Local AMIT Chapter Honors Sylvia Gross


On Thursday, May 12, AMIT Children L.A. brought together, for the first time ever, its President’s Circle and Chai Society Members for an Appreciation Dinner at La Gondola. The organization presented Ms. Sylvia Gross with a lifetime achievement award for her continuous dedication to the AMIT students in Israel since 1972.

The Baran/Spiwak family sponsored the evening to honor Sylvia’s hard work. On hand to present the award was AMIT’s New National President, Debbie Moed, who flew in from New York.

Founded in 1925, AMIT now cares for more than 32,000 children and young people in 110 schools, youth villages, child care facilities, and other programs throughout Israel. The organization offers services in 29 Israeli cities, communities, and development towns, with some 70 percent of their students coming from severely dysfunctional homes, struggling immigrant families, or families at or below poverty level. AMIT is Israel’s only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education which incorporates academic and technological studies.

AMIT ensures that all its students receive an excellent education, a deep understanding and appreciation for their Jewish heritage, and the kind of nurturing and special attention that will enable them to become productive members of Israeli society.

AMIT’s President’s Circle and Chai Society is comprised of annual major gift donors. Its members are rapidly growing in Los Angeles. 40 people attended last Thursday’s event.

Ms. Gross, the dinner’s honoree, says, “Keeping busy and helping others is what’s kept me feeling good. The children of Israel represent the future of the Jewish people, and I’m proud to have done my part through AMIT Children.”