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AMIT Awarded Jerusalem Prize for Contributions to The State Of Israel

New York, January 10, 2013……..The Jerusalem Prize, which each year recognizes a special contribution to Israeli society and the State of Israel, was awarded to AMIT and to the organization's president, Debbie Isaac, at the annual Jerusalem Conference this past Tuesday on January 8, 2013. The conference is sponsored by the communications group B'Sheva and Arutz 7 and provides a platform for discussion on current events and issues in Israel.

AMIT was honored for its unique work in education in Israel and for the impressive growth of its network, which today encompasses 108 schools, youth villages and other programs for more than 25,000 Israeli students. The prize was presented to Ms. Isaac by Israel Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar in a special ceremony during the Jerusalem Conference.

"AMIT is honored to be receiving this prestigious award," commented President Isaac. "This is a wonderful tribute to our tens of thousands of volunteers who have been working to better the lives of children in Israel for 87 years, as well as recognition for our system of education, which is strengthening communities throughout the state."

The Jerusalem Conference provides a unique Israeli platform for discussion of pressing issues on the national agenda: Israel's social values, aspirations and national policies, as well as the main challenges and external threats facing Israel and other Western nations worldwide. Conference participants included key figures, thinkers and policy makers from the local scene as well as the international arena.

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, religious values and Zionist ideals. Some 70 percent of AMIT students live in development towns or other "peripheral" areas of the country. AMIT approaches each child as an individual, maximizing his or her potential, and enabling our students to become vital, productive members of Israeli society. The AMIT schools promote religious tolerance, service to the state and the recognition that every child is blessed with unique talents and abilities. Founded in 1925, AMIT constitutes Israel's only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies.