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Reuven Gal

Reuven Gal
Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Ultra-Orthodox Integration Project; Social and Long-term Planning
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reuvgal@sni.technion.ac.il

Reuven Gal has experience in both academic, government and non-government arenas. He completed his B.A. and M.A. studies in psychology and sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1963 – 1967) and earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California—Berkley (1975). Reuven served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a combat infantry officer. In the Six-Days War he commanded a reserved reconnaissance unit in the battles in Jerusalem. He later served as the Chief Psychologist of Israel’s Navy and between 1976 and 1982 he served as IDF’s Chief Psychologist and the Commander of the Department of Behavioral Sciences of the IDF (MAMDA).  He retired (1983) with the rank of Colonel. Since then he has led an active career in public service and in the academy.

 

Dr. Gal served as the Deputy National Security Advisor on Israel’s National Security Council (2002 – 2004); founded, and also headed the Administration for National Civic Service, under the Prime Minister's Office (2006—2009).  He founded and directed (1985-2002) the Carmel Institute for Social Studies and the Centre of Quality Leadership.  His teaching career in psychology expands many universities, including Boston University (BU), University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Southern Florida (USF), Haifa University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.   Dr. Gal is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.In his current position as head of the 'Ultra-Orthodox Integration Project', in the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy at the Technion, Gal focuses on the possibilities of Ultra-Orthodox integration into the employment market, and in proactive delivery of information on this topic to policy makers. In addition, Dr. Gal is also heading the project "It Takes Two to Tango -- Spatial and Social Implications of IDF's Relocation to the Negev"

 

Dr. Gal is the Founding Chair of the Israeli Society for Civil-Military Studies. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the Israeli Psychological Association (IPA). He sits on the Inter-University Seminar (IUS) Council, and on the Editorial Board of Armed Forces & Society.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Haifa.   Dr. Gal has authored and edited six books, and published numerous articles and book chapters. 

 

Gal is married to Ivria, a family therapist. They have five children and twelve grandchildren.   

Articles

 

Social Resilience in Times of Protracted Crises: An Israeli Case Study

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מודל הגיוס לצהל - בחינת חלופות וחידושים

IDF’s Conscription Model: Examining Alternatives and Innovations

Our goal is to organize a Roundtable discussion, whose participants have expertise, knowledge and opinions on all aspects of military conscription – social, political, military, strategic, economic and psychological. In the Roundtable, a wide variety of opinions and positions will be expressed, on I.D.F. conscription and the volunteer army; innovations in this area will be discussed and various alternative policies will be presented. The Roundtable will provide informative useful material for a planned one-day Workshop conference, at which decision-makers and opinion leaders will participate. The S. Neaman Institute will prepare and distribute a report, at the conclusion of the Workshop.
עירוניות וצבא – היילכו השניים יחדיו

It Takes Two to Tango? Spatial and Social Implications of Joint Civil-Military Development

The study examined the impact of the IDF bases' relocation to the Negev on strengthening the urban regions in the Be'er Sheva metropolitan area. It was hypothesized that the relocation of military installations would become a major mechanism for strengthening the towns located in the Be'er Sheva metropolitan area, strengthening the Negev's urban sector and thus increasing social integration. The study examined this hypothesis, both qualitatively and quantitatively, based on a broad spectrum of collected data.
Integrating the Ultra-Orthodox Population in the Israeli Economy

Integrating the Ultra-Orthodox Population in the Israeli Economy

The Ultra-orthodox (U-O) Integration Project was inaugurated at the Samuel Neaman Institute in 2010, following the recommendations of the ”Israel 2028” Project. The goals of the UOI Project were to investigate the subject and provide recommendations as to how to enhance the participation of the U-O population in the labor market in Israel. During the last 5 years, the project team has produced a multitude of analyses on various aspects of the subject matter and has published numerous reports, which in turn had significant impact on the national policy in this area.
מחקר על הפוטנציאל למצוינות בלימודי מתמטיקה ופיזיקה במערכת החינוך החרדית

Excellence in Mathematics in the Ultra-Orthodox Community

This is an exploratory study, solicited by the Trump Foundation in Israel, aimed at the assessment of the potential for excellence in Math and Physics studies within the current Haredi Educational System. The study illuminates some of the recent transformations occurring in this regard, both within the Yeshivot of the Haredi men, as well among the Haredi women's education system, predominantly the Beit-Ya'akov schools. The report concludes by forecasting, cautiously, an imminent trend change towards a legitimate growing of excellence in mathematics among various sections in the Haredi society.
 1מוכנות האוכלוסייה החרדית בישראל לרעידות אדמה ומצבי חירום

Preparedness of Ultra-Orthodox Population in Israel toward Earth Quakes and Emergency Situations

Sample groups within various Ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel will be surveyed in order to examine their perceptions, awareness and preparedness towards emergency situations – whether natural (e.g. earthquakes), or man-made (terror attacks, war aimed at civilian areas).

'Community and Career Center for Converters to Secularism' – Evaluation Study

This is an evaluation study, of the Formative Assessment nature, focusing on the program 'Community and Career Center for Former Haredim'. The program aims at creating a supportive community for lapsed Haredim, to diminish education and cultural gaps and to assist their integration within the secular society.
Ultra-Orthodox:  Burden to society or have the potential to launch us forward?

Ultra-Orthodox: Burden to society or have the potential to launch us forward?

06 March, 2015
The politicians have forgotten the ultra-Orthodox issue at the election platforms, but if a serious effort will not be made to integrate them into society, we will reach a majority of ultra-Orthodox in the country that will be poor and mainly unproductive. How can we change that?

The way to integrate the Haredim

13 October, 2014
There is no choice. The assumed tolerable status quo must change. Israel must address the integration of Haredim to society in the same way she addressed the mass immigration waves. A strategig decision must be made to establish a coordinating body and harness all the government offices for the operation, while granting the lifestyle and characteristics of the Ultra-Orthodox community, and without trying to change their beliefs.
A part of the IDF religionization

A part of the IDF religionization

17 July, 2014
The title of the document signed by the Givati Brigade Commander is "Commander's Order of Battle", but in fact it is a personal musings page by Colonel Ofer Winter.
Dr. Reuven Gal:

Dr. Reuven Gal:

11 December, 2013
They enlist [to the military and Civic Service], they study [at academic institutions] and they want to work: More and more Ultra-Orthodox entering the job market, with increasing support from the rabbis. And the State of Israel stands in the threshold of a
The quiet transformation

The quiet transformation

02 September, 2011
The educational theory

The educational theory

24 December, 2014
The defiance virus

The defiance virus

19 July, 2013
Positive Change

Positive Change

18 August, 2012
The coalition timer

The coalition timer

27 January, 2012
Zichron redemption

Zichron redemption

09 December, 2011
Inevitable process

Inevitable process

23 September, 2011
Do not stop the Tal Law

Do not stop the Tal Law

25 February, 2011
A sacred work

A sacred work

01 December, 2010