Support Us  Blog Contact Us עברית
The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
Home    News & Events   JIIS Bulletin - June 2011
News & Events
News Database
June 2018 - Forever in Our Hearts?
May 2018 - The American Embassy's transfer to Jerusalem
April 2018 - Upcoming events
September 2017 - Happy New Jewish Year
August 2017 - 'Residents, Not Citizens'
April 2017 - Making space for each other
April 2017 - Happy Passover
December 2016 - Employment and Livelihood among Hared and Ba’alei Teshuva
November 2016 - Together or to each his own?
September 2016 - Updates and upcoming events
June 2016 - The Statstical Yearbook of Jerusalem
April 2016 - The Divine Commander
February 2016 - Upcoming events
December 2015 - Upcoming events
September 2015 - Upcoming events
September 2015 - Shana Tova
June 2015 - East and West: Equality and Inequality in Jerusalem
JIIS Bulletin - June 2015
JIIS Bulletin- September 2014
JIIS Bulletin - July 2014
JIIS Bulletin - March 2014
JIIS Bulletin - September 2013
JIIS Bulletin-Statistical Yearbook
JIIS Bulletin - May 2013
JIIS Bulletin-Remembering Barsi
JIIS Bulletin - December 2012
JIIS Bulletin - September 2012
JIIS Bulletin - July 2012
JIIS Bulletin - May 2012
JIIS Bulletin - April 2012
JIIS Bulletin - February 2012
JIIS Bulletin - December 2011
JIIS Bulletin - September 2011
JIIS Bulletin - July 2011
JIIS Bulletin - June 2011
JIIS Bulletin - March 2011
JIIS Bulletin - January 2011
JIIS Bulletin - November 2010
JIIS Bulletin - October 2010
JIIS Bulletin - June 2011
Defining education in Jerusalem

To be sure, Jerusalem is known for its complexities. It might be argued though that nowhere are they more apparent than in the city’s education system, or rather systems. The number of school students in Jerusalem – some 241,000 – is equivalent to the total number of residents in some of Israel’s other cities (Rishon Lezion and Ashdod, for example). In other words, Jerusalem's huge range of social diversity is expressed through its school system, the largest and most complex education system in Israel. 

Perhaps the greatest change occurred in 1967, when, as Dr. Maya Choshen notes, two cities, two cultures, two peoples became one. After the Six Day War, Jerusalem's population swelled by 70,000, and thousands of those were children. In the years that followed, all population groups in Jerusalem grew consistently – and with that came a demand to adapt the educational options and services to the growing and diversifying needs of the different sectors. 

The Jerusalem Education Administration was established to be responsible for the official Hebrew education system in West Jerusalem (state and state-religious) and official Arab education system in East Jerusalem. Regarding Hebrew education, in the current (2010/11) academic year, there are 152,900 children registered in Jerusalem – 58,700 school pupils (38 percent) within the framework of the Education Administration and 94,200 (62 percent) in the municipality's separate Ultra-Orthodox Education Division. This reflects a decade-long trend in which the number of pupils in haredi Hebrew education exceeds that of pupils learning in the state and state-religious education system. The first time that occurred was in 1999/2000, when there were 67,700 pupils in the state and state-religious frameworks and 69,900 in the haredi education system.

The last decade has also seen the number of pupils registered in Arab education within the framework of the Municipality’s Education Administration rise, from less than 40,000 to 67,100. This is due to natural population growth and an increase in demand for schools that are affiliated with the Administration. This includes a number of Arab educational institutions that were previously considered private that have since been designated as "non-official recognized institutions" by the Israeli Ministry of Education.

Previous Next
Advanced Search
© All rights reserved to The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies Privacy Policy Consulting by בניית אתרים ICS