Education, Justice in Israel, Refugees and asylum seekers


2 Comments 04 January 2018

Rabbis for Human Rights in cooperation with the Hartman Institute invite you for an evening of study, thought and action on Jewish moral responsibility and the issue of asylum seekers and refugees in Israel today. The event will be held in Hebrew on Tuesday, January 16th at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem at 16:30 (9:30 AM Eastern Standard Time).

[Hebrew] study guide/sources to go along with the conference can be found here.


Asylum seekers at the Holot refugee seder


For those who cannot make it to Jerusalem, the event will be broadcast live and viewable online. Check back here on this post for the link for the live broadcast, or on our social media networks.

For those who do not speak Hebrew, we will update this post with the highlights and main points of the conference following the event.

BACKGROUND: The Israeli government is currently moving ahead with plans to expel Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers from Israel. This policy poses a life-endangering threat to the asylum seekers and contradicts both the Jewish tradition and the tradition of the State of Israel, which was one of the nations to initiate the United Nations Refugee Convention in the 1950s. It is with great concern that we closely watch the actions of the Israeli government – before it’s too late.

Tuesday, January 16th, Hartman Institute, 16:30
Registration required

Translation of invitation:


Jewish Moral Responsibility and the Issue of Refugees and Asylum Seekers


16:00-16:30: Doors open
16:30-17:15: Welcome: Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, Rabbi Nava Hefetz
17:15-18:00: Update from the field: Advocate Reut Michaeli, Executive Director, Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
18:00-18:45: Text study with Rav David Bigman, Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa: The Stranger who resides with you shall be at you as one of your citizens
18:45-19:00: Break
19:00-19:30: Meeting with asylum seekers
19:30-20:30: Call to action and open discussion: Rabbi Dr Ariel Pikar and Rabbi Idit Lev

More information:
[email protected], Rabbi Pikar
[email protected], Rabbi Hefetz
[email protected], Rabbi Lev


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  1. Victor Hoffman says:

    Heartfelt wishes for the success of this important conference and regrets that I cannot attend.

  2. Tamar says:

    כבוד to Munim Haroun for speaking openly about his journey from home and family to this day. A brilliant, articulate, principled, and courageous leader whose witness we are called to heed as quickly as possible.

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