Education Toward Employment in the Haredi Sector

Haredi Education Toward Employment

 Education Toward Employment in the Haredi Sector

Need: The Haredi sector in Jerusalem, some 200,000 people, 100,000 of them children, is the poorest of the city's Jewish population. Its participation in the workforce lags far behind that of other sectors, which has created a community-wide financial crisis that is affecting Jerusalem as a whole.

Response: Working, together with the Municipality and implementing partners, the Jerusalem Foundation has developed a number of responses that range both in intensity and target age. These include:

  • Science and Humanities enrichment for Haredi pupils, one-time experiences and multi-session classes in computers, English, nature, zoology, archeology, history and general science. From 700 participants in 2007, this program today encompasses over 20,000 in activities in cooperation with schools and community.
  • Strengthening New Haredi State Schools, Talmudei Torah (elementary age) and Yeshivot (age 13 and up) that include significant study of math, English and other “secular” subjects (Liba studies) alongside religious studies for both girls and boys, under curricular supervision of the Israel Ministry of Education.
  • Pre-professional and Vocational Training Scholarships for a number of higher education institutions in Jerusalem, including: the Haredi College, Machon Lev, Lamda Center, Beit Ve’Gan College, Open University, the Hadassah Academic College, and more.

Impact: 71% of Haredi men and 76% of Haredi women with academic degrees are employed, as opposed to 34% and 50% respectively, of those without.

Partners: Jerusalem Education Authority

Funding needed: NIS 20,000 – 200,000 for different programming elements