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Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah portion: Bringing God into the world

No Comments 08 October 2015

In this week’s Torah commentary, Rabbi Miri Gold reminds us that it is all of our responsibility to bring God into the world through our actions – be them as small (or as a great) as the “mere” picking of an olive.   Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

The olive harvest has begun: Volunteers needed for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!

No Comments 06 October 2015


We need folks to sign up to join us for the harvest THIS Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For those of you who have already signed up, now is the time for you to work with our office to specify a date.

Please email info@rhr.israel.net or call 02 678 3876 to sign up. Dates are also available until Nov 6th.


Things in the territories are changing frequently because of the tense situation. We are in touch with both Palestinians and security forces in order to know where the harvest is taking place, where we are needed, and to know that we aren’t taking undo risk. We will be in touch those who have signed up the afternoon before in order to reconfirm with them.



Please bring protection from the sun (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), plenty of water and a bagged lunch. Be sure to wear comfortable, closed toe shoes. We also request that you dress modestly and according to traditional Palestinian social norms (no shorts, exposed arms). Finally, please bring passports and/or ID cards.


With the help of our dedicated volunteers, Rabbis for Human Rights has succeeded in changing the lives of Palestinian landowners throughout the occupied territories for more than a decade. A major component of improving the reality on the ground for these landowners is RHR’s yearly olive harvest campaign. During the fall and winter months, hundreds of local and international volunteers work side-by-side in solidarity with Palestinian farmers to safely harvest olives in high-risk areas where farmers are either threatened by attacks or intimidation tactics by radical Jews, or are in danger of having their land taken-over by settlements. Our presence discourages radical settlers from making trouble, allowing farmers to complete their work in peace, while also showing them a new and different face of Judaism – one that is compassionate and committed to brotherhood and human rights.





Occupied Territories

Volunteers needed: The olive harvest is coming!

1 Comment 30 August 2015

Among the many topics discussed in last week’s Torah portion (Ki Teitzei), the olive harvest is mentioned (Deut. 24:20)!  This year, Rabbi Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR,  is again assuming personal responsibility for RHR’s accompaniment of farmers during the  harvest, and we need you in the field! Please help us update our volunteer lists by contacting our office and providing your email and phone number/s: 02-6482757, info@rhr.israel.net. YOU CAN ALSO REGISTER ONLINE Continue Reading

Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Field Report: RHR’s 2014 Olive Harvest

No Comments 14 December 2014

Every fall, Rabbis for Human Rights brings hundreds of volunteers to work side-by-side with Palestinian farmers during our Olive Harvest campaign. Our presence provides protection against possible settler intimidation, enables farmers to pick within the limited number of days that they can safely do so, and has also become an act of solidarity between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. As the fall 2014 harvest season comes to a close, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann,director of RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, updates us on how it went. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Friday, October 31: Olive Harvest Day for International Students

No Comments 28 October 2014

RHR invites study abroad students to join us on Friday, October 31st 2014 for a special day of harvesting in the Occupied Territories!

Additional information on the olive harvest

Additional information on volunteering for the harvest

Occupied Territories

Cows belonging to settlement sent to destroy Palestinian olive trees

No Comments 21 October 2014

Cows belonging to  settlers are sent to graze amid Palestinian olive trees in the  village of Aqraba in the Occupied Territories. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Mosque burned in early hours in Palestinian village Aqrabah

No Comments 14 October 2014

Palestinian residents of the village Aqrabah discovered that the mosque had been overnight (early Tuesday morning, October 14t 2014) in an apparent “price tag” attack.  The first floor of the mosque was burned, with damage done to the carpet, the walls and to copies of the Koran. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Olive Harvest in the Occupied Territories starts with a number of serious incidents

No Comments 07 October 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Oct 6th 2014

As the olive harvest begins, a number of serious incidents have been reported in the Occupied Territories.  Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

JOIN US: RHR kicks off the olive harvest season of 5775

1 Comment 05 October 2014


Rabbis for Human Rights

is pleased to invite you to join us as we begin this year’s


cc: wikimedia


During the intermediate days of Sukkot

and in the weeks that follow

Call: 02 6482757 or email yehielgreni@gmail.com

Every fall, Rabbis for Human Rights brings hundreds of volunteers to work side-by-side with Palestinian farmers during our Olive Harvest campaign. Our presence provides protection against possible settler intimidation, enables farmers to pick within the limited number of days that they can safely do so, and has also become an act of solidarity between Israeli Jews and Palestinians.

If you would like to join us for a day of harvesting in the territories, please sign up by calling or emailing our office at info@rhr.israel.net or 02 648 2757. You can also email the director of RHR’s human rights activity in the Occupied Territories, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, at yehielgreni@gmail.com.

DEPARTURE: We will be leaving from Liberty Bell Gardens parking lot (Jerusalem) at 6:20 (actually the bus will leave at 6:30 precisely), with the possibility of a pick up at Binyanei HaUma (near the central bus station) at approx. 6:45 and a pick up at the Rosh HaAyin train station at 7:20am.

REGISTRATION: Registration at the office is until 16:30 the day before. Those wanting to go out on Sundays must register by 16:30 on Thursdays. If you have not registered on time you are not assured a place on the bus or being informed of last minute changes, cancellations, etc. Registration on time might sometimes impact on the decision to go out at all, if there are not enough volunteers. Our volunteers are invited to contribute to the cost of the bus according to their ability and generosity.
A NOTE ON SECURITY: We will not publish names of the places (all in area C) we are going to because of security concerns and the need for flexibility in our work.  We are in contact with 50 villages.

In general, we will be working in places with scheduled army protection (this is for the Palestinians and settlers, not for us!) but not always. We would like to know who is and is not willing to pick in such places.

PLEASE BRING: All the volunteers are requested to bring valid current identification (identity card, passport, driving license), food for the day, water, work clothes (and to be sensitive to traditional Muslim dress code for women) closed shoes, and protection from the sun.

Wishing you all a Hag Sameach and a successful and peaceful olive harvest! We hope to see you in the field!



General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Mr Tenenbom’s book is not factually reliable

2 Comments 07 September 2014

Simply from the many verifiable inaccuracies in Mr. Tenenbom’s chapter about Rabbi Arik Ascherman and Rabbis For Human Rights in his book To Catch a Jew, any objective person must call into question the accuracy of the entire book (aside than the sections for which Mr. Tenenbom has recorded proof of his claims and makes those recordings available). Mr. Tenenbom should be free to admire Yitzhar settlers (if he was accurately quoted in one Israeli news outlet), and express the rest of his opinions as well. However, he must be factually accurate.

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