AMIT, Israel’s premier religious Zionist education network, has named veteran South Florida Jewish communal executive Roni Raab, Ed.D. as its new southeast regional director.

AMIT plays an indispensable role in transforming the educational landscape across Israel, making Raab’s more than three decades of education and communal work in the region a major asset for the organization. In his new role he will work to strategically advance AMIT’s programming and development goals in South Florida and Georgia.

Raab most recently served as the executive director of the South Florida office of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) where he and his team more than tripled annual campaign donations in a six-year period. Raab came to JNF after nearly 20 years as an educator in South Florida Jewish day schools, including stints a as head of school of the Hebrew Academy (RASG) in Miami Beach, and beforehand at Hillel Day School in Boca Raton. Earlier in his career he served Boca Raton’s Donna Klein Jewish Academy as its middle school and founding high school principal.

“Roni’s knowledge of the southeast region’s donor communities and his passions for education and Israel, are so well aligned with our strategic vision. The impact he will have locally will be of enormous benefit to Israel’s youth,” said AMIT President Audrey Axelrod Trachtman. “In particular, his years of serving as a top educator have provided him with first-hand knowledge of the fundamental impact that forward thinking educational methodologies, like those that our network incubates in Israel, have on children and the future of society.”

“There is a tremendous opportunity for AMIT in South Florida, a community filled with a passion for Israel and strengthening its future with innovative education systems for its children. I am honored to have been chosen to lead our effort regionally. There is so much opportunity for us here,” said Raab.

Raab earned his doctorate in leadership and administration from Florida Atlantic University, his master’s degree from Florida International University, and his bachelor’s degree from Bar Ilan University. He resides in Boca Raton with his wife and children.

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