Ma’ale Amos [Photo Credit: Aharon Leshchinskiy]

Ma’aleh Amos (Ascent of Amos) is located approximately 20 km southeast of Jerusalem. Maaleh Amos was the first haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community to be established in Gush Etzion. It was founded by a group of yeshiva (Jewish seminary) students from Aish ha-Torah in Jerusalem and was named after the prophet Amos, who lived many centuries ago in nearby Tekoa.

Approximately 60 haredi families, both Israeli-born and immigrants, live in Ma’ale Amos. The community is currently expanding and expects to welcome another 60 families over the coming year. Some residents of Maaleh Amos are full-time Torah students; others work in various professions, including education, computer science, and manual labor.

Maaleh Amos is located within the jurisdiction of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, but has its own locality due to its size, making it a city. In 2015 it had a population of 384. The city is located in the portion of Israel that was designated for the tribe of Judah.