Out for Change
Who Are We?
We empower young people in the process of leaving the Haredi world to realize their full potential and successfully integrate into mainstream Israeli society.
Approximately 1,300 individuals choose to leave Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) society each year in Israel. Due to the fact that Haredi society tends to be insular and unsupportive of those who choose to leave the fold, those who make the choice to leave are often cut off from their families and traditional support systems as they navigate an unfamiliar world.
Providing these young people with a sense of community and support, while also helping them bridge significant social, cultural and educational gaps, enables them to become independent and contributing members of society, and to realize their full educational, professional and personal potential.
Out for Change (OFC) was founded in 2013 by a group of former Haredim who were driven by their personal experiences to help others who have chosen a similar path and by the belief in the incredible potential that former Haredim have to contribute to Israeli society. Using a holistic approach, we offer assistance to anyone who asks for help, at any stage of the process and endeavors to meet any and all needs, whether in-house or through referrals to partner organizations and public services.
How do we do it?
- Advocating for policy change and equal opportunity
- Developing programs and services in conjunction with government and academic institutions, as well as the IDF, geared to meet the needs of former Haredim
- Providing individual counseling, as well as personalized guidance in the areas of higher education, military service, employment, life skills and legal advice
- Creating community that provides former Haredim with a sense of belonging and support, and serves as a greenhouse for grassroots initiatives and leadership
- Researching the phenomenon of former Haredim and investing in a body of research that will enable the creation of data-based programs and policy
- Raising awareness among members of the media and the public-at-large about this unique sector, and changing the narrative from one of challenge to one of potential