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Israel: Most Employers Do Not Want to Hire Chareidim & Other Minorities

charedi.jpgAccording to a recent study, most employers in Israel prefer not to hire chareidi employees. The report indicates that 58% of employers do not wish to hire chareidim. Chareidim are among three minority groups not favored by employers, with the study also listing Arabs (83%) and Ethiopians (53%). This includes members of the minority communities qualified and trained appropriately for an available position.

The Kiryat Ono Academy report is based on information obtained from various sectors of the employment sector, from workers and employers responsible for hiring, from fields including the banking industry, stock market, law firms, accountant firms and the advertisement industry.

According to the report compiled by Dr Erez Yaacobi, Dr. Amir Paz-Fooks, and Moshe Karif, released on Monday, the members of the minority groups listed are less likely to be hired, regardless if they possess the qualifications for an available position. Over 568 students and dozens of managers in the mentioned [and other] fields were interviewed.

The most discriminating fields are media and publicity, and the report states that while Ethiopians are rarely hired in the stock exchange, chareidim who are hired suffer discrimination in the workplace.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)

7 Responses

  1. Which chareidim are we talking about, the chassidishe or Yerushalmi yungerleit, or litvishe yeshivaleit dressed in business suits?

  2. Is there a hidush here?

    We are at war with the Arabs (even if many Israeli Arabs are members of Arab minorities that support Israel). No surprise that most Israelis don’t trust Arabs.

    Israel was founded on the principle of being a place where Jews could escape from the yoke of Torah (that’s what “Am hofshi” means). No surprise they don’t want to hire Hareidim.

    Most non-frum Jews see being Jewish ethnically and racially (e.g. the American “bagel and lox” variety of being Jewish), not halachically or religiously. From that perspective, non-European Jews, and especially “off-color” ones, can never be considered Jews. A similar prejudice exists against most non-Ashkenazim.

  3. Story of life everywhere. The workplace (and chinuch mosdos are included in this description) is a club with each workers holding a membership card. There needs to be similiarity in work ethics, communication skills, motivation for the employer to move forward and succeed, a trusting and friendly atmosphere.

    Try to get a position in a Vishnitz school (only an example, you can substitute any other group) if you are the most talented Ner Yisroel graduate or just the reverse situation. Or apply for a legal position in a corporation where all partners are Yale/Harvard graduates and your degree is from Brooklyn Law. (these are general statements, you will find exceptions to every rule, also!!) The banks in Geula, for instance, have a majority of frum employees while the banks on Dizengoff street are 100% secular. IOW do not find this news to be any different than any hiring practices……. practiced throughout the world.

    BTW how many charedim are ready/willing/able to join a major powerful company where the atomsphere is secular and experienced skills are demanded? 2% or 3% the most.

  4. It is OK. There are plenty of up and coming charedi entrepreneurs in EY and they rightfully hire bnei Torah, knowing that such is the way in which Hashem will give them their due reward. Give it 10 years and charedi firms will become prominent in every sphere. EY will yet have its B and H and then some.

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