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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.

Notable Research

Yotzim in the Workplace

Jan 2023
Hila Barel
New research / family and community

Yotzim in the Workplace - Challenges, Perceptions of their Added Value and Potential Solutions for Integrating Yotzim into Qualified Jobs

This study examines the integration of Yotzim into the Israeli employment market.

The central perspective given in the study is that of the Yotzim themselves, as emerged in focus groups in which they participated (25 participants, average age 27).

Additionally, the study presents the point of view of Out for Change's guidance coordinators, based on an analysis of summaries of 100 guidance processes on the issue of employment and a focus group conducted with the participation of six coordinators.

The findings of the study challenge the assumption that those who leave ultra-Orthodox society can integrate into the job market naturally and without any special assistance. The findings strengthen the position which holds that Yotzim require active help, especially making the transition from temporary and unprofessional work to higher-level, qualified work.

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.

Latest Research

Our team

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Dr. Adar Anisman

Director of Research & Knowledge
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Zvika Deutch

Head Researcher
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Shani Kaplan

Knowledge Manager
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