About the institute

Who we are?

The Summit Institute is a non-profit organization that works in cooperation with the Ministries of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Defense, the Municipality of Jerusalem and the National Insurance, for over 50 years, to promote and rehabilitate three populations with unique therapeutic needs

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Foster care for children at risk

The Summit Institute accompanies and supports children who have been removed from their homes after severe abuse and/or neglect. The Summit Institute recruits and trains foster families for this highly responsible position, provides assistance in the field of therapy and education for the children in the families, and accompanies the foster parents through professionals while running support groups, enrichment activities and ongoing assistance.

Adolescents and young adults and mentally challenged

The Summit Institute provides ground-breaking rehabilitation in the community for victims of the Summit. The rehabilitation includes personal psychological treatment, social rehabilitation, psychiatric accompaniment, occupational rehabilitation, therapeutic community and sheltered housing.

The Summit Institute provides professional, comprehensive, in-depth treatment

and emotional for populations with unique needs, for their rehabilitation and integration into normative life and active and healthy community life, in loyalty to the Institute's values

The statement of the CEO of the Summit Institute

As someone who has been involved in treatment and mental rehabilitation for many years, I am very proud to be the head of the Summit Institute association, which has been treating for over 40 years, about 2000 rehabilitated people, children and parents.
From a professional point of view, the Summit Institute is a therapeutic, professional and renowned institute, which is always confident in finding optimal ways to improve, expand and deepen the treatment and rehabilitation for children, teenagers, young adults and their parents.

As a pioneer in the field of rehabilitation and mental treatment, the Summit Institute, as early as 1973, championed the rehabilitation of young people suffering from mental harm within the community framework, outside of psychiatric hospitals. From then until today, the institute is considered among the professional community to be a pioneer in comprehensive psychosocial treatment, which accompanies its patients towards leading an independent and healthy life.

In 2003, the Summit Institute took on the complex task of managing and implementing the foster care service in the Jerusalem and South districts. In this framework, the institute recruits foster families, tests and trains the foster families, names children at risk, accompanies the foster families, and in fact creates a professional and active foster community for families and children.

Since 2008, the Summit Institute has operated the "Essence Center", designed to treat parents of teenagers in crisis, in collaboration with the Jerusalem Municipality. The center provides care and support to parents who need professional assistance in raising their teenage children. The Essence Center provides parents with professional guidance and personal and family therapies, therapeutic groups and lectures.

I am most proud, because together with its growth and development, the Summit Institute maintains a very high professional level. The staff members of the Summit Institute are first class professionals in Israel, who specialize and receive training at any time in their fields of activity, and receive professional recognition for this. The Summit Institute and myself advocate a human encounter with our patients, in-depth vision and integrative and collaborative work, which sees all areas of the child's, adolescent's and young adult's life as one whole.

As someone who knows the topic of treatment and rehabilitation from a professional angle, I am thrilled every day anew, and proud to manage the Summit Institute, headed by a team full of joy and commitment, which gives hope and meaning, and improves the quality of life of its patients.

Best regards,

Yoni Bogat, CEO of the Summit

The members of the Executive Committee of the Summit Institute work voluntarily, accompany the activity of the association and contribute to it in their areas of expertise:

Here for You, Always.

Executive Director of the Summit Institute
Yoni Bogot

Manager of finances, administration and accessibility

Sharona Sharet

Director of Foster Care Services

Netta Siboni

Head of Professional Services

Danny Steinberg

Director of Therapeutic Rehabilitation

Neri Sraya

Director of Resource Development and Public Relations

Mira Werker
Director of External Affairs and Friends of Summit
Yael Proos Gantz

History and activity of the association today

A look into the past

The Summit Institute was established by three therapy and education professionals who immigrated to Israel from the USA, where they were involved in the rehabilitation of teenagers with organic difficulties. The late Zvi Stiskin, Prof. Stanley Schneider and Dave Schonburon founded the institute in Israel at the beginning of 1973. In its early years, the institute's activities, which were established In the settlement of Almagor at the foot of the Golan, around patients who came to Israel from the USA.

The Yom Kippur War forced the Institute to move to Jerusalem and locate at 44 Shimon Street. With the success in rehabilitating those boys and girls who came from the USA, the Institute's activities expanded to Israeli youths as well, and in 1976 an agreement was signed with the kibbutz movement, through Dr. Mordechai Kapman, and twelve rehabilitators came to the summit .

Haim Deutsch took over the administration of the adolescent community in 1977. Later, towards 1981, an outpatient clinic was also opened at the Summit, under the management of the late Hanita Berman, a framework that would soon become a unit of hostels and later the therapeutic community for adults under the management of Liora Harel.

In 1980, the then Minister of Health, Eliezer Shostak, visited the Summit, and following the visit, the institute received recognition and a license and began to accept youth at the national level, not only from kibbutzim.

All three settings - the American unit, the Israeli unit and the outpatient clinic - were served by Summit's vocational rehabilitation center, where all the rehabilitated would go every morning.

The expansion of Summit's activities results in a major organizational change. In 1989, Haim Deutsch moved to the position of deputy director of the institute and is responsible for the Israeli part, and Stanley Schneider continued to manage and focus on youth from abroad. Towards 1994, the insurance funding from the USA was stopped, and the American unit was closed. Shortly after, Stanley Schneider finished his position and the management of the institute passed into the hands of Haim Deutsch.

Haim Deutsch managed Summit until June 2009. During his time, the rehabilitation units expanded, and after the mental health reform, the sheltered housing framework was also established.

