AMIT Children hosted its 98th annual assembly at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan on June 14; incoming president Shari Safra was inaugurated there. Suzanne Doft was master of ceremonies.
Guest speaker Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, spoke about the impact of AMIT’s work and the continued relevance of the organization’s mission.
“Just as when AMIT was founded, it is incumbent on us to be innovative and daring,” Ms. Safra said. “We must be relentless in pursuing excellence for our schools, our faculty, and, most importantly, our students.
“When we see the demographics of Israel changing before our eyes, we must respond in a productive way. We need to harness the brainpower of our research and development teams in Israel who create innovative teaching methods that we can apply nationwide. I invite you to join me on that journey.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Shari Safra as our new president,” outgoing president Audrey Axelrod Trachtman said. “Her insight and leadership will be invaluable to AMIT Children’s evolution.
“Over the past four years, AMIT implemented a host of new, innovative programs to improve academic performance and motivation for our 40,000 students. We expanded our ‘break the glass ceiling’ programs for disadvantaged students and added a significant number of secular schools to our educational community.
“We recently broke ground on our flagship Kfar Batya campus, which will serve as an educational laboratory hub in the center, with spokes reaching all our schools throughout Israel,” Ms. Trachtman continued. “We are excited for Shari, as AMIT’s new president, to continue to expand our impact in Israel and lead our growth initiatives and cutting-edge programs.”
“One of the most important factors to AMIT’s organizational success is that every four years new lay talent are given the opportunity to lead,” AMIT’s executive vice president, Andrew Goldsmith, said.
AMIT’s new leaders include Chana Shields, the new chair of its board of directors and new board members Jennifer Bernstein, Michelle Chrein, Meyer Koplow, Daniel Miller, and Elizabeth Straus Greenspan.
AMIT, founded in 1925, serves 40,000 students in 96 schools in 32 cities throughout Israel every year. It educates and nurtures children from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds within a framework of innovation, academic excellence, and Jewish values.
For more information, go to amitchildren.org.