as it was known at the time. Her first visit to Israel, in 1958, was with Mizrachi Women, and she came back so instilled with the group’s values that she began volunteering in its office and has been involved ever since.
Shining a Spotlight on Sharon and Sol M.
Thanks to Sharon, who has been involved with AMIT for more than two decades, the entire Merkin family has a strong connection to the organization and the children it serves. Their five sons have raised money for AMIT schools, and one even joined the AFLI board. “That’s what you want as a parent—to know that your kids are getting a message from you that they can help kids outside of their community,” said Sharon.
Shining a Spotlight on Martin E.
Martin Elias and his family have forged strong ties to AMIT over the years, and have been major supporters of the Beit Hayeled renovation campaign. Proud of his Greek Sephardic heritage, Martin is an active member of the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, N.Y., and his family foundation supports numerous Israeli and Jewish charities.
Shining a Spotlight on Audrey and Max W.
As a young woman, Audrey was a member of Mizrachi Buds, a previous incarnation of NewGen, and today she and her husband, Max, are members of the President’s Circle. “AMIT stands for all the things that are important to us—educating the children, seeing that they have a future and the state of Israel,” said Audrey.
Shining a Spotlight on Jordana A.
An alumna of Midreshet AMIT, Jordana said she “loved the chesed aspect of the program,” adding that her year in Israel prompted her to take a more active role in AMIT while in college. “So many generations of women are involved in AMIT,” said Jordana. “It’s a tradition that people want to be part of.”
Shining a Spotlight on Shari & Jacob S
“My perspective changed when I went on the 90th mission to see it, to be in the schools, to see it happening. It was unbelievable to me, and I came back really inspired and interested in doing more,” said Shari. “They don’t just run schools, they actually teach how to run schools and develop curriculum. There are all types of kids and we need to serve them all,” commented Jacob.
Shining a Spotlight on Alexandra and Talia T
Alexandra recalls, “My time at Midreshet AMIT was one of the best years of my life. I love working with kids. When I saw the level of therapy and emotional support they get it’s amazing.” Talia got involved with AFLI for college-age students who want to make a difference. She speaks about how it brings kids from throughout the tristate area together in a fun, but meaningful way.
Shining a Spotlight on Ellen & Stanley W
“Educating Jewish children with Torah values is what AMIT does so well. When we heard that the Kfar Blat campus was in need of rebuilding, we felt it was very important to provide a good environment for children to learn,” said Ellen & Stanley W. “You get a tremendous sense of pride when you see the results of the work that you do for AMIT. Children are happy and in a good place.”
Shining a Spotlight on Elaine G
Elaine G. talks about her personal interest in technology and how important it is that AMIT schools in Israel are leading the way in STEM education while infusing the students with a Jewish-values based foundation.
Shining a Spotlight on Amanda & Isaac B
“We think AMIT schools are the basis for a truly strong country, education both inside and outside the classroom is extremely important for the success of the state of Israel and the Jewish people,.”
Shining a Spotlight on Deena & Adam S
“Children of Israel should be given the same excellent education as our children get. It’s about more than helping children from disadvantaged homes, it’s about the fact that 95% of AMIT students serve in the military and 85% receive a bagrut (matriculation) diploma and go on to work in the upper echelons of Israeli society.
Shining a Spotlight on Elana G
Seven years ago Elana spent a gap year at Midreshet AMIT in Israel. Her experience there shaped how her life played out. Over the past ten years, she became a lawyer and education advocate and now works with foster children and volunteers with AMIT future leadership and young leadership.
Shining a Spotlight on Sami S
Twenty-six years ago Sami S. made a pledge to do anything for any child. Watch why she’s been involved with AMIT every since.
Shining a Spotlight on Marisa B
Marisa spent her childhood tagging along with her mother to AMIT programs and when she graduated high school, she chose to spend go to Midreshet AMIT, and spent a year learning and loving Torah at Beit Hayeled, a foster home for disadvantaged children. “Most people think it is you who impact the children, but it they who impact you.”
Shining a Spotlight on Sari B
Sari B shares her lifelong connection to AMIT from childhood to when she became active as an adult. “I realized it’s not about the bake sales or Mishloch Manot, it’s about the kids in Israel who aren’t as lucky as my kids who need someone to care about them, love them, and nurture them.”
Shining a Spotlight on Liza R
Liza R was raised with a great love for Israel. Here’s just one thing she has to say, “I work in education and with children every day and when I see a child struggling and finally getting it that is what AMIT does and that is why I love AMIT.
Shining a Spotlight on Chayala L
Chayala became a lifetime member as a young adult. “AMIT is a special organization. Children are the framework of society and it’s not just about educating a child, it’s taking the whole child and nurturing them,” she shares.