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Mikve Israel was founded in 1870 by Alliance – Kol Israel Haverim (KIAH) as the first agricultural school in Israel, and played an important role in the founding of the State. But as Israel developed into a technologically advanced country, Mikve's traditional strengths lost relevance; this was reflected in decreasing public budgets and declining student registration.


The Rashi Foundation, which has a time-honored connection to Mikve Israel, joined forces with KIAH in an ambitious renewal plan that will allow Mikve to regain its place as a leading educational institute, preserving the best of the past while building the future.


Today, Mikve Israel has three high schools – secular, religious, and a unique French-Israeli School – educating a total of 1,200 youngsters, 240 of them boarding students. The renewal plan is designed to create a modern educational campus that will attract students and facilitate cooperation and pooling of resources betwen the schools.


A science center within the campus will serve students of all three schools, as well as youth from neighboring towns.


An additional key element of the plan involves the historic site that represents the heritage of Mikve Israel. It will be developed into an educational-cultural center offering a memorable experience for visitors. One of the buildings has already been restored to serve as the new educational center of KIAH.




Alliance Israélite Universelle - KIAH

Merage Israel Foundation

Friends of AIU in Southern California

Agudat Sabah

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Finance

Prime Minister’s Office

Society for Preservation of Heritage Sites