The Haredi Institute for Public Affairs was established in 2014, with the goal of advancing research-based policy on civic issues concerning the haredi community and its interaction with Israeli society.
Forecasts of the Central Bureau of Statistics present dramatic findings concerning the continued growth of the haredi population in Israel, indicating a significant shift in the haredi community’s impact within Israeli society. These changes will have far-reaching implications for a variety of aspects of civilian life, including the economy, employment, housing and welfare.
Examining these issues and formulating policy that addresses them is critical – not only for the haredi community but for Israeli society as a whole. Policy based on solutions adapted to the unique characteristics of the haredi community, viewed within the broader context of the needs of society as a whole, is vitally important and will benefit all of society.
The Haredi Institute for Public Affairs was established to contend with these challenges; to address the need for presenting and analyzing the necessary data, in order to develop tools and strategies for the benefit of the haredi community and society as a whole. The Institute aims to serve as the knowledge base for decision makers, professionals and philanthropic entities that come in contact with these issues, and to work with them as a leading professional entity in this regard.
In order to do so, the Institute has developed an operating model comprised of three elements:
1. Bringing together leading academic researchers for the purpose of research and formulating policy.
2. Bringing together haredi research fellows with wide-ranging professional background and extensive experience in managing public systems in the haredi community.
3. Enriching the existing knowledge base through use of national databases and creating additional ones, premised on data substantiated by an informed understanding of haredi society.
The Institute is unique in that it brings together key professionals from within the haredi community, leading academics, and a team of haredi and secular researchers in a variety of fields. This collaboration enables a broad view that is not hampered by preconceived notions; a proper assessment of the needs of the general public and the various sectors thereof; and a practicable integration of the knowledge and experience gained by the academics and field experts who have engaged in conducting the research.