Gan Ami Jewish School

Day school

Marseille, France
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About the school

The school follows the French national curriculum while also providing a strong Jewish education that includes Hebrew language, Jewish history, and Jewish culture. In addition to academic subjects, the school also offers extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and art.Gan Ami has a reputation for academic excellence and has consistently ranked among the top schools in Marseille. It is known for its warm and welcoming community and its commitment to providing a nurturing environment for its students.

Gan Ami School is strongly connected to Israel, and 4 built-in educational visits in Israel are an integral part of every student’s 12-year learning track. Many graduates make volunteer army service in Israel and join various educational programs, some of them consequently making aliya. Those who stay in France, become the core of young Jewish professionals’ milieu and the next generation of the Jewish community leadership.Yael Foundation has been providing support to the school since the studying year 2022-2023. In the first year the grant covered the part-time employment of the Israeli emissary, Rabbi Yona Asherof, aimed at strengthening the Jewish studies curriculum and training the local staff. Since 2023, the grant will be used to hire a full-time local coordinator, as well as for educational materials and trainings.

About the community

Gan Ami was founded in 1979 by a group of parents who wanted to create a school that would provide a Jewish education to their children while also meeting the requirements of the French national educational system.

Initially, the school had only a few classes and a small number of students. However, over the years, it has grown significantly and now has more than 860 students from preschool through high school, coming from about 650 Jewish families of Marseille and its suburbs. Today there are two classes in each parallel. Two school buildings are located one opposite the other in the central area of Marseille, not far from the historic Grand Synagogue in Breteuil Street.