Israel's biggest natural resource is its people. Israel is the "Startup Nation" because
individual creativity, intelligence and a knack for improvisation have consistently been
lined up with broad access to modern education and opportunities.
Unfortunately, PM Netanyahu's government is about to deprive thousands of Israeli boys of the
opportunity to become part of the Startup Nation - or the Israeli workforce for that matter -
by deciding to waive the enforcement of core curriculum studies such as English, math,
science and civics in Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) schools.
It's hard to imagine a more ill-conceived and short sighted decision. Giving Haredi schools a
broad exemption from the law that requires all state-funded elementary schools to teach basic
subjects such as English and math will keep thousands of Haredi boys uneducated, impoverished
and unable to find gainful employment outside of their own communities.
Core curriculum studies are the key to breaking the vicious cycle of low employment rates and
the staggering poverty rate (47%) that characterizes Israel's ultra-Orthodox community. For
years, economists have been warning that Haredi men must enter the Israeli workforce to
ensure Israel's economic sustainability. Many ultra-Orthodox parents want their children to
study English and math and, as reported in Haaretz, last week, hundreds signed a petition
demanding the establishment of ultra-Orthodox schools that teach the core curriculum. These
parents are our allies and could be the key to solving this issue.
When the new school year starts next month, a third of all Jewish first-graders in Israel
will be studying in Haredi schools. Please join me in writing to Naftali Bennett, Israel's
Minister of Education, to tell him we believe all Israeli children should be given the
opportunity to learn key subjects that will enable them to take part in the Israeli world
Naftali Bennet, Israel's Minister of Education, can influence whether the core curriculum
bill passes. Take a moment to write to Naftali Bennett to demand the core curriculum bill not
be passed into legislation.
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Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews believe that Reform Judaism deserves rights equal to those afforded to Orthodox Judaism, a new poll found. The Midgam polling agency survey of 500 also showed a 25 percent approval for equality among respondents who defined themselves as religious, the NRG news website reported Thursday. 33% of respondents say they 'especially identify' with Progressive Judaism, compared to 36% for Orthodox stream.
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Pressure from ultra-Orthodox parties could lead Netanyahu to change plan to erect an egalitarian prayer space for non-Orthodox, mixed-gender Jewish ceremonies, prompting rabbis to plan urgent visit.
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It's official. Israelis are happy. We have been ranked the 11th happiest country in the world in the recently released worldwide happiness index.
The Jerusalem Municipal Council on Thursday authorized for the first time the direct financial support of pluralist and non-Orthodox educational organizations, causing consternation among the council’s haredi representatives.