A Conceptual Map of Poverty in Israel: Good Philanthropy Needs Good Information

By Yael Shalgi

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Spring 2009

Philanthropists now more than ever are concerned about spending each of their charitable dollars as wisely as they can. Since donations to Israel are less and less given carte blanche and in large sums, philanthropists require accurate information about Israel's poor in order know how and where to best direct their contributions. The author therefore outlines the growing number of Israeli poor, the cuts in social spending that have drawn resources away from them, the high percentage of unemployment in certain sectors of Israeli society (especially ultra-Orthodox and Arab populations), and the recent governmental responses to the poverty crisis. As well, she highlights unemployment as a key factor to be addressed, turning to vocational training, small business development, and other methods of beating back the steady rise of poverty in Israel.

Topic: Development, Professional Development, Poverty, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Social Issues, Government

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Gail Naron

Volume/Issue: Vol.84/no.1/2

Page Number(s): 106-114

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Shalgi, Yael. A Conceptual Map of Poverty in Israel: Good Philanthropy Needs Good Information. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2009: 106-114. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4122


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