About the organization
Be-Atzmi is ia nonprofit social organization which, for over two decades, has been integrating and advancing low-opportunity populations in stable and fair employment suited to their skills and aspirations. We develop and run a variety of long-term employment programs in around 110 locations, totaling 90 towns and cities throughout Israel. About 9,000 women and men take part in these programs every year, including families known to social services, new immigrants from Ethiopia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, members of the ultra-Orthodox community, members of the Arab sector, single mothers, people over the age of 40, and others.
The employment programs
By joining the employment programs, which typically last a year, the participants embark on a journey that results in a profound and far-reaching change in their lives. They examine their abilities, desires, inclinations and the employment barriers they face. They boost their self-confidence and self-efficacy, and plan a career path that is consistent with their needs and preferences.
Supported by Be-Atzmi professionals, the participants take steps to achieve their aspirations, while acquiring the job qualifications they lack (language skills, years of schooling, computer literacy, etc.). The participants receive a variety of practical tools that help them look for and hold on to a job.
The participants, without exception, are not required to pay for the programs, which are funded thanks to the partnerships we have forged with the public, philanthropic and corporate sectors. (To read more…)
Activities in the family and the community
In addition to guiding the participants, Be-Atzmi also works with their families and communities. Because the families have a considerable impact on and are greatly affected by the employment change process, they too are guided throughout the process. For example, they are given tools to better manage the family budget, develop a family support system and, on occasion, both adults in the family receive coaching.
Our activities in the community help sustain the success of the employment process by building community-based mechanisms that foster employment – for example, a network of employers that help the participants find jobs, self-help programs for graduates, volunteer mentors who work with graduates, etc.
Activities in the social and public spheres
Be-Atzmi is active in a number of social and public spheres that have an impact on advancing employment among low-opportunity populations. Those activities include taking part in public committees, developing employment-facilitating services for public and social agencies, initiating and building cross-sector partnerships, providing training in academic frameworks and courses to advance the occupational social work profession, and more. (To read more…)
Developing and customizing solutions
Formulating and tailoring solutions to the changing needs of diverse groups of clients is at the core of what we do. Be-Atzmi develops innovative programs, unique solutions and customized models, and has produced a significant body of knowledge that is used by the organization and its partners. (To read more…)
Consistent with the organization’s professional values, which aim to provide the participants in our programs with a comprehensive and holistic solution tailored to their needs, Be-Atzmi regularly works in cross-sector partnership with agencies and organizations from different sectors. The latter include the public sector – the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of Education and others; philanthropic organizations, such as the Ted Arison Family Foundation; businesses, such as Bank Hapoalim and Accenture-Israel and others; and nonprofits and social ventures. All of our partners jointly contribute to creating a broad-based and long-term solution that is adapted to the needs of the participants. (To read more…)
Board of Directors
Be-Atzmi has a distinguished and involved Board of Directors, all of whom donate their time on a volunteer basis. The Board is headed by Mr. Giora Offer, the former CEO of the Discount Group and currently a partner and chairman of the Lahav Fund. Mr. Zvi Tropp, the former Chairman of the Board of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board. Other members include senior executives involved in social services, nonprofit management, financial management, occupational social work and members of the Academy.
Staff and volunteers
Be-Atzmi‘s employees and volunteers are certified and seasoned professionals who have diverse academic backgrounds – whether in labor studies, occupational psychology and positive psychology, occupational social work, human resources, or others. Our employees and volunteers are closely familiar with the job market and provide the programs’ participants with an all-embracing enrichment shell.
And the results speak for themselves:
- 68% of the participants who were unemployed when they joined one of our programs, found a job.
- 65% of the participants who were underemployed at the beginning of the program, upgraded the nature and terms of their employment.
- 30% of our programs’ participants take vocational training classes, which are funded or subsidized by Be-Atzmi.
- 80% of the graduates who successfully completed their program (namely, they found a job or upgraded their terms of employment) report that they are satisfied at their workplace.
- 55% of the participants who were under the care of a family social worker at the beginning of the program, cut back the frequency of their requests for assistance by the end of the program.
- 91% of the participants reported an improvement in their feeling of self-efficacy (their capacity to take action to achieve success).
- 74% of the programs’ graduates reported a greater awareness of their financial condition, their incomes and expenses.
- 74% of the programs’ graduates report that they have found a job or upgraded their employment in alignment with the employment goal they set for themselves.
