Each year, Israel invests millions of shekels in programs aimed at integrating members of Haredi society into the workforce, higher education, and the IDF. Those, however, who were raised in the same manner but left Haredi society were not eligible for these programs or granted the same rights. Yotzim (literally, “those who leave”) either had to ‘disguise’ themselves as Haredi to access the assistance they needed or forgo public support altogether.In addition to targeted support for Haredim, dozens of other, fully funded programs in the areas of education, employment, and military service exist for various population sectors in Israel. However, no specialized programs existed for Yotzim up until a few years ago.
Our advocacy impact
Out for Change spent its first years raising awareness among policymakers and demanding equal recognition for Yotzim as an identity-based community. Since then, Out for Change has achieved equality in the area of higher education, where Yotzim now have the same rights and are eligible for the same benefits as those who remain Haredim, including access to tailored scholarships. Out for Change also helped establish 12 pre-academic preparatory programs specifically geared towards Yotzim and a national service program. Additionally, Yotzim can now access highly subsidized vocational training courses, and the IDF has recognized their unique needs, granting them most of the rights and benefits afforded to Haredim.
Our advocacy vision
Out for Change works with key decision-makers to ensure that Yotzim receive the rights they are entitled to as individuals who grew up within Haredi society and are recognized as an official population sector eligible for funding and integrated into existing programs. We continue to work with policymakers, IDF leadership and government offices to ensure the success of Yotzim.