The vision to rebuild

8 years since the disengagement from Gaza, and the JobKatif organization has been busy finding employment for nearly 2,400 former Gush Katif residents.

July 25, 2013 14:38
Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon, a rabbi in Alon Shvut, in Gush Etzion.

Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon of Gush Etzion521 . (photo credit: Laura Kelly)


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While various reputable sources indicate that Israel is home to around 30,000 amutot, or nonprofit organizations, one would be hard-pressed to find many whose objective includes carrying out its mission as quickly and efficiently as possible, and then completely shutting down its operation.

But one such diamond in the rough is the JobKatif organization, which according to its executive director Judy Lowy was established after the 2005 disengagement from Gaza, with the mission of “rebuilding the lives of the former residents of Gush Katif and northern Samaria by finding them employment.” Once that goal is accomplished, Lowy explains, “our plan is to close our doors, and that’s it.”


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