Israel plans massive funding cut to yeshivahs

By Zoe Winograd, April 24, 2013

Israel plans to cut yeshivah funding by 30 per cent under the new Economic Arrangements Law.

The draft of the law, which was released this week, explained that by cutting funds to higher institutions, including yeshivahs, the country would save $93 million a year. The government plans to save money by changing the age limit that yeshivah students are able to receive benefits from the state.

The strictly Orthodox may be affected further if the law is to come in to effect. The draft law proposes a funding cut for state schools that do not teach core curriculum subjects such as mathematics and English. The law also stipulates that a child’s attendance in a state-funded kindergarten will depend on both parents being employed – potentially causing problems for parents who study in yeshivahs.

According to the Times of Israel, tensions between the Finance Minister Yair Lapid and members of the United Torah Judaism came to a head in the Knesset on Monday.

Member of UJT, Yaakov Asher said: “This attack on the strictly Orthodox public won’t bring salvation and won’t close the hole in the deficit.”

Last updated: 9:56am, April 24 2013