November 2020 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5781,  Volume 26, Issue 11

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Elana and Shami Minkove

New Rochelle Couple to be Honored by AMIT

Ayelet Zurer, star of Shtisel, Munich, Angels & Demons will host The Bessies, AMIT’s Academy Awards with special appearances by Mayim Bialik and musical superstar Idan Raichel. Nancy Spielberg, writer and producer, will serve as a guest judge of the student films. Named after AMIT founder Bessie Gotsfeld, AMIT’s virtual gala will showcase four student filmmakers who were selected from more than 50 films created by AMIT students this year. AMIT is honoring several supporters from around the country who have demonstrated enormous passion for AMIT’s mission.


AMIT is proud to present their first-ever virtual Academy Awards Gala on Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. CST, and 5 p.m. PST. This is AMIT’s most important and biggest celebration of the year.


The event will feature the award-winning student films that will showcase the impact an AMIT education has had on children throughout Israel.  It promises to be an inspiring evening that will make you proud of AMIT as the leader of educational innovation throughout Israel. Your support of AMIT’s Gala will raise much-needed funds for their 41,000 students, 70% who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Elana and Shami Minkove, of New Rochelle, are being honored for their strong commitment to AMIT Children. “Our dedication and support of AMIT is a value that we learned at a young age from watching our parents’, grandparents’, and great grandparents’ steadfast support of the State of Israel and their emphasis on the importance of an excellent education,” they remarked.


For 95 years, AMIT has supported the children of Israel, first bringing refugees from war-torn Europe to establishing a 106 schools and youth villages that was named the number one educational network by Israel’s Ministry of Education for the third year in a row. This is possible because of the pedagogical methodology AMIT employs that focusses on a child-centered learning experience so that every child gets the support needed to realize their full potential. By creating critical self-reliant thinkers, AMIT children are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century and given the tools to succeed and ensure that Israel remains a strong and vital society.


In these most challenging times, it takes a village to raise a child. It takes the power of an innovative education to take that child to greater heights. For information and to register, visit


Founded in 1925, AMIT is the premier education network in Israel, serving more than 41,000 students each year in its 106 schools in 32 cities throughout Israel. AMIT enables students to realize their fullest potential and strengthens Israeli society by educating and nurturing children from diverse backgrounds within a framework of academic excellence, Jewish values, and Zionist ideals. For more information,  visit