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.

This program is generously supported by the Russell Berrie Foundation.

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 the 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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    Dr. Nissim Leon

    Researcher

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    A senior lecturer in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Bar-Ilan University, an MA advisor in the department, and acting head of the organizational consulting project.

     

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    Bar Emanuel

    Research Assistant

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    Dr. Asaf Malchi

    Researcher

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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.