“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 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. 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 assist various groups including the unemployed, single parents, and the elderly to gain their economic, social & cultural rights.
RHR proudly runs a Women’s Single Mother Empowerment and Advocacy group made up of between twelve and fifteen Arab and Jewish women from the Hadera and Wadi Ara region. Formed in 2006 in order to combat the Wisconsin Plan, a disastrous piece of welfare-to-work legislation, the group continued on in their work even after the legislation was killed, focusing on issues that impacted them the most such as stipends for single mothers with school-age children, and raising public awareness on matters regarding poverty.