Living a traditional Jewish life and raising a Jewish family involves many financial challenges.
Depending on where you live and which community you identify with, being a religious Jew can mean:
- The high cost of living in a good Jewish neighborhood.
- Relying on government programs or family for basic income.
- The never-ending expenses of raising a large family and making weddings for your children.
- Pressure to buy homes for your children.
- Exorbitant school tuition.
- An endless cycle of taking and paying back gemachs/loans.
- Expenses relating to chagim.
As if that isn’t enough, these challenges are exacerbated by pervasive materialism, competition and peer pressure that make it extra difficult to manage financially – and teach children about priorities and sensible spending.
Financial struggles are especially acute in Israel’s Haredi community, the fastest-growing Jewish population in Israel and also its poorest, with 54% living under the poverty line.
Mesila empowers men, women and children across the Jewish community to seek, achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency and stability.