Profile of Israel
Since the beginning of statehood in 1948, Israel began its process
of attempting to provide a comfortable, safe home for all of its
inhabitants. For the past 52 years the state of Israel has represented a
safe-haven to society's lost children. The fragmented survivors of the
holocaust in Nazi Germany constituted the founding inhabitants of the
nation. In addition to the large Jewish population that immigrated to
Israel, other 'lost' cultures that previously resided in the region,
primarily the Arabs, attempted to make the state their homeland. As a
result of Israel's need to accomodate the large number of people, it has
become a group-oriented society with children as its primary purpose.
While Israel is a young, developing nation that has made significant
improvements in the status and treatment of children in terms of
childcare, kibbutz life, and education, poverty
plague the state.
The following table provides pertinent
statistics regarding children in Israel:
|Population under 18||2,011,000|
|Population under 5||579,000|
|Annual number of births||117,000|
|Adult Literacy Rate|
|Percentage of Infants with Low Birth Weight||7%|
|Annual Number of Under Age 5 Deaths||1,000|
The above statistics were attained through the UNICEF website, last
updated December 1999
This web page was created as an
informative profile of the status of children in Israel.
concepts of social structure, diversity and children's agency will be
demonstrated through the topics of childcare, kibbutz life, education,
poverty and violence:
You may also access a
map of Israel from this homepage.
Jaffe,Eliezer D. 1983. Special Aspects of Education 2: Israelis in
Institutions: Studies in Child Placement, Practice and Policy. New
York: Science Publishers Inc.
Svilavi. 1990. Kibbutz Members Study Kibbutz Children. Westport,
Ct: Greenwood Press.
This website was created in the Fall of 2000 by
Travis, students at Tulane University. This website is part of a
class project for
and Society Class.