The Jerusalem Institute for Education (MILAH) was established in Jerusalem in 1994 by the Morrison family from the United States. MILAH is home to a diverse community of new and veteran Olim, visitors and others, who seek to learn more about Israeli society and culture. Participants at MILAH can improve and develop their Hebrew skills as well as take part in unique activities that provide exposure to the many different facets of Israeli life. In turn, the knowledge and experience gained through these activities facilitate their acclimatisation into Israeli society. MILAH accommodates over a thousand individuals from all persuasions and backgrounds each year.
MILAH’s mission is to:
• Provide the tools for opening channels of communication in order to create better understanding and tolerance between diverse communities within Israeli society.
• Develop models of coexistence to deepen the sense of belonging while acclimatising to Israeli life.
• Create a meeting place to serve as the foundation for building understanding and cooperation between people of different backgrounds.
All activities at MILAH are supported by a Board of Directors who are professionals in fields as diverse as medicine, law, psychology, literature and journalism. The Board is comprised of both new and veteran Olim and established Israelis, all of whom are immersed and involved in Israeli society and culture. We have our own accountant who supervises all our undertakings at the Institute.
Following the example of the Board of Directors, the staff at MILAH is also comprised of Olim and established Israelis. The senior staff is comprised of people form varying professional backgrounds whose fields of study include: business management, Israeli and Arab literature, teaching Hebrew as a second language, education, theatre, history and philosophy of the Jewish people, and more.
Since its’ establishment, our organization has enabled hundreds of new Olim to become independent through facilitating their use of Hebrew on a daily basis, and assisting their integration by helping them recognise and deal with the day to day challenges faced by many leading a life in Israel. The ulpan attracts students from all parts of the world, and from a range of religions and nationalities, who all come to study in Jerusalem. This framework, which promotes tolerance and openness between the many different types of people who live in Israel, is unique in its success.