Rabbis for Human Rights is the only rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel, defending human rights of marginalized communities within Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The organization was founded in 1988, and today has over 100 members-all Israelis and all ordained Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Renewal rabbis as well as some rabbinical students.
Our work expresses the view that as Jews, we are obligated to protest against every injustice enacted against any other person, a view based on the belief that man and women was created in God’s image. We believe that it is our obligation to inform the Israeli public about human rights violations, and that it is our role to pressure the State institutions to fix these injustices.
We at Rabbis for Human Rights derive our authority from two main sources- from the humanistic Jewish tradition and from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In parallel to our efforts to prevent violations of human rights, Rabbis for Human Rights brings a humanistic understanding of Jewish sources to the Israeli public discourse. In a time in which a nationalist and isolationist understanding of Jewish tradition is heard frequently and loudly, Rabbis for Human Rights give expression to the traditional Jewish responsibility for the safety and welfare of the stranger, the different and the weak, the convert, the widow and the orphan.
Rabbis for Human Rights serves as a shofar for the distribution of information about human rights in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We work in partnership with local Israeli organizations, and with international human rights organizations.
Rabbis for Human Rights as an organization is not aligned with any specific political party.
Rabbis for Human Rights is supported by Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Rabbinical organizations in North America and the UK.
- In 1993 RHR received “The Speaker of the Knesset’s Award for the Quality of Life in the Field of Enhancing the Rule of Law and Democratic Values, Protecting Human Rights, and Encouraging Tolerance and Mutual Respect.”
- In 2006, RHR was awarded the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize for its efforts to promote peace in an interfaith context.
- In 2011 Gandhi Peace Award honored RHR’s Rabbi Arik Ascherman & Rabbi Ehud Bandel.
- Chairperson Rabbi Barry Leff
- Rabbi Yehoshua Engelman
- Rabbi Ofer Shabbat-Beit Halahmi
- Rabbi Miri Gold
- Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman
- Rabbi Zvi Weinberg
- Josh Weinberg– HUC rabbinical student
- Rabbi Ma’ayan Turner
- Rabbi Moshe Yehudai
- Rabbi Anita Steiner
- Rabbi Paul Feinberg
- Rabbi Jonathan Chipman
- Rabbi Uri Regev
- Rabbi Amy Klein
- Rabbi Susan Silverman
- Rabbi Yehoyada Amir
- Rabbi Michael Klein-Katz
- Ayala Levy – Executive Director
- Rabbi Arik Ascherman – Director of Special Projects and External Relations
- Adena Ben-Reuven – Grants Director
- Rivka Shohat – Office Manager
- Ela Greenberg – Development Director
- Rabbi Idit Lev – Head of the Social Justice Department
- Adv. Quamar Mishirqi – Head of the Legal Department
- Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann – Head of Human Rights in the OT Department
- Rabbi Nava Hefetz – Educational director
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