Henry Taub, 1927-2011
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Henry Taub, 1927-2011

Taub Center in Jerusalem studies social policy

One of the many projects through which Henry Taub’s name lives on is the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies, an independent, non-partisan, socioeconomic research institute based in Jerusalem.

The center originated in 1982 as Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s Team for Planning Social Services, headed by former Minister of Labor and Social Affairs> Israel Katz. The idea was to provide the government with fresh policy options, information, and research.

Two years later, the group evolved into the independent Center for Social Policy Studies, funded by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Taub became chairman of the board in 1991, and in 2003 the JDC launched a long-term endowment campaign with donations from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation as well other family foundations.

At that time, the name of the center was formally changed to the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel in recognition of Taub’s support and dedication.

Today the center conducts impartial research on socioeconomic conditions in Israel and develops innovative practical options for public policies to advance the well-being of Israelis.

The most recent reports out of the Taub Center, dated March 29, include a study of Israeli high school matriculation rates, with the goal of formulating policy to improve those rates, and a study of Israeli dental care, which proposes that Israel should include dental care in the universal health-care entitlement, at least for children and the needy elderly.

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