Justice in Israel

Hadera socio-economic rights center moves to a new location!

No Comments 08 February 2016

Yesterday, our Hadera Socio-Economic Rights center moved to its new home, still in Hadera of course. Moving is never easy, so congratulations to the staff for getting things set up so quickly! Their doors will officially open once again tomorrow, February 9th. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

LISTEN: Rabbi Idit Lev on Israeli radio with Keren Neubach on the new credit history bill

No Comments 27 January 2016

Yesterday (January 26th), Rabbi Idit lev, the head of RHR’s Socioeconomic justice department was one of Keren Neubach’s interviewees on the planned bill on new credit history and current debt information bank. Generally progressive Zionist Union MKs say that it will not hurt those living in poverty and they are open to input in working out any potential problems. Rabbi Lev, on the show,  detailed how those living in poverty are almost always juggling debts, and the concern is that this bill could result in the inability of those living in poverty to even rent an apartment. Rabbi Lev expressed hope that those working on the bill are truly committed to improving it so that it will not harm those already struggling in poverty.

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Photos: Tu B’Shevat tree planting in Beit Shean and social justice seder

1 Comment 26 January 2016

Yesterday, January 25th, Israeli public housing activists plant trees in a low-income Beit Shean neighborhood in honour of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish new year for trees. We had originally planned for a larger planting, but due to bad weather we could only do a small symbolic planting instead.

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Justice in Israel

THIS AFTERNOON: Tu B’Shevat social justice seder in Beit Shean

No Comments 25 January 2016

Although our planting activities have unfortunately been postponed today due to poor weather, we will hold a symbolic tree planting and social justice seder this afternoon with in Beit Shean with our public housing activist group. The event will begin at 3:30pm.  We will draw connections between the seasons, fruits and the seasons of activism.  

Call Rabbi Ascherman at 050-5607034 for details. Note: The seder will be in Hebrew, but translation is possible.

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Justice in Israel, Refugees rights - UNHCR

Course for volunteers with the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants

No Comments 06 January 2016

The The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants is running a course for volunteers this January-February. Space is limited. There will be seven 3.5 hour sessions. Those accepted into the course will commit to volunteering once a week for  four hour shift for at least one year. Volunteer work can include intake, translating from various languages, public relations work, education, and tours. Note: The course will be in Hebrew. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

The story of a man expected to live on 250 ILS per month ($64 dollars)

No Comments 04 January 2016

Rabbi Sigal Asher, director of RHR’s Socio-Economic Rights Center in Hadera, tells of a man who is supposed to live off 250 ILS per month. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories

January 25th: Tree planting with Palestinian farmers and other Tu B’Shevat events!

No Comments 04 January 2016

Please join RHR on Monday January 25th as we plant trees in a Palestinian village for Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish version of Arbor Day! Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Rabbi Lev named a person of the year by Yedioth Ahronoth!

1 Comment 30 December 2015

Rabbi Idit Lev, the director of our socio-economic justice department, has been named a “person of the year” in 2015 by the popular Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronoth! Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel

International students join RHR for study session on socio-economic justice in Israel

No Comments 19 December 2015

On Friday December 18th, Rabbi Idit Lev taught Torah and led a session on socioeconomic justice in Israel as part of the series of programs and field tours RHR runs every year for rabbinical, cantorial, Jewish education and other international students spending a year in Israel.

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Justice in Israel, Parasha / E-Letter

Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty responds to recent poverty report

No Comments 15 December 2015

A recent report by the National Insurance Institute has revealed that poverty increased in Israel in 2014 according to number of different measures. For example, the number of children living in poverty increased from 30.8% in 2013 to 31% in 2014, while the poverty rate for working families rose from 12.5% in 2013 to 13.1% in 2014. See below for the response of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, of which RHR is an active member. Continue Reading

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