What will the religious makeup of Israel’s Jewish population look like in the coming decades? According to the projections of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population will compose about 50 percent of Israel’s Jewish population by 2059.
These projections have raised serious concerns for Israel’s future economic growth given the education and employment patterns of contemporary Haredim. However, there are a number of significant demographic shifts occurring, some of which, it seems, have not been fully accounted for in the CBS forecasts…
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