Tora V’Daat (‘Torah and Knowledge’) is creating an elite group of high-tech professionals within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. It does so by supporting a group of brilliant and highly-motivated young men, and providing them with the necessary tools and resources to attain a prestigious Computer Science BSc degree, fill leading industry positions and become role models in their communities.
This innovative program recruits ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, often unable to integrate into quality employment for lack of required credentials, let alone the School of Computer Science & Engineering at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HBRU) – one of the world’s top-rated academic institutes – and supports them through their studies. Tora V’Daat creates a social and academic ecosystem that closes education gaps, reduces dropout rates from 46% to 3%, and brings Haredi students to the level of their classmates, maximizing their chances of success and preparing them for leading roles in the high-tech industry.
Why Tora V’Daat
Tora V’Daat levels out the playing field, enabling young Haredi men to overcome education gaps (relative to the general population), graduate from a prestigious academic institution, and secure high-demand roles in the Israeli high-tech industry.
To guide participants through a challenging BSc degree in computer science, the program has partnered with The Hebrew University to create a supportive learning environment tailored to the specific requirements of these students. The program provides academic, social, and financial support to the students, helping them focus on successfully completing their degrees. Alongside this much needed support, the program facilitates mentorship from other ultra-Orthodox professionals already working in the industry, provides real-world exposure to the tech industry, and boosts students’ English-language skills through a dedicated bootcamp. These efforts have proven to reduce dropout rates, close education gaps, and bring Haredi students to the level of their classmates.
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