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Widening Education Gap Between Ashkenazim and Sephardim

September 18, 1987
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The education gap between Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews in Israel has widened in recent years and Sephardim even lag behind Israeli Arabs in academic degrees, according to a survey by Dr. Yaakov Nahon of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, published Wednesday.

Nahon found that only 6.1 percent of Sephardic Jews between the ages of 30-35 have attended institutions of higher learning compared to 28.3 percent of Ashkenazic Jews in the same age bracket. Among young Arabs, 8.8 percent hold bachelor degrees as opposed to 6.1 percent of Sephardic Jews. According to Nahon the gap is narrower for the older generation, where 2.7 percent of Sephardim had an academic background compared to 10.7 percent of Ashkenazim.

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