In 2003, Summit won the tender to operate the foster care service in the Jerusalem and southern districts, and later, towards the middle of 2008, the "Mahot" center, a parent center for teenagers, was added to the activity, in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Labor and Welfare. In 2018, Summit won the operation of the therapeutic foster care in the districts of Jerusalem and the South.

In June 2009, the management of the institute passed into the hands of Yoni Bogat.

The activity of the association today

1. The service for emergency foster and foster families

The Summit Institute manages and operates the service for foster families and emergency foster families in the Jerusalem and South districts, under the supervision and cooperation of the Ministry of Welfare, thus providing a response to babies and children at risk who have been removed from the custody of their biological parents.

Each child is assigned a unique care plan, coordinated and with the cooperation of the social services department, for the entire period they were in the foster family.

Join the foster families

The tasks of the service for foster families:

  • Accompanying and guiding the foster families and the emergency nanny by foster carers.

  • Accompanying the proper development of the child and adolescent in all areas of life.

  • Establishing and nurturing a database of foster families to receive children.

  • Mobilizing resources to enrich the services provided to children and foster families.

2. Rehabilitation of the mentally challenged

The association works to rehabilitate mentally challenged people who suffer from mental and functional problems. Mostly, after psychiatric hospitalization. The therapeutic-rehabilitation program is based on comprehensive psychosocial treatment, which combines psychological treatment, psychiatric treatment and occupational rehabilitation.

The Summit Institute operates six therapeutic-rehabilitation units:

A therapeutic community for adults

קהילה טיפולית למבוגרים צעירים.

sheltered housing

occupational rehabilitation

Sports, health and performing arts center

יחידת 'ניצן'.

Association reports and documents

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Donations to Summit Institute activities - because their future is in your hands

עמותת מכון סאמיט מזמינה אתכם לקחת חלק חשוב ומשמעותי ולהעניק סיכוי לילדים בסיכון.

איתכם ובזכותכם נוכל לקדם את הפרויקטים הבאים:

הפרויקטים שלנו באומנה:

  • Special accompaniment for children with special needs ליווי מתוגבר בו הילדים והמשפחות מקבלות מענה ייחודי אשר מסייע למשפחות ולילדים ומונע קריסות אומנה.

  • Find a warm home לאפשר לכל ילד וילדה שנאלצו לצאת מבית הוריהם לעבור תהליך שיקום משמעותי במשפחת אומנה אוהבת ומחבקת שהולמת את צרכיו הייחודים ולתמוך בדרך לעתיד טוב יותר.

  • Emergency shelter foster בעזרתכם ואיתכם נעניק למשפחות אומנת חירום שמעניקות מענה זמני 24/7 לתינוקות ופעוטות אשר הוצאו בצו חירום מבית הוריהם ימי כיף ,חווית מרעננות, טיולים, וציוד הכרחי לתינוקות וילדים.


כל התרומות לעמותת מכון סאמיט הינן מוכרות לצרכי מס על פי סעיף 46 א'.

תרומות ניתן להעביר באמצעות:

1. לתרומה מאובטחת Click here.

2. משלוח צ'ק לפקודת "מכון סאמיט" לת.ד. 10234, ירושלים, 91101.

3. Bank transfer:

    The International Bank – 31

    Telpiot branch, branch 074, Jerusalem

    Account No. 409-220604

קבלה לצרכי מס תשלח אליכם עם קבלת התרומה – עם תודה רבה מאיתנו לכם.

Special activities for our convalescents

We invite you to help us rehabilitate and promote the mentally rehabilitated with us

between the projects in rehabilitation:

  • "Summit Theater Group" מורכבת מ- 20 מתמודדים בין הגילאים 19-40. מטרת פעילות הקבוצה הינו תהליך שיקומי במסגרת תיאטרון סאמיט, שמאפשר ביטוי עצמי תוך התנסות במשחק ומופע מול קהל.

  • A group of struggling parents - More and more patients who turn to us are parents who need a unique solution that, in addition to helping them deal with mental difficulties, will also give space to the axis of parenting in their lives. The sheltered housing framework offers the parents treated by us additional support and accompaniment regarding the significant and complex role of parenting, all the more so since they are faced with massive and daily mental difficulties. Another goal of the accompaniment is to empower the parent, to give a significant place to his parenting and to allow him to be in touch with being a parent on the emotional and functional meanings arising from it.

  • Nizan program תוכנית ייחודית עבור נפגעות מיניות – From victims to victors- A program to empower and improve the quality of life of women facing mental illnesses as a result of sexual abuse.
  • מלגות לימודים- אנו מזמינים אתכם לתמוך ולעזור למתמודדים אשר בוחרים במסלול אקדמאי ומתקשים בתשלום הלימודים.


כל התרומות לעמותת מכון סאמיט הינן מוכרות לצרכי מס על פי סעיף 46 א'.

תרומות ניתן להעביר באמצעות:

1. תרומה מאובטחת Click here.

2. משלוח צ'ק לפקודת "מכון סאמיט" לת.ד. 10234, ירושלים, 91101.

3. Bank transfer:

    The International Bank – 31

    Telpiot branch, branch 074, Jerusalem

    Account No. 409-220604

קבלה לצרכי מס תשלח אליכם עם קבלת התרומה – עם תודה רבה מאיתנו לכם.

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Foster care for children at risk

Treatment and rehabilitation for the mentally injured

Parent center for teenagers

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