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With an enormous research gap on the topic of Yotzim (literally, “those who leave”) in Israel, decision-makers have lacked a solid basis for understanding the scope of the phenomenon and the challenges experienced by those leaving Haredi society. A reliable knowledge base is imperative on the journey to complete acceptance and equality for Yotzim because it alerts decision-makers to the potentials and challenges of this unique group, helping them create policies that genuinely address their needs, and enabling new pathways for tailored programs. Since its founding in 2013, Out for Change has been working to provide a database of information to serve as a resource and guide to these decision-makers.
Our research impact
In 2014, Out for Change completed a quantitative basis for advocating the Yotzim community’s case to decision-makers. Four years later, Dr. Neri Horowitz finalized an in-depth qualitative study on the risks and potentials of Haredi disaffiliation. An English summary of the study initiated by Out for Change can be found here.
We are currently assisting with several crucial studies we have commissioned or helped get off the ground. These include a study on community alienation, a sub-topic of parental alienation, unique to the Yotzim community, led by Dr. Carmit Katz of Tel Aviv University with the support of the Haruv Institute and the ongoing quantitative research of leading economist Dr. Eitan Regev at the Israel Democracy Institute. An English article on transitions between religious groups can be found here.

Latest Research

Summary - Family Research

Zvika Deutsch and Shani Kaplan
New research / family and community

Relationships between those who have left ultra-Orthodox society (Yotzim) and their families For the first time: Representative data about family relationships among Yotzim, in comparison to Haredi Jews and Jews who are not Haredi.

Existing challenges and required solutions for integrating Yotzim from ultra-Orthodox society into academia

ד"ר הילה בראל
Higher education / New research

Report of research conducted at the request of the Council for Higher Education as part of building an optimal model for integrating those leaving the Ultra-Orthodox community into academia, planned for initial inclusion in the upcoming Council for Higher Education five-year plan.

Annual Reports

Our Team

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Dr. Hila Barel

Director of Research & Knowledge
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Zvika Deutch

Head Researcher
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Shani Kaplan

Knowledge Manager
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