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Passover Thoughts 5776: Where is God’s Glory?

No Comments 26 April 2016

As we near the final days of Passover, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi for Rabbis for Human Rights, shares his thoughts on the holiday. Continue Reading

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Pre-military Israelis exposed for first time to Muslim & Christian religious leaders

1 Comment 24 April 2016

On April 6 2016, an “Abrahamic Team,” presented their personal stories and reflections on the topic of “Human Dignity and Sanctity of Life” to a group of 35 Jewish Israeli students studying this year in a pre-army academic preparatory course at Kibbutz Biram in the Upper Galilee.

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Passover lesson plan: This is the bread of affliction…Next year we will be free

No Comments 20 April 2016

Below please find a Passover human rights lesson plan by RHR education director Rabbi Nava Hefetz and deputy director Yael Gamon exploring the meaning of “freedom” in the context of poverty, our relationships with the non-Jews living among us, and the challenges of sovereignty.

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Photos: Freedom seder at Holot with African asylum seekers

No Comments 17 April 2016

On April 15th 2016, Rabbis for Human Rights along with partner Right Now with the support of the New Israel Fund, held a special mock seder for African asylum seekers currently detained at Holot, an “open” detention center deep in Israel’s Negev desert. Continue Reading

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Refugee freedom seder haggadah

No Comments 15 April 2016

Below please find a modified version of the Passover haggadah used on April 15 2016 to lead a seder with African asylum seekers at the Holot “Open” Detention Facility in the Negev where they are currently detained.

We encourage you to download the haggadah and use it or parts of it as you see appropriate in your own Passover seder.

Special thanks to the New Israel Fund for sponsoring the Holot seder. 

Download the PDF file .

Download as word document here (which you can alter as you see fit)

View/download as PDF document here

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Photos from the seder here

General, Refugees rights - UNHCR

Friday April 15th Refugee Seder in Holot: Register/Purchase your tickets now!

1 Comment 10 April 2016

“In every generation we must see ourselves as if we ourselves left Egypt.”

REMINDER: The refugee Passover seder is THIS Friday, April 15th outside the Holot Detention Facility, Negev, Israel, from 11am to 2pm.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN OUR BUSES FROM TEL AVIV, JERUSALEM OR BEER SHEVA, YOU MUST REGISTER/PURCHASE BUS TICKETS IN ADVANCE!  Continue Reading

Education, General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

Every Person Has Their Hour: Purim Thoughts for 5776

1 Comment 23 March 2016

“Perhaps some of the students, and some of you, are/were infuriated by any suggestion that the responsibility for what we had just seen lay with anybody other than the perpetrator, or perhaps Palestinians in general. Others may be angry with me for justifying violence against Palestinians by seemingly backing the dangerous assertion we actually hear from time to time, that Palestinians are descendants of Amalek.” Continue Reading

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Save the date! April 15th Holot Freedom Seder

No Comments 21 March 2016

Save the date! This year’s Holot Passover seder will be held FRIDAY APRIL 15TH 2016 from 11AM to 2PM. This year’s theme is “Let all who are hungry come and eat.”

NOTE: THE DATE OF THE SEDER HAS CHANGED FROM SUNDAY APRIL 17TH TO FRIDAY APRIL 15TH. Again, the seder will now be on Friday, April 15th. We apologise for any inconvenience.

*IF YOU PLAN ON ARRIVING WITH ONE OF OUR BUSES FROM TEL AVIV, JERUSALEM OR BEERSHEVA, YOU NEED TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE*

Tickets are 70 NIS roundtrip from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and 50 NIS from Beersheva. They are free for asylum seekers. If you cannot attend, you are also encouraged to make a donation via the same page.

Bus Transportation will be departing:
• Tel Aviv, departing Levinsky Park (parking lot at Hagdud HaIvri Street) – 08:00
• Jerusalem, departing Liberty Bell Park (parking lot) – 08:00
• Beer Sheva, departing Teachers Center (Rager Blvd 85) – 09:00
Return between 5:30-6pm. We will try to arrange car pools in addition for those who are concerned about being home before Shabbat.

Purchase tickets here

Please use our Facebook event page to organize rides from other places 

BACKGROUND: Over the last few years, a Passover Seder has been held with African asylum seekers detained in the “open” detention facility of Holot, deep in the Negev. This year, RHR is proud to join “Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel” in organizing the event. This year’s theme is “Let all who are hungry come and eat” – demanding an end to the policy of malnutrition at Holot and that the detainees be granted access to sufficient and appropriate nutrition.

Program (subject to change):
11:00 – Arrival at Holot. Potluck meal & discussion circles with sharing of “Coming out of Egypt” stories
12:30 – Intercultural Passover Seder Ceremony – With joint intercultural prayer and brief speeches by asylum seekers and Israelis
13:00 – Symbolic “Exodus from Egypt” – Marching around Holot with shofars, drums, tambourines, etc.
14:00 – Buses depart for Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Participants are invited to bring food for a potluck meal. Also, if you have a shofar or a handheld drum, please bring it!

Facebook event here

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP ORDERING TICKETS, PLEASE CALL RHR: 02-6482757, [email protected]

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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

Education, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

The road to Hura, Umm al Hiran & more: Pre-military students visit the Bedouin of the Negev

No Comments 08 December 2015

Rabbi Nava Hefetz, Director of Education at Rabbis for Human Rights, brings the pre-military students of the Hanaton Academy on a fascinating tour of the Negev
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