The olive harvest has come to a close, and we thank all of our wonderful volunteers for joining us in the groves this year. Your presence made a difference, helped ensure farmers were safe, could access their lands, and showed the world that there is, indeed, another way. As a thank you, RHR has put together a short video of memories from this year’s harvest. Enjoy! Continue Reading
On Sunday November 15th (3rd of Kislev), RHR recognised the dedication of our volunteers in a special ceremony marking the end of the olive harvest season. The event was held at the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Yaffo. Together, we spoke of the significance of the act of harvesting, and shared our personal thoughts, experiences and reflections from this year’s harvest. RHR staff members Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Yael Vurgan and Zakaria Sadah were present to give a big thank you to all our volunteers whose dedication showed the world that, amidst all the recent tension, it is indeed possible to choose a path of solidarity, fellowship and justice. Volunteers received certificates and a small plant as a show of our appreciation. Continue Reading
On November 13th, RHR brought international and Israeli volunteers to harvest olives side-by-side with Palestinian farmers in the West Bank villages of Burin and Atara. Throughout the olive harvest season, we bring volunteers to help farmers with land in areas nearby settlements or outposts known for violence and vandalism against Palestinians and their property. Our presence helps deter attacks, as extremists are much less likely to cause trouble when they know internationals and Israelis are present. Continue Reading
Reports indicate a minor from the settlement of Itamar has been arrested in connection with assaulting Rabbi Ascherman while armed with a knife on October 23 2015. According to police reports, he confessed and a knife, face mask like the one used in the assault, a military stun grenade, bullets and a slingshot were found in the youth’s home. Continue Reading
On November 2nd, Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman, among the leaders of the Jewish Renewal Movement (Rabbi Waskow also heads the Shalom Center) blessed us with their presence at the olive harvest in Burin.
On Friday October 30th, rabbinical, cantorial, and other international students spending the year in Israel participated in the Palestinian olive harvest with RHR in the village of Burin.
Youtube has removed the video of Rabbi Ascherman’s attack from where it was originally posted with the claim that it was “designed to harass, bully or threaten.” It had received over 150,000 views. Of course this is entirely false, and is most likely the result of a deliberate efforts by others to cover up the truth. We are appealing the removal. Continue Reading
On October 26th 2015, Rabbi Ascherman was interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! following the release of a video of him being attacked by an Israeli extremist which went viral. Unfortunately, the satellite feed cut out midway through the interview.
Note: Rabbi Ascherman is NOT a co-founder of RHR. He joined five years after it was founded.
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