LIFTING FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY

In recent years there has been an acute shortage of funding for Haredi vocational training courses. Many people from both the Litvish and the Chassidic communities prefer not to study college or university level academic subjects, and often lack the basic skills to find well-paid jobs.

Since they tend to marry and start families at a young age, they often have little choice but to take poorly paid jobs rather than learning a trade, since they cannot afford to stop working in order to study. This reality limits their long-term economic prospects and, as their families grow, they get caught in the poverty trap, often becoming dependent on charity donations to make ends meet

TEACH ME A TRADE!

KEMACH recommends and funds many meaningful vocational training courses, of which these are a representative sample:

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

9 month course, 10 hours/ week. 4,500 NIS scholarship toward 6,500 NIS course.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

1 year course, 10 hours/ week. 10,000 NIS scholarship toward 25,000 NIS course.

LAND SURVEYING USING DRONES

235 hour course leading to recognized qualification. 8,000 NIS scholarship toward 11,000 NIS course.

ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN

3-year course for women, 8,500 NIS scholarship toward 23,000 NIS course.

CYBER SECURITY

250 classroom hours plus 150 supervised work experience (2 days/week). 7,000 NIS scholarship toward 17,000 NIS subsidized course in Tzfat.

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

The KEMACH Foundation receives thousands of requests for scholarships each year, including many from impoverished families in Israel’s periphery towns, where there are limited work opportunities for Haredim. During 2020, we need to fund 1,000 vocational scholarships — 750 for men and 250 for women.

The price of lifting 1,000 Haredi families out of poverty

It costs only $3,000 to lift a Haredi family out of poverty! That is the average cost of a recognized vocational training course that will enable one wage earner to double his income.

MEET CHEF CHAIM BORNSTEIN

29 years old, married with 3 children KEMACH funded Chaim’s professional culinary school training and today he works as a chef in a prestigious catering hall and caters private events. He recently won two gold medallions in a national Israeli Chefs Competition, and his participation persuaded them to make this formerly non-kosher competition kosher from now onward! “It was thanks to the tuition scholarship that I received from KEMACH that I have been able to enter the business world, develop a fulfilling career and support my family with dignity.”

KEMACH VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS BY SUBJECT (2018)

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