Practical solutions to charedi underemployment
Tailored learning, brighter futures
This year, UJIA has started to support Kemach, an Israeli foundation providing scholarships for charedi men and women to study for a higher education qualification.
The goal is to open up the world of employment to this sector of Israeli society, reduce poverty and increase the prospects of the next generation.
About 25% of the charedi population of Israel lives in the Galil and over 70% of charedim live below the poverty line, making this issue ever more urgent.
Since 2007, approximately 9,000 mainly charedi men have graduated from accredited universities and vocational colleges through Kemach, which is the largest scholarship programme for this sector.
UJIA’s support is focused on the programme being run at Zefat Academic College in the Galil, which offers a range of courses, including engineering and health sciences. We also back one-to-one help finding employment for residents of Tsfat, Hatzor and Tiberias.
“I would like to say thank you. A few years ago I did not believe I would be a professional, and barely wanted to start a preparatory course for BA. I learned in Kollel and I was not aware of my abilities." Kemach graduate
Number of young people in the Galil reached by the UJIA-supported Kibbutz Eshbal
Our programmes directly reach 11,500 young Jewish lives in the UK each year
Population of the Western Galil
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
Young people sent on UJIA-supported Israel tour, gap year and other Israel experience programmes last year
Number of youth movements receiving key funding from UJIA