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Contradictory messages exuding from the State of Israel to Diaspora Jewry

Contradictory messages exuding from the State of Israel to Diaspora Jewry

This week, two reports were published in the media, which directly contradicted Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Education Naftali Bennett's words just last month: "The State of Israel belongs to all the Jews of the world.


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The number of Haredi yeshiva students has fallen for the past 5 years

The number of Haredi yeshiva students has fallen for the past 5 years

According to the Ministry of Education, the rise in the number of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students has stopped, holding steady at approximately 70,000. The percentage of ultra-Orthodox men studying full-time in yeshivas dropped over the course of recent years from 61% to 50%.

Israeli Funds for Youth at Risk Skewed Toward ultra-Orthodox Jews

Israeli Funds for Youth at Risk Skewed Toward ultra-Orthodox Jews

Some 60 percent of the funds budgeted for youth at risk goes toward helping ultra-Orthodox teenagers, even though they are only 15 percent of the teen population, according to Social Affairs Ministry data compiled by Hiddush.

Ministry of Religious Services budget increased by more than 100%

Ministry of Religious Services budget increased by more than 100%

The budget for the construction and renovation of buildings for religious services will be increased by 50 million NIS (123%), the budget for the Ministry of Religious Services will be increased to nearly 150%, and the budget for cemeteries will be increase by 500%. The millions budgeted for the ultra-Orthodox parties by the Likud in exchange for their political support were merely a down payment - a base level for further increases.

Hiddush analysis of Israel’s state budget

Hiddush analysis of Israel’s state budget

The state budget for yeshivas is expected to grow by 419 million shekels, an increase of three-quarters. This is blow to the heart of Israel’s future, and a slap in the voters' faces.

The Coalition Agreements: Religion and State Clauses

The Coalition Agreements: Religion and State Clauses

We are pleased to present to you the analysis report prepared by Hiddush on the religion and state clauses in Israel's 2015 coalition agreements. The document deals with budgets matters; education; freedom of religion and equality of civic burden.

Hiddush Reports: Appx. NIS 1 Billion Added to Religious Institutions from Annual Budget

Hiddush Reports: Appx. NIS 1 Billion Added to Religious Institutions from Annual Budget

Hiddush- Freedom of Religion for Israel completed a comprehensive investigation focusing on internal changes to the national budget through the Knesset's Finance Committee. The report found that a significant amount of funds were added onto the budget without any external supervision.

Mofaz and Netanyahu unity government must promote equality

Mofaz and Netanyahu unity government must promote equality

Amid the shocking news of the Netanyahu and Mofaz unity government, it is critical "to take advantage of having a clear civil majority in the coalition to advance the recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee", and promote true equality in Israel.

83% of Jewish Israelis want change in housing subsidies

83% of Jewish Israelis want change in housing subsidies

83% of Jewish Israelis believe housing subsidies should follow the recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee, as opposed to current policies which overwhelmingly favor the ultra-Orthodox population.

Hiddush commends Supreme Court ruling on Tal Law

Hiddush commends Supreme Court ruling on Tal Law

Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling, by a majority of 6:3, voided the “Tal Law” and said mass exemption of Yeshiva students from military service must be stopped

In 2059, the ultra-Orthodox will make up between 23% and 40% of Israel’s population, says Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics

In 2059, the ultra-Orthodox will make up between 23% and 40% of Israel’s population, says Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics

Shahar Ilan, Hiddush Vice President: "Any government that doesn’t work to integrate ultra-Orthodox into society sells out our children's future, the future of Zionism and the future of those ultra-Orthodox children"

Hiddush to the Treasury: Transfer allocated funds to recruit ultra-Orthodox men

Hiddush to the Treasury: Transfer allocated funds to recruit ultra-Orthodox men

Knesset working group discovers that recruitment of 200 ultra-Orthodox men was rejected because the Treasury is unwilling to fulfill commits to pay. Rabbi Uri Regev: “Recruiting ultra-Orthodox men is an investment in the economy, not rivaled by many.” Calls on ultra-Orthodox political parties to join the struggle

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests

Protest leaders did their utmost to stick to economic demands.

Trajtenberg Committee Recommends Compulsory core curriculum, limiting the study of young men in yeshiva.

Trajtenberg Committee Recommends Compulsory core curriculum, limiting the study of young men in yeshiva.

The Trajtenberg Committee, appointed by the Prime Minister to address the public’s concern on socio-economic issues, has released its findings. They have made bold recommendations, asking to require ultra-Orthodox schools to utilize core curriculum, and limit publicly funded yeshiva study to five years except in the case of prodigies. CEO Rabbi Uri Regev called for Netanyahu to implement the recommendations in full and stave off pressures from ultra-Orthodox political parties.

U.S. Ambassador: Integration of Ultra-Orthodox American Interest

U.S. Ambassador: Integration of Ultra-Orthodox American Interest

Ambassor Dan Shapiro: It is important to help the ultra-Orthodox population succeed economically. A strong Israel will help the United States, and vice-versa

Livni: No Core Curriculum, No Funding.

Livni: No Core Curriculum, No Funding.

Livni shared her thoughts at the “Israel 2021 Conference” and in an interview with the newspaper The Marker. Hiddush CEO Rabbi Regev welcomes her comments: “If Livni can fulfill her promise, there can be true social justice.”

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