About Socioeconomic Justice in Israel Department

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Demonstrative photo of RHR workers conducting an intake interview with a client in RHR’s Rights Center in Hadera. RHR assists workers & the unemployed receive the benefits they are entitled to.

Jewish tradition obliges the community to care for the weak and to provide its members with its basic needs. In the Bible we see the anger of the Prophets concerning economic injustice. On one hand Israel has adopted the international treaty on economic, social and cultural rights.  But on the other hand hunger, poverty and unemployment in the country are growing steadily.

RHR take our values of helping the weak, caring for each other and mutual responsibility between the collective and the individual from the Jewish tradition.  This tradition guides our activities, and similarly, according to the international treaties, we define our focus in the areas of economic and social justice.In the last years we have chosen to focus on the right for employment.

public-housingWe led the struggle against the Wisconsin Plan, Israel’s failed “from-welfare-to-work” plan, and succeeded in cancelling the transfer of the State’s responsibility for its weakest to private hands.

Today, in our Rights Center located in Hadera,  we help the unemployed as well as those employed in part-time or full-time jobs with low wages. Our clients draw from the local community in Hadera and from nearby Arab communities in Wadi Ara, but we also see people from all over the country.  We aspire to implement the Rambam’s highest rank of righteousness, helping the unemployed in finding work, and giving “a present or a loan” to the unemployed in order to ensure their basic existence.

In addition we are also active in the Knesset, in order to ensure a more just division of  the State of Israel’s resources, particularly since in recent years, time after time, the weak are hurt and the wealthy receive incentives.We assist different groups in Israeli society in their struggle to gain their economic, social and cultural rights. We support groups of: unemployed, single-parent families, the elderly, invalids and others whose urgent needs fall through the cracks.

We use our unique voice as a rabbinical organization,  in order to unite the different groups in Israeli society around the vision of justice and Jewish values in the mutual struggle for social and economic justice.

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