In the past 30 years, school networks have sprouted up all over Israel, founded either by parent group initiatives or by organizations which were seeking an alternative to the existing school system. These networks are fully recognized by the department of education and can be found in both the religious and the non-religious sectors.
We have provided a list of these networks in alphabetical order with short descriptions of their philosophies and links to their Websites. Please note that not all of these schools provide complete services for Olim, and we encourage parents to do comprehensive research on the schools that are of interest.
AMIT – To provide a comprehensive Jewish and secular education to children from different socio-economic backgrounds. There are a number of schools in this network that are geared specifically towards students looking for a combination of an enriched Torah education, a strong academic environment and community involvement. See: www.amit.org.il (Hebrew) or www.amitchildren.org (English)
Beeri (Shalom Hartman Institute) – To provide non-religious high school students with a meaningful and pluralistic Jewish education that empowers their sense of Jewish identity, expands their knowledge of Jewish values and texts, and fosters their commitment to Jewish pluralism. Click here for more information (English with a full listing of the schools)
Bnei Akiva Yeshiva Center – To educate a generation of students who are dedicated to Torah learning and observance, who are trained to participate in all facets of modern Israeli life and are willing to dedicate themselves to the country, to the land and to the Torah. They have both ulpanot and yeshiva high schools. See: www.yba.org.il (Hebrew only)
Branco Weiss – To provide personalized attention to each student and to his/her particular needs by focusing on their cognitive, emotional and social development. The students are taught in both regular classes and in small groups in order to facilitate more personal attention for each student. See: ww.brancoweiss.org.il (Hebrew only)
Institute for Democratic Education – To provide a pluralistic educational environment that encourages learning with independence, choice and freedom. The schools rest on three fundamental values: preserving human beings’ dignity, rights and obligations and helping children to identify and fulfill their objectives. See:
www.democratics.org.il (Hebrew and limited English)
Israel Home Education Association – To provide support, activities and resources for “homeschoolers” and “unschoolers” in Israel, and promote awareness of home education in Israel. Each child must receive permission to be homeschooled from the Ministry of Education. See: www.israelhomeschool.org/faq.htm (English)
Meytarim – To create an environment in which religious and non-religious students will learn together. To impart a Jewish education that will be based on Jewish law and tradition as a starting- point for discussion, with a non-coercive approach that permits pluralistic expression of their Jewish heritage. See: www.meytarim.org.il/ (Hebrew and limited English)
Religious Kibbutz Movement – To educate students to a life of “Torah V’Avodah” (Torah values and their practical application in all facets of human activity). There are 4 schools which service both the religious kibbutz and children who live in yishuvim in the surrounding areas. See: www.kdati.org.il (Hebrew only)
Tali (Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies) – To provide enhanced Jewish studies programs in a pluralistic spirit in state-run (mamlachti) schools and to enrich the official curriculum with additional Jewish-Zionist content and values. Most of the schools in the network are regular public schools which have a Tali track in their curriculum. There are a few schools which are semi-private Tali schools. See: www.tali.org.il (Hebrew and English)
Tzviya Merchavya (and Noam) – To inculcate strong Torah values and to encourage its graduates to take leadership roles in Israeli society. This network includes elementary schools, ulpanot and yeshiva high schools. The elementary schools (for boys and girls) and the yeshiva high schools for boys are called by the name Noam. The ulpanot are called by the name Tzviya.