Value: ‘Working’ facilitates financial independence, self-expression, meaning, contribution and a sense of belonging – which are values that have significance to an individual and extend beyond livelihood needs.
Equal opportunity: every person deserves a fitting opportunity to realize his abilities and professional aspirations.
Aspiration: Even under complex circumstances, you can create an ’employment dream’ – a professional goal – from which an occupation can be derived that fosters personal development, satisfaction, commitment and perseverance.
Choice: Looking for a job should be a matter of personal choice, a genuine desire, which stems from a process tailored to each individual. That choice also leads to commitment and perseverance.
Process: A significant perceptional and behavioral change concerning employment necessitates an extended, in-depth and comprehensive process, supported by a system-wide shell.
Tools: We have to equip a person with tools and skills in order to make him ’employment competent’ – where he no longer requires support and assistance and can make progress on his own in the future as well.
Impact: When one person finds a job, it has a positive impact on all the circles surrounding him – whether it means believing in himself and in his abilities, setting a personal example and giving hope to his children, and strengthening his family and community.
Board of Directors
CPA, Board Member
Regina Unger is the owner of a company that provides financial, accounting and economic management services. She also filled a variety of senior positions in the[Read More...]
CPA, Chairman of the Finance Committee
Shlomi Kot is a partner in the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, Kost Forer Gabbay and Kasierer, where he has worked for about 10 years,[Read More...]
Member of the Finance Committee
Hezi Nurel is the owner and active Chairman of the Natoon Property Management, Operations and Maintenance Group, which is one of the largest and leading companies[Read More...]
CPA, Member of the Audit Committee
Itai Tsabari is the CFO at a hi-tech company. He has a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Faisal Azaiza, who has a PhD in Social Work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the Dean of the School of Social Work at[Read More...]
Attorney, Board Member
Eli Sharabani is a social entrepreneur and a strategy and fundraising consultant to social change organizations. He has over 20 years of experience in establishing nonprofits,[Read More...]
Member of the Audit Committee
Ketty Budgesed is the owner and CEO of the investment banking firm Tchelet Financial Consulting and Management. With a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), her[Read More...]
Johnny Gal is a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. He is the former Chairman of[Read More...]
Former Director of the Department of Individual and Family Welfare at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. A social worker by profession -[Read More...]
Michal: "When I founded Be-Atzmi in 1995, it stemmed from a belief that every person deserves the right to succeed in life. Quite often, personal[Read More...]
Zvi Tropp has held a number of executive positions, including: economic advisor to Israel's defense establishment, advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Chairman of[Read More...]
Nira Zimels is closely familiar with the world of employment and employment promotion. In her previous position as Deputy Director General of Clients at the Israeli[Read More...]
Director of Social Services Programs and Activities
Shira is an occupational social worker with extensive experience in community social work and community mediation. In the past, she directed the Employment Empowerment program[Read More...]
Shoshan has extensive experience in marketing, media and strategy in the corporate sector. Her previous positions include Manager of the Marcom and Strategy Department at[Read More...]
Resource Development Director
Hily has been managing the Resource Development and Public Affairs Department at Be-Atzmi since 2005. In that capacity, she is responsible for raising the resources needed[Read More...]
Knowledge Development and Management Director
Anat has a B.A. in Social Theater and an M.A. in Bibliotherapy and is also a certified group facilitator. In her previous positions, Anat led[Read More...]
Financial and Administrative Director
Ilanit has widespread financial management experience in and social sector, in addition to managing administrative systems. She has a degree in Economics and Management and has[Read More...]
Director of Community Activities and Services
Yaara has filled management, training and professional development positions in organizations engaged in social change. In the past decade, her work has focused on advancing[Read More...]
Eshet Chayil" Program Director"
For the past ten years, Ruty has been engaged in developing and managing programs that address social issues. She previously managed vocational rehabilitation programs for[Read More...]
Be-Atzmi (Registered Association No. 58-026-516-3) is a social, not-for-profit organization. A substantial part of the organization’s budget relies on partnerships and on support from the public, philanthropy and corporate sectors. Transparency is a key value in the Be-Atzmi worldview, articulated in the way we work with our partners and clients in all the areas we are engaged in. The organization is also a recipient of the Midot Seal of Effectiveness. Detailed information about Be-Atzmi‘s activities appears on Guidestar Israel and other websites.