“Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” – Isaiah 58:7
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 takes 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. We use our unique voice as a rabbinical organization in order to unite the diverse groups within Israeli society around the vision of Jewish values in a mutual struggle for social and economic justice.
RHR’s Hadera Rights Center helps the economically vulnerable Israelis receive their social rights and entitlements. Our experienced and committed staff see clients on a walk-in basis and provide on-the-spot assistance, often helping them fill in paperwork, make phones calls or send faxes. We also employ a social justice lawyer who is available for consult on more complicated cases. 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. More on Hadera Right’s Center.
Advocacy & Work in the Knesset
We are active in the Knesset in order to ensure a more just division of resources, particularly since recently, time after time, the weak are hurt & the wealthy receive incentives. We are committed to the fight against poverty in Israel and understand that poverty is not a decree from above but rather the result of bad legislation. We are active members of social justice coalitions including the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty and the Public Housing Forum, and are the only organization in Israel who seeks to bring the voices of those living in poverty to Israel’s legislators. Our work aims to ensure that the Jewish values to “seek justice, alleviate oppression, defend orphans in court, and plead the widow’s case” are enshrined in Israeli law and policy.