The Mae Boyar High School  

The Mae Boyar High School was created through the vision and foresight of Los Angeles philanthropist Louis Boyar, who recognized the need for a high school that would unlock the potential of underserved Israeli students. Mr. Boyar established the school in 1964 as a memorial to his life partner and beloved wife, Mae.

Today Boyar is one of the most distinguished high-schools in Israel, and is dedicated to cultivating excellence in the scholastic performance of the students — in their social values, and in the fields of sports, culture, and the arts.

The school’s vibrant student body is composed of close to a thousand students, highly motivated and scholastically capable teenagers from the full spectrum of Israeli society.  A combination of day school students, who are mostly from Jerusalem, and boarders from outlying and developing communities in Israel’s periphery, contributes to the school’s unique learning environment. Respect for humanity, contributing to society, celebrating difference, and pluralism are core values that guide Boyar as a learning community.

The Boyar School now has more than 8,000 alumni, many of whom have become leaders of Israeli society in a variety of fields. The grandchildren of Mae and Louis Boyar z”l are continuing the family’s involvement in the success of the School and ensuring it has the capacity to educate future generations of young Israelis.

Dror High School   

Dror was established almost 20 years ago and is still the only national religious junior-high and high-school of its kind in Jerusalem, offering 150 observant Jewish boys and girls the opportunity to study together in an egalitarian learning environment. Dror is an educational alternative for parents who are interested in giving their children a pluralist religious education out of respect and commitment to the traditions of Jewish life. The school was adopted by the Society for Advancement of Education in 2006.

Hachmey Lev Yeshiva    

Established in 2013 in Jerusalem. Hachmey Lev is an innovative Yeshiva High School for mainstream, ultra-orthodox (Haredi) boys aged between 13-18 years, and leads to a high-quality Israeli matriculation certificate. Graduates will be well positioned to pursue academic qualifications and ultimately enroll in the workforce as productive and economically self-sufficient citizens.

Enjoy an insightful article about education in Israel and Hachmey Lev from ejewishphilanthropy. com by Tracy Salkowitz, CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, a Hachmey Lev supporter for the past five years.

K.A.N Community High School

A Community High School for boys and girls from religious, traditional and secular homes established in 2014 and located in Kfar Adumim. The school faculty advocates shared living among a variety of Jewish identities and backgrounds and believes that Judaism, its origins and values, are a treasure that belongs to every Jew no matter what home they live in. Learning and living together generates dialogue and sensitivity to others and allows every child from every background to form their own Jewish identity.

Ulpanat Talya (formerly Midreshat Amalia)  

Established in 1971 in the Givat Mordechai neighborhood of Jerusalem, with the generous support of the Jesselson family, Ulpanat Talya (formerly Midreshat Amalia) is a national-religious high school and boarding complex for orthodox girls from Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Over 300 young women from Jerusalem and across the country study at the campus, and are inspired to push themselves hard in order to attain a well-rounded Jewish education of the highest caliber. Over 80% of the girls go on to universities and institutions of higher Jewish learning, and most either go to the IDF or complete national service.

The school was initially funded by New York metals trader and renowned supporter of Jewish community causes Ludwig Jesselson, and was named after his mother, Amalie.

Re’ut High School  

A pluralistic community school in Jerusalem, established in 1999 by pedagogic visionary Dr. Aryeh Geiger (z”l) under the banner of Jewish learning, social action and mutual respect. Students and teachers come from all streams of Judaism, with respect and appreciation of the history and traditions of the different Jewish streams. Re’ut opened a world of possibilities for Israel’s youngest citizens and for a new breed of educators committed to reducing social and educational polarization. Through these initiatives and others, Re’ut is actively involved in supporting the community.

Sindiana – The Arab Youth Village for Young Leadership

The first Arab youth village for young leadership – Sindiana – is a unique project, the first of its kind in Israel opened in September 2017.  It is a collaboration between the Society for Advancement of Education, Jerusalem, and a group of social  entrepreneurs and education professionals from the Arab community, together with Givat Haviva and the Menashe Regional Council. The school and residence was developed and established in order to train a group of young Arab leaders, who will be involved with and influence their society. Founded on the principles of multi-culturalism, pluralism, and civil and social equality, Sindiana provides a holistic educational framework, offering the student personal development, strengthening of his or her educational and social skills, and cultivation of activist leadership based upon the roots of Arab culture. The youth village is located on the Givat Haviva campus, and includes a junior-high and high school, and a residence. Some 190 students studied there in its first year and more than 400 are attending in year two.

Shoshanim Arts and Science High School for Haredi Girls

Shoshanim is the first four-year high school in Israel for Haredi girls focused on teaching sciences and providing the necessary education for optimum matriculation certificates, preparing girls to continue on to academic study and to be well-positioned to enter the labor market. The three pillars of the school are Science, Personal Development and Judaism, all at the highest level. The school cultivates the academic abilities of each student, alongside an emphasis on each student’s unique talents, and educates for communal and social involvement. Shoshanim, which opened in September 2018, is located in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem and will add one grade level each year until it reaches full capacity. The school is operated by the Society for Advancement of Education in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Education.