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Silicon Shtetl: These Haredi Startups Are Headed to New York

The ultra-Orthodox population is underrepresented in Israel’s booming technology ecosystem. According to a 2017 study by the Israeli Ministry of Finance, ultra-Orthodox Jews make up around 10% of the population but only 0.7% of those employed in the tech sector. This discrepancy is partially attributed to a focus on religious studies by many ultra-Orthodox men and to a network-based recruitment process that favors veterans of elite military units, leaving out Israel’s marginalized groups, including ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs with an Israeli citizenship.

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