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New York, November 16, 2005...... The appointment of Arnold Gerson, a resident of West Hempstead, New York, and veteran fund raising executive in the organized Jewish community, as executive vice president of AMIT has been announced by Jan Schechter, national president. Mr. Gerson’s appointment was effective November 14, 2005.

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“I welcome the opportunity,” Mr. Gerson commented, “to join an organization with which I believe I can have a significant impact.

“I am looking forward,” he added, “to moving AMIT to even greater heights of achievement. AMIT has a fabulous mission and I am proud to be part of it.”

Mr. Gerson was born in South Africa and earned a BA in psychology, English and Jewish Studies at Natal University. He then lived in Israel for five years where he studied at the Meir Institute of Jewish Studies and received a Master’s degree in social and industrial psychology from Bar-Ilan University.

He came to the United States in 1985. He has spent most of his career at UJA-Federation of Greater New York, working as assistant director of the Leadership Development Division, campaign director of the Lawyers/Financial Campaign and, most recently, executive director responsible for managing and developing the Annual Campaign. He also has served as a campaign consultant for National UJA and as a campaign director for the Jewish National Fund.

Mr. Gerson is married to Esther Gerson, an American whom he met and wed in Israel. They are the parents of three daughters, Kayli, 17, Eden, 15, and Dana, 10. Mrs. Gerson is also a Jewish communal professional who worked for many years at the Sephardic Community Center in Brooklyn and is now a consultant for several Jewish organizations.

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AMIT educates and cares for Israel’s youth, including the most vulnerable. More than three quarters of AMIT students cope with educational, psychological, economic and/or social risk factors. AMIT approaches each child as an individual, maximizing his or her potential, and enabling our students to become vital, productive members of Israeli society. The AMIT schools promote religious tolerance, service to the state and the recognition that every child is blessed with unique talents and abilities. Founded in 1925, AMIT operates more than 60 schools, youth villages, surrogate family residences and other programs, constituting Israel’s only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies.

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