Article Library / 2016

2016 Annual Assessment

  1. Addressing the employment problem without offering appropriate housing options only constitutes a partial solution. Enlarged mortgages of 90 percent should be permitted (like those available in the subsidized Mechir LaMishtachen housing program). Making absorption centers available to young families for their first three years in Israel is another appropriate solution for this population.
  2. Relocating communities. Efforts should be made to involve community rabbis in developing group Aliyah plans for members of their communities, in coordination with appropriate Israeli local authorities. Interested local authorities would offer special benefits, including land for synagogue construction and part-time jobs for community heads, as project managers or “spiritual absorption officers.”