Ultra-Orthodox Shunning Higher Education More Than Ever

Trend defies educational pattern in Israel and abroad, and contributes to high poverty levels among Haredim, says Jerusalem’s Taub Center.

The percentage of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who have completed higher education has dropped to its lowest in three decades, while the percentage of Haredim with only an elementary-school education has increased significantly, according to a policy paper issued this week by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies.