The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel

One of the biggest challenges facing Israel in the coming years is to integrate the rapidly growing ultra-Orthodox minority into Israeli society and the economy. Yet the government of Israel lacks a comprehensive national plan to deal with all aspects of the problem, including education, defense, economics and identity. 

The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program seeks to provide the government with research-based policy proposals for integrating Israel’s ultra-Orthodox into Israeli society while allowing them to preserve their unique identity. The program has developed a Master Plan for Haredi Employment, much of which has been adopted by the Israeli government, and plans to create similar blueprints for change in the realms of K-12 education, higher education and military service.

View our Master Plan for Ultra-Orthodox Employment>> 

View the most recent Statitical Report on Ultra-Orthodox in Israel>>

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    Dr. Gilad Malach

    Director

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    Dr. Gilad Malach is the Director of IDI's Ultra-Orthodox in Israel program. He co-authored the Master Plan for Ultra-Orthodox Employment (along with Doron Cohen and Haim Zicherman) and was editor of the Statistical Report on Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel (in copperation with Dr. Lee Cahaner and Dr. Maya Choshen). He was director of implementation of the Gabison-Meidan Covenant Project at the Avi Chai Foundation and content manager of the Committee on Sharing the Security Burden in the Eighteenth Knesset.

     

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    Yair Ettinger

    Researcher

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    Prof. Benjamin Brown

    Research Fellow

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    An expert on ultra-Orthodox Judaism and its religious formation. The author of the book The Chazon Ish, Brown did his post-doctoral work at Harvard University.

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    Dr. Nechumi Yaffe

    Researcher

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    Yael Cohen

    Research Assistant

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    Dr. Lee Cahaner

    Researcher

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    A social geographer and head of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and a senior lecturer in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department at Oranim Academic College of Education.

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    Bar Emanuel

    Research Assistant

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    Dr. Asaf Malchi

    Researcher

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    Dr. Asaf Malchi is a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute, in the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel program. His research focuses on current social and economic trends  in the community, in the areas of employment,  higher education, military and Civilian  National Service, and more. These studies provide important input to  decision makers in crafting policy on the ultra-Orthodox.

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    Dr. Eitan Regev

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    Dr. Eitan Regev is an economist and a Research Fellow at Israel Democracy Institute. He is regarded as one of the leading experts in research of the Ultra-Orthodox economy in Israel. Dr. Regev's research encompasses a variety of fields, including labor productivity, the Haredi economy, the cost of living, food insecurity, and the Israeli health system. 

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    Ariel Finkelstein

    Researcher

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    Researcher in the Center for Governance and Economy and in the Center for Religion, Nation and State