'Immodest Dress Is a Problem'

Avraham Roston, 50, is married with five children. He immigrated fromCanada in 1999, learned Hebrew, took a course in programming for open systems, and sought a job in high tech. In Canada he'd worked as a programmer in a bank.

He took his present job with SPL, working for Bank Leumi, nine years ago.

Roston says he likes working in high tech, but would prefer to combine his work with Torah study, although not in a yeshiva. He says he misses the learning, but partly makes up for it with his role as the gabai of his synagogue.

He also says he has no problem integrating into a workplace where most workers are non-religious: "I am a Chabadnik and have no problem to connect to nonreligious [people]," he says.

But the bold dress of some women at work bothers him. It's been the same everywhere he has worked in Israel. He describes how, once, a co-worker in Canada came into the office quite exposed, and after he told his manager that workers should dress respectfully, the situation never reoccurred.

Not in Israel. Here, when he tried to speak to management about it, he was told the dress code in Israel is different than in America or Europe: everyone dresses how they want. "It is hard for me to accept it," Roston says.