Employment programs

Be-Atzmi develops and runs employment programs in some 140 locations spreading across 100 towns and cities. Every year, approximately  9,000 women and men, who are economically disadvantaged, choose to take part in a variety of our employment programs, which normally run throughout  the course of one year. Participants receive individual mentoring and attend group workshops, while undergoing an in-depth and meaningful process that ultimately leads to stable and fair employment suited to their skills and aspirations.

Program participants benefit from:

  • Increased self-confidence and improved ability to make personal and professional choices
  • Identifying their aspirations, abilities and skills, while learning to cope with external and internal barriers
  • Defining an ’employment dream’, setting an employment goal, and formulating a personal employment plan
  • Tools and skills that facilitate their job search (e.g. preparing for interviews) and continued mentoring during the onboarding process at their new workplace
  • A pool of businesses that are committed to helping them find a job, and refer them to vocational training if needed
  • Links to support services in the community as well as agencies that specialize in mentoring microenterprise owners

Additional assistance is available based on the program and individual needs:

  • Tools for managing the family budget
  • A basket of services – a budget earmarked for helping participants better integrate at their new workplace (seminars and trainings, childcare, and more)
  • Support throughout the process for the participant’s spouse and/or the entire family
  • Helping children from disadvantaged homes develop a hopeful view of the future and ambition
  • Follow-up programs for graduates and support programs in the community

In addition to the programs offered in the different towns and cities, Be-Atzmi also runs Ta’asuKav, a nationwide helpline for unemployed persons and job seekers. The helpline provides short-term coaching, support and guidance over the phone.

All program participants, without exception, do not pay for taking part in our programs.

Employment Empowerment

Employment Empowerment (Ta’asuka Lervacha) is tailored to families who are known to social services. One of its main elements is highlighting the connection between the financial management of the household and the employment change process that the parents are undergoing.

The entire family also has access to a basket of funded services and auxiliary tools that are tailored to the specific needs of the parents in finding  and keeping a job.

Employment Empowerment constitutes a genuine revolution in how departments of social services and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services address the issue of employment, articulated in the pivotal role played by an occupational social worker.

Initiated and spearheaded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, the program was developed together with Be-Atzmi and in close partnership with the Ted Arison Family Foundation.

Program Director:
Gitit Sagiv

Eshet Chayil - Riyadiya

Eshet-Chayil-Riyadia  is intended for mothers from traditional societies or those who are undergoing a cultural transition, such as women from immigrant communities (Ethiopia and the Caucasian countries and the Arab sector). Most of the participants have no prior employment experience and are not highly educated. The program equips them with necessary tools, helps bridge existing gaps in their language skills and computer literacy, and offers them guidance on how to lead balanced lives as working mothers.

The program is based on the ‘placement first’ model and offers the women approximately 3 years of mentoring.  The program was formulated in 1995 by JDC-Israel-Tevet and is spearheaded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services in partnership with the Authority for Economic Development of the Arab, Druze and Circassian Sector at the Prime Minister’s Office. Be-Atzmi is responsible for its professional management.

Program Director:
Ruti Levita


Mifne-Massar is one of our own programs, developed independently by Be-Atzmi in 2006.

The centerpiece of the program is a group process that fosters personal and vocational change, enhanced by the individual mentoring provided to the participants.

The program caters to nearly all sectors of the population: men and women, Jews and Arabs, the non-observant, religious and ultra-Orthodox, young and older adults.

Be-Atzmi utilizes the program as a platform for developing novel employment-related services that can be customized to diverse needs and target audiences. Some unique models have already emerged from it, including ones tailored to ultra-Orthodox families, Arab women over the age of 40, and others.

Mifne-Massar operates in partnership with the local authorities where it has been implemented, and is backed by various organizations from the corporate and philanthropy sector.

Program Director:
Nurit Carmi

Mifne – For Ultra-Orthodox Families

This is one of our self-developed programs established in 2015. Based on a  holistic approach, it has dramatically helped  less resilient ultra-Orthodox parents obtain stable and fair employment.

This unique program is geared towards families in which the parents are aged 25-45 and supported by social services and local philanthropic organizations. Mifne (which means turning point in Hebrew) helps the fathers find employment, while extending support to the mothers who typically already have a job and require backing to continue working.

The program emphasizes the connection between improved management of the household budget (in cooperation with the Paamonim Association) and the employment change that the family is undergoing. Mifne operates in partnership with different local authorities and is aided by various organizations from the corporate and philanthropic sectors.


Program Director:
Naftali Flintenstein


 Shaham aims to enable children from the Ethiopian and other poverty stricken communities in Israel, to chart a path to success, education, and future employment. The focus is on boosting the children’s skills and self-belief while developing a perception of a rewarding future. Shaham helps the children improve their academic and social functioning, acquire life skills, and better understand the connection between making an effort in the present and outcomes in the future. The program makes information about employment more accessible to their families and mediates between the schools and social services.

As part of the program, young women who volunteer for National Service extend assistance to the children at home and at school, while receiving regular training to fill that role. Shaham is run by local coordinators through the departments of social services, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Bat-Ami Association, and various organizations from the corporate and philanthropy sector.

Program Director:
Eden Tasgia


Ta’asuKav is a nationwide helpline that provides advice, support and guidance over the phone to unemployed persons and people facing employment-related hardship. The calls are answered by volunteer employment coaches – who received special and extensive training.

The volunteers offer the callers emotional support and assist them in defining a career path and in examining their vocational aspirations, skills and employment barriers. They also help them prepare for interviews and write resumes, and refer them to relevant services. The process typically lasts a few weeks, based on need, and the coaches strictly respect the callers’ anonymity if asked to do so. The helpline operates thanks to support from the corporate and philanthropy sector.

Ta’asuKav is a helpline, which is made available throughout the job search process, and is not a placement service.

Helpline Director:
Yehudit Glick

Ma’avarim (Transitions)

The program is tailored to the rural community population that has endured major challenges, due in large to various community, social and economic developments that had taken place in rural localities. The program’s objective is to provide assistance to local community members at regional employment centers in which they offer personal and community support, including: Assistance in improving their earning potential and advancing their integration into the workforce; providing wider accessibility to information and employment opportunities; advancing regional economic employment and entrepreneurial developments; spearheading the local and regional joint partnership to help set a daily schedule for local community members.

The program runs in a joint cooperation with the Community Employment Service; Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services; JDC-Israel-Tevet; regional and local municipalities; the Ministry of Economy and is operated by Be-Atzmi.


Program Director:
Dror Netzer