(Members of the haredi community are more likely to give money to charity than other sectors of the Jewish population and are more likely to volunteer their time to help others, a study has found. The research was conducted by the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs. According to the study, headed by deputy-chair of the institute Nitsa (Kaliner) Kasir, 59% of Israelis give charitable donations. The more religious someone is the more likely they are to give charity and the more likely it is they give over NIS 500. Religious Jews were also more likely to volunteer their time. Kasir explained that there were two main reasons for the higher rates of charitable donations and volunteerism in the haredi community. The first reason is that giving money to the poor is a religious obligation. The second possible explanation is the strong communal ties within the haredi community and the culture of helping out family, friends, and neighbours, as well as the relative poverty of the haredi sector and the fact that people are often in need of help in one form or another. Kasir says that members of the haredi community depend on others for mutual support and know that when they help others they will in turn be helped when they are in need of assistance. Communal loan-associations, known as gemachim, which provide second-hand items for use and financial loans, are an established fact of haredi life and critical for many families to help them provide for themselves and their children. Contributions to such associations, as well as volunteering to help others in the community, is therefore a noticeable facet of haredi communal life.
The Jerusalem Post: Haredim more likely to volunteer, donate to charity than other Jews – study (Jeremy Sharon, 6.2.2019)
לפרסום הכתבה במקומות נוספים:
Baltimore Jewish Life: Charedim More Likely To Volunteer, Donate To Charity Than Other Jews (Staff Reporter, 7.2.2019)
Augusta Review: Haredim more likely to volunteer, donate to charity than other Jews-study (Alfredo Boyd, 10.2.2019)
Vos Iz Neias: Jerusalem – Study Charedim More Likely To Volunteer, Donate To Charity Than Other Jews (6.2.2019)
מחקר קשור לכתבה:
סיוע לזולת בתרומה ובהתנדבות: דרכי סיוע משלימות או תחליפיות? – ניצה (קלינר) קסיר, אסף צחור-שי ושקד אדר (2019)