Close to half of Israelis will be forced to cut down on shopping for the
holidays this year due to financial constraints, according to a survey released
by the Shahaf Foundation, which works to “develop and promote a national
movement of young socially active communities.”
According to the survey
carried out ahead of Rosh Hashana for the foundation by the GeoCartography
Institute, 46 percent of the 500 respondents reported that new clothes and
children’s gifts represent the main concessions having to be made this
About 28% reported that they will purchase less clothes or forgo
the expense altogether and 22% said that they will buy fewer or no gifts for
The report also shows that despite this, the holiday table is
not expected to suffer as a result of the economic situation, as 88% of
respondents said they do not intend to reduce their consumption of meat for the
Rosh Hashana dinner, 92% will not cut back on wine and 93% intend to buy the
same amount of fish and chicken as in previous years.
In addition, 93% of
participants said that they will not reduce their consumption of honey and 95%
do not intend to give up or cut back on purchasing apples.
respondents whose income is below the national average, 65% admitted they will
forgo or reduce their food expenses this year. A quarter of the low-income
earners said they would cut back on meat.
The report also revealed that
religious and ultra- Orthodox participants are more likely to make the cuts than
their secular counterparts.
“The economic disparities among disadvantaged
populations are growing strong and many families are forced to reduce holiday
shopping and purchase only the necessary products,” CEO of the Shahaf Foundation
Dr. Haia Jamshy said in a statement.
Jamshy added that the Shahaf
Foundation supports young communities in the periphery with the goal to reduce
the gaps with the center.
“Among other things, these communities work to
allow everyone to enjoy holiday meals, social activities and a high level of
education without having to spend colossal amounts of money,” Jamshy said. “The
change that these communities offer is essential these days, when many residents
of Israel, especially in the peripheral areas, are living under a heavy