Ultra-Orthodox Youth Who Leave That World
A number of years ago a study was published in Israel that claimed to have found little attrition from the ultra-Orthodox community, labeling the number of people who grew up ultra-Orthodox but no longer defined themselves as such to be statistically insignificant. Ynet has an article (Hebrew) that claims the number of ultra-Orthodox youth in Israel who leave that community to be around 1,000 a year and rising. While the numbers were presented by an organization that supports ultra-Orthodox youth who leave that community, the article claimed that they are based upon numbers from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics and additional polls. Others place the number at 500 a year. During the past year the community of those who have left ultra-Orthodoxy has experienced a number of suicides, attracting more media attention than usual to the issues that these people, often youth, face. Hopefully those who are in need of support will be able to get it.