Jerusalem haredi industrial labor up 40%

Businesses employing haredim often accommodate religious observance by providing kosher meals and designating a space for prayers.

By DANIEL KENNEMER
May 25, 2006 07:05

 
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The number of haredim employed in Jerusalem industry has quintupled since 2000, growing 40 percent over the past two years, the Manufacturers Association of Israel said Wednesday. The city's 2,200-strong haredi industrial work force - primarily hi-tech programmers - is concentrated in 300 businesses, or 55% of Jerusalem's factories, the association noted. Haredim constitute between 10% and 50% of the work force in 240 Jerusalem factories. Businesses employing haredim often accommodate religious observance by providing kosher meals and designating a space for prayers. About 20,000 haredim are employed by manufacturers throughout Israel, of which 11,000 are women, the association said.

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