About 830,000 Ultra-Orthodox live in Israel, or about 11% of the total population.
Nearly 59% of Ultra-Orthodox families live below the poverty line, with numerous causes.
With a strong emphasis placed on Torah study, many Ultra-Orthodox men never receive the education or skills necessary to get a job outside of the Haredi community. What’s more, many never seek to — only 51% of Ultra-Orthodox men participate in Israel’s workforce, while 70.8% of Ultra-Orthodox women work. Ultra-Orthodox women, often the only breadwinners, rarely earn enough to support their large families. JDC-TEVET programs in the Ultra-Orthodox sector aim to encourage employment and illustrate how Torah study and work can co-exist. Programs also train Ultra-Orthodox for the Israeli workplace, offer pathways towards higher education and help women advance their careers.