Israeli MK Michael Biton, SAE Brainstorming Day Participant, Shares His Thoughts

by Michael Biton, Knesset member in the Blue and White Alliance and mayor of his hometown, Yeruham, from 2010 to 2018.

MK Michael Biton, right, with SAE Executive Director Eitan Moran

Eitan Moran, my friend, the Executive Director of the Society for Advancement of Education (SAE), invited me for a brainstorming session with the management and staff for the formulation of a future vision and focus for the SAE in Israel and the world.

I was deeply impressed that a great and powerful organization is already taking the time to challenge itself for the next few years to hone its already formidable innovation capabilities. I contributed what ideas I could.

One of the special things about the SAE is that it is home to educational entrepreneurs who bring with them a personal dream for Israeli society. In this way, Hadas Reis breaks down boundaries in gender and creates Inbar, a girls’ high school for excellence that combines religious and non-religious. Thus, the wonderful Rabbi Bezalel Cohen found a home at the SAE and established a yeshiva high school for the ultra-Orthodox.  So does Attorney Ali Haider, who leads the programs in the Arab community, including the establishment of Sindiana, the first Arab Youth Village for Leadership in Israel.

MK Michael Biton talking with SAE senior staff at the future vision brainstorming session on Feb. 25, 2020.

Many of my friends owe the SAE thanks for the opportunity they received for education and learning.

The Society for the Advancement of Education Jerusalem is a non-profit educational-social educational organization, founded in 1962, with the aim of reducing social and educational gaps in Israel and fostering educational and value excellence in youth.

SAE initiates, develops and operates educational solutions for youth and young people through schools, boarding schools and programs and educational projects.

SAE has 16 educational institutions — schools and boarding schools, including: Boyar High School in Jerusalem, one of Israel’s leading educational institutions, Hachmey Lev Yeshiva combines religious studies with full matriculation studies, Sindiana – the first Arab youth village for young leadership, Re’ut School in Jerusalem, a pluralistic school that promotes integration and rich social work, and Ulpanat Talya, with a unique state-of-the-art curriculum for religious girls.

It is noteworthy that a large and stable organization such as this takes time to think about the future and not solely focus on the current situation. Continue your practice of looking ahead and I will always be at your disposal.

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