Then and now:
Maaleh Amos was the first haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community to be established in Gush Etzion. It was founded by a group of yeshiva 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, mostly from the former Soviet Union. 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 scholars; others work in various spheres, including teaching, computers, free professions, and manual labor. An industrial area is currently under development nearby.