Tag archive for "poverty"

Parasha / E-Letter

Purim Sameach: The social side of Purim

No Comments 08 March 2017

Purim is a fun holiday for children and adults alike. But, as revealed by Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, the holiday also has a more serious side, demanding that in addition to the fun, we also raise up the  most disadvantaged around us.  Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

How much is left after rent?

No Comments 05 February 2017

At Rabbis for Human Rights’ socio-economic rights center in Hadera, Rabbi Idit Lev sat with two different men. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty responds to new report from National Insurance

No Comments 15 December 2016

A new report released today (December 15 2016) by the National Insurance on poverty in Israel showed that while the numbers of individuals living in poverty decreased, the number of families in poverty increased. The report also showed that the situation of those living in poverty deteriorated in 2015, and that there has been a significant reduction in poverty rates in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community after sustained measures were taken by the government to combat the high rates often found in that community. Below please find the response of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty , of which RHR is an active member, to the report: Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel

The “catch-22” of poverty, bureaucracy, and vacations—and how it could easily be solved

No Comments 22 August 2016

On Sunday [August 21st, 2016], a woman arrived at our Hadera Rights Center. She works as a kindergarten aide. This month she is on vacation, not of her own choice, but because all kindergartens are closed. Since she gets paid per hour of work (known as an hourly employee), she does not get a salary for this month. She had hoped to take advantage of these vacation days in order to run some errands. However:

  • The Social Security Office is on hiatus;
  • The Welfare Office is on hiatus.

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Justice in Israel

Forum for Public Housing responds to recent Comptroller Report

No Comments 27 July 2016

The Forum for Public Housing, of which Rabbis for Human Rights is an active member, responds to a recent report from Israel’s Comptroller on the state of Public Housing:

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Justice in Israel, Press Releases

The Forum for Public Housing presents Public Housing Day at the Knesset

No Comments 11 July 2016

PRESS RELEASE | JULY 11 2016

The Forum for Public Housing presents Public Housing Day at the Knesset: Marking the Crisis of the Million

Invitation to cover: Public Housing Day in the Knesset on July 12 2016 will be led by MKs Orli Levy Abekasis, Dov Hanin, Stav Shafir, Ilan Gilon, Itzik Shmuli, Eli Cohen and Omer Bar Lev  Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

“I am embarrassed that the kids go to school with falling apart shoes”

No Comments 25 April 2016

“I am embarrased” she tells me “that I can’t pay for the cultural activities at school, and that the kids go to school with shoes that are falling apart.”

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General

RHR is now collecting Kimkha d’Peskha

No Comments 10 April 2016

Rabbis for Human Rights is once again collecting funds to help Jews living in poverty joyfully celebrate the Passover Seder. Please click here to make an on-line donation (be sure to designate it), or send your donation by check to “Rabbis For Human Rights; Rehov HaRehavim 9, . Jerusalem 9346209. Please click here for information about how to make a bank transfer. 

If you contact Adena Ben-Reuven at [email protected], we will be sure to properly designate your donation and can use it before it arrives.

Thank you!

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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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General, Justice in Israel

A taste of open hours at RHR’s Hadera Socio-Economic Rights Center

No Comments 20 December 2015

Open hours for the public at the Rabbis for Human Rights Socio-Economic Rights Center in Hadera are an unpredictable time;  perhaps no one will come, or perhaps there won’t even be a free moment to drink a glass of water. When there are no people, we try not to let ourselves get too deeply into something from which it might be hard to tear ourselves away, in case someone should come in.  On some of the days we hold open hours, we only have one staff member is present in the center, while one day a week we are all there, and another day two of us are there.   Continue Reading

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