Despite a national fall in divorce rates during 2017, rabbinate figures indicate a steep increase in divorce rates in some religious towns.
10,674 couples divorced in Israel in 2017 compared to 10,825 a year earlier, a fall of one percent. This was partially because the rabbinate began to help couples resolve their differences before filing for divorce.
But divorces in Yerushalayim rose 9% from 725 divorces in 2016 to 788 divorces the following year, the largest numerical increase of any Israeli town.
The highest proportional increase in divorce was in Beitar Illit, where divorces rose by 61%. Kiryat Malachi and Tirat Hakarmel saw increases of 41% and 40%, while divorces in Ramat Hasharon and Gederah fell by 35% and 38%.