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Knesset expedites reversal of core curricular studies law

Knesset expedites reversal of core curricular studies law

The Knesset reverses a law that would have reduced funding for ultra-Orthodox schools that teach only minimal core subjects, such as math, English, and science.


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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%.

Affirmative action for Haredim or cronyism?

Affirmative action for Haredim or cronyism?

On Sunday, Israel’s cabinet approved an affirmative action initiative enabling more ultra-Orthodox workers to find employment in the civil service, as part of Shas’s leader, Minister Rabbi Aryeh Deri’s strategy to integrate the Haredi community into the civil service.

2015 Religion & State Index - support for religious freedom rises

2015 Religion & State Index - support for religious freedom rises

The good news, illuminated by the 2015 Israel Religion & State Index, is the continually increasing Israeli public support for freedom of religion and equality of burden. The bad news is the gaping divide between the public’s will on matters of religion and state and the Government’s coalition agreements.

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.

Justice Joubran asserts state funded school networks subject to Propaganda Law

Justice Joubran asserts state funded school networks subject to Propaganda Law

Justice Joubran: "Common sense and reason cannot tolerate Shas’s legal interpretation, according to which a teacher could influence a student’s parents." Rabbi Regev: “This is an important precedent that will affect a host of educational networks and future elections campaigns. The mobilization of armies of teachers has been prohibited.”

Core of the Core Curriculum: Chewed up, Spit out

Core of the Core Curriculum: Chewed up, Spit out

Despite a 2013 Knesset Law, promoted by the Yesh Atid Party, which required all state funded schools to teach core curricular studies, Minister of Education Shay Piron (a senior member of the Yesh Atid Party) delayed its implementation until well past the next Israeli elections... and Hiddush publicly exposed it.

Hiddush slams Shas leader's attack on women's higher education

Hiddush slams Shas leader's attack on women's higher education

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, Shas's new spiritual leader wrote a letter which forbids women from entering academic studies. Hiddush foresees a split in the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox party.

Supreme Court strikes down discriminatory stipends for yeshiva students

Supreme Court strikes down discriminatory stipends for yeshiva students

The petition initiated by Hiddush and partnering organizations demonstrated the failure of Israel's previous government coalition.

Ultra-Orthodox Schools in Belgium and England face sanctions for selective curircula

Ultra-Orthodox Schools in Belgium and England face sanctions for selective curircula

Israel, Belgium, and England share the common challenge of integrating core curricular subjects into ultra-Orthodox classrooms.

Core Curriculum is the key to success for the ultra-Orthodox sector

Core Curriculum is the key to success for the ultra-Orthodox sector

While army service is necessary for properly integrating the ultra-Orthodox sector into Israeli society, the real path to success lies in giving yeshiva students the educational tools to succeed in the Israeli workforce.

High Court of Justice brings standardized testing to ultra-Orthodox schools

High Court of Justice brings standardized testing to ultra-Orthodox schools

Israeli High Court of Justice decision will bring greater Ultra-Orthodox involvement in society and as a result, more economic growth.

Hiddush's Annual Israel Religion and State Index: 2012

Hiddush's Annual Israel Religion and State Index: 2012

Support for religious freedom rises to 85%, 67% say Haredi MKs distance public from Judaism, 76% dissatisfied with government policies on religion

Israel Religion and State Index 2012

Israel Religion and State Index 2012

Support for religious freedom rises to 85%, 67% say Haredi MKs distance public from Judaism, 76% dissatisfied with government policies on religion

A curriculum rotten to the core

A curriculum rotten to the core

A core curriculum should include knowledge, skills and values that the Education Ministry believes represent a common denominator shared by all graduates of the nation's school system.

Ultra-Orthodox children's paper excludes Israeli flag

Ultra-Orthodox children's paper excludes Israeli flag

An ultra-Orthodox paper in Israel, written in Hebrew, features a story on the history of flags from across the globe. But where is the Israeli flag, where all of these children live?

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