President and Senior Rabbi of RHR, Arik Ascherman, will be in North America this December, speaking to congregations and groups about Israel, human rights and the work of Rabbis for Human Rights. Below please find the dates and locations he will be speaking publicly. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, December 8: Congregation Bnai Shalom, 74 Eckley Ln, Walnut Creek, California. 7:30pm. Talk: ”The Israel I Cherish: Israel, Human Rights, and Judaism.”
Monday, December 9: Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley, California. 7:30-9:00pm. Talk: “The Israel I Cherish: Israel, Human Rights, and Judaism.” Event co-sponsored by the Israel Committee of Congregation Beth El, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Kehillah Community Synagogue, Temple Isaiah and Temple Sinai.
Saturday, December 14: Temple Beth Israel, 1175 East 29th Ave. and J-Street, Eugene, Oregon. 7pm.
Friday, December 20: Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd. Beachwood, Ohio. 6:15pm. Oneg Shabbat. Talk “A Rabbinic View of Human Rights in Israel.”
Sunday, December 22: Bethesda Jewish Congregation, 6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, Maryland. 2-4pm.
Rabbi Arik W. Ascherman graduated from Harvard University in 1981 and from 1981-1983 worked for Interns For Peace, a community work program in which Israeli Jews and Arabs as well as Jews from around the world, worked together to bring Israeli Jews and Arabs together in positive interaction. For most of this time Rabbi Ascherman lived in the Israeli Arab village of Tamra. He studied in the Schwartz Program for community center directors at Hebrew University while a rabbinical student, and was ordained by HUC-JIR in New York in 1989. At HUC-JIR he helped set up a student-faculty soup kitchen, and worked on issues of advocacy for the homeless. Rabbi Ascherman served as the director of Hillel at U.C. Davis from 1989-1991, as the rabbi of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond, CA from 1991-1994, Director of Congregation Mevakshei Derekh in Jerusalem from 1994-1997 and rabbi of Kibbutz Yahel from 1997-2000. While in Richmond, Rabbi Ascherman set up a homeless shelter rotating between Beth Hillel and local churches. He and his wife worked with nascent congregations as the Former Soviet Union was breaking up.
Beginning in 1995 Rabbi Ascherman served as co-director of Rabbis For Human Rights, serving as executive director from 1998-2010. He currently is President and Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Ascherman is internationally recognized as leading advocate for human rights and social justice as religious, Jewish and Zionist obligagion, and has several times stood trial for acts of civil disobedience. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his human rights work, as has Rabbis For Human Rights. He is frequently quoted in the press, is a sought after lecturer, and has contributed chapters to several books. Rabbi Ascherman is married to Dr. Einat Ramon. They have two children.