La’Ofek — Hope for the Future
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JobKatif paves a secure future for sidelined sectors by enabling them to better their employment opportunities. We tear down the economic, social and academic barriers that have prevented them from accessing Israel's rich, diverse employment market.
Founded in August 2005 following the disengagement from Gush Katif, JobKatif empowered the 85% unemployed to re-enter the work force. Today, our knowledge and competencies are focused on developing unique and effective employment programs based on individual mentoring and customized employment assistance for various sidelined population groups. These programs help break the

Currently, JobKatif offers three different employment programs, each one assisting a specific population group.

Launched in 2013, JobKatif-Achotenu is a nurses training program designed for young adults from the Ethiopian community. A revolutionary 5-year academic program, participants earn a BS in Nursing from the Hebrew University's Henrietta Szold School of Nursing. Partnering with Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America, students receive living subsidies, scholarships, tutoring and personal mentoring.

Ta'asuChayil, an employment-based program for impoverished soldiers, was launched in 2016. Ta'asuChayil works with IDF soldiers on an individual basis, providing them with guidance and assistance during their work-approved time during their military service and as they approach discharge, provide academic and career guidance and counseling.

In 2012, JobKatif opened its first Tasukati office to provide customized individual mentoring for the 'employment challenged' -- among them the ultra-religious, single parents, chronically unemployed, olim, the under-employed and Gush Katif evacuees. Today Tasukati offices are located in Jerusalem, Nitzan, Yad Binyamin and Ashkelon.
TRANSPARENCY RATING:
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    Categories of Activities:
  • Empowerment
  • Employment

JobKatif was founded and is chaired by Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon. Inspired by the words of the Rambam, "The greatest level, above which there is no greater, is to support a fellow Jew by… finding employment for him, in order to strengthen his hand until he no longer needs to be dependent on others" JobKatif develops employment programs that empower sidelined population groups to break the ceiling and poverty and build a different, more secure future. Why Achotenu? "I see young adults from the Ethiopian community working as cashiers, guards and aides. Do they not aspire to more stable professions? After thoroughly studying the subject, the answer we learned was yes. They were interested in nursing." Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon According to the recent OECD report, Israel will have to double its nursing staff within the next few years. Achotenu was launched in 2013 with the express purpose of enabling young adults from the Ethiopian community to become nurses. With the success of the pilot project -- graduates are working as nurses throughout Israel -- JobKatif and Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA) formed a partnership to expand and enrich the program. Today, 18 young adults from the Ethiopian community have completed the first stage of their five-year academic program to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Hebrew University's Henrietta Szold School of Nursing. The next cadre of students will begin studies in Fall, 2017. Why Ta'suChayil? "We owe so much to those who carry the burden of our security. It is incumbent upon us to search for ways to strengthen them and to care for them." Rabbi Shalom Burstin, Former IDF Chaplain of the Northern Command Sadly, there are hundreds of IDF soldiers who come from impoverished homes. The IDF tries to help them by providing them with sanctioned employment time-off during their military service. This helps the soldiers financially and reduces their drop-out rate. Soldiers who do not complete their military service find it nearly impossible to advance in the work force. Yet, while the sanctioned employment-time off is a valuable 'perk' for many of these soldiers, there are those who need more. That's why the IDF turned to Ta'asuChayil: to help these soldiers by finding suitable employment and assisting them throughout their service with personalized attention, training, and career and academic counseling and mentoring. Why Tasukati? Do you know anyone who is under-employed or oftentimes, unemployed? Whose professional life and personal life were on the brink of disaster? Tasukati's special employment counseling program helps individuals -- single parents, ultra-orthodox, the chronically unemployed, Gush Katif evacuees --suffering from employment crises better apply their merits and skills to a career while overcoming the barriers that have prevented them from attaining stable employment. Each person is unique, therefore, his pathway in the employment world is also unique. This demands a process of personalized, customized attention whereby the individual learns to recognize his skills and best plan to achieve a secure future. Tasukati's personal mentors guide individuals through 12 individual sessions. The results have been encouraging; within four months following completion of the program, 85% of Tasukati participants are gainfully employed.

Board of Directors: Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon,David Belaciano,Avery Harris,Rachel Berger,Aliza Israel ,David Porat ,Erez Siman Tov ,Lior Buscilla ,Chaim Bialik,Menachem Ben Yochanan
Staff and Management We have 11 full-time and 4 part-time staff members
Our C.E.O. is Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon
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