Justice in Israel

A look at the work of the Hadera Social Rights Center

No Comments 09 January 2018

Every year, hundreds of Jewish Israelis, Russian and Ethiopian immigrants, and Arab residents of towns neighboring Hadera and Wadi Ara turn to Rabbis for Human Rights’ Hadera Rights Center in order to ensure they receive their socioeconomic rights and entitlements.

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Education, Justice in Israel, Refugees and asylum seekers

WATCH LIVE: CONFERENCE OF RABBIS AND EDUCATORS ON ASYLUM SEEKERS IN ISRAEL

2 Comments 04 January 2018

Rabbis for Human Rights in cooperation with the Hartman Institute invite you for an evening of study, thought and action on Jewish moral responsibility and the issue of asylum seekers and refugees in Israel today. The event will be held in Hebrew on Tuesday, January 16th at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem at 16:30 (9:30 AM Eastern Standard Time).

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Justice in Israel, Press Releases

Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty: In light of data, minimum wage should be raised

No Comments 12 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE | DECEMBER 12 2017

The Forum for the Struggle to Fight Poverty to the government: In consideration of the correlation between raising the minimum wage and the decline of unemployment, minimum wage should once again be raised
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General, Justice in Israel

Our father Abraham would speak out against Lieberman

No Comments 11 December 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights strongly condemns Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s statement calling for the boycott of Arab residents of Wadi Ara following a handful of violence.

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Justice in Israel, Press Releases

RHR & Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty Respond to 2016 Report on Israeli Poverty

No Comments 09 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE | DECEMBER 9 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights and the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty Responds to 2016 Poverty Report

The most worrisome trend apparent in new poverty report is that employment does not lead to an escape from poverty. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

WATCH: Rabbi Idit Lev on social justice work, poverty & recent urban renewal victories

No Comments 20 November 2017

Rabbi Idit Lev is the director of Rabbis for Human Rights’ socio-economic justice program.  Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

October 28: social justice lawyer Becky Cohen-Keshet in New York City

No Comments 15 October 2017

Friends in the New York City area – do not miss a chance to learn from and talk with Rabbis for Human Rights’ social justice lawyer Becky Cohen-Keshet! Ms. Cohen-Keshet will be speaking with Congregation Shaare Tzedek on October 28th (Saturday) at 12:45pm at the Franciscan Community Center (214 West 97th Street). The topic of her talk will be Making a Land of Blessings: Social Justice in Israel. For more information and to register, go here. All are welcome!

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Justice in Israel

May the New Year & Its Blessings Begin: “Little Sister” for a contemporary Israel

No Comments 19 September 2017

Little Sister is a famous piyut (hymn) that opens the liturgy for Rosh Hashanah. It was written by the Kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Chazan of Girona in the 13th century. The piyut describes the suffering of the Jews in the Diaspora and ends each verse with the words: “May the year and its curses come to an end!” The last verse wishes for better days and ends with the words: “May the New Year with its blessings begin.”

Under its inspiration, members of the social justice team at Rabbis for Human Rights composed a modern piyut based on the department’s work in the last year. The result is a modern Israeli hymn that constitutes a contemporary Jewish social manifesto. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Accepting the gratitude of others: A moment of blessing at the Hadera Justice Center

No Comments 18 September 2017

Gratitude is a basic Jewish value, and still it is not easy for us to accept it from others. This is especially true when those are individuals are those who turn to us at the Rabbis for Human Rights’ Hadera Rights Center.  When folks come and wish to thank us for the help they received navigating Israeli bureaucracy, especially those who also bring us something—we feel discomfort. How can we allow a individual who is having such a hard time spend their money on us? We did our job, and our payment is the success we achieved. Rabbi Idit Lev, the direcotor of Rabbis for Human Rights’ social justice program, explains how she learned to accept gratitude: Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel

Citizenship is a basic human right, not a gift of the state

No Comments 08 August 2017

It must be plainly stated: Citizenship is a basic human right; it is not a gift for the state to revoke.

We learned this week that Ala’a Ziwad, a resident of Umm al-Fahm who committed a terrorist attack in Gan Shmu’el injuring four Israeli civilians, will have his citizenship revoked. Continue Reading

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