Rakee’a

Rakee’a Institute is a non-profit association producing original and groundbreaking curriculum for the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) and Dati (Orthodox) school systems in Israel. Rakee’a’s curriculum organically ties traditionally secular subjects, particularly mathematics and science, into Torah subjects, particularly Chumash. It is currently in development for primary school grade levels.

Given the increased pressure placed by the Ministry of Education in Israel on religious schools to expand their curriculum to include math and science and given the growing demand from within the Orthodox community to include some of these skills in the curriculum (albeit in a manner that does not mitigate their abilities and grounding in the areas of Torah learning and faith), it is inevitable that some middle ground will be adopted.

IVN's role is to help Rakee'a meet its goals by working with it very closely on implementing its business plan and helping to open doors in the Ministry of Education.

Joined IVN’s portfolio in mid 2013 as part of the Social Venture Program.

STATUS: Current

Mentors

Edwin Slonim
Edwin has over 30 years of operational experience with hi-tech companies globally, including senior management positions in Intel and CEO of prominent Israeli startups.

Maier Fenster
Maier is the lead patent attorney responsible for medical devices and special projects at Ehrlich & Fenster.

 

Co-Investors

IVN & the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco

Impact

Complete the development of the grade 1 & 2 books by the end of March 2014

  • Done

Complete the development of the teacher’s instruction book by the end of April 2014

  • Done

Receive approval of the instruction book by the relevant institutes by May 2014

  • Done

Begin the marketing process of the books to Haredi schools that don’t require approval by the Ministry of Education – May 2014

  • Done

Implement the material in 5 schools by Sept 2014

  • Done

Sell books to schools (1st & 2nd grades)

  • 2015 (projected) – 4 schools
  • 2016 (projected) – 15 schools

Complete the development of 3rd grade books

  • 2015 (projected) – TBD

Income Generated from Sales

  • 2015 (projected) – NIS 100,000
  • 2016 (projected) – NIS 270,000