Tag archive for "Rabbi Arik Ascherman"

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

El Arakib destroyed for the 80th time in the middle of mediation between parties

No Comments 15 January 2015

PRESS RELEASE | JANUARY 14 2015

The Negev Coexistence Forum reports that Israeli forces entered the village of Al Arakib this morning and destroyed all present structures for the 80th time in recent years. This demolition was carried out despite the fact that a mediation process between the state and the residents of Al Arakib has been on-going for a month under the Deputy Chief Magistrate of Beersheva. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Israeli news exposes death threats received by RHR worker

No Comments 01 January 2015

Israeli Channel 2 news last night (December 31 2014) exposed recordings of racist death threats made to RHR’s Palestinian field worker, Zacharia Sada: Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Rabbis Light Hanukah Menorah in Rubble of Demolished Palestinian Home

No Comments 22 December 2014

PRESS RELEASE | DECEMBER 22 2014

Today (Tuesday 22.12) rabbis from Rabbis For Human Rights lit a Hanukah menorah in the rubble of a demolished Palestinian home as a statement of solidarity and our aspiration for peace and human rights. Like hundreds of other homes every year, this house was demolished because of a military planning system that doesn’t allow for even basic Palestinian development on lands that all acknowledge to be privately owned Palestinian lands. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories

HaArakhim Hallalu– The Values With Which We Must Light Our World

No Comments 22 December 2014

As an NGO, RHR cannot endorse any political candidate or party over another. But what we can do is remind folks who are voting to bring our values with them into the voting booth. 

In this post originally posted on his blog on The Times of Israel site, Rabbi Ascherman wonders what kind a society will we choose to be. With elections coming in March, now is the time for all of us to recommit ourselves to our Jewish values, and to ask questions of our leaders and candidates so that we may vote in a way that honors those values.

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Same story over and over: Army forces farmer to wait until the 11th hour to plow

No Comments 19 December 2014

For years settlers from the Eish Kodesh and Akhia outposts had been expanding the “red zone” where Palestinians enter their own land at their own peril. Despite this, in 2012, our legal department was able to return Fawzi Ibrahim of the Palestinian village Jalud back to most of his land. Unfortunately, the situation is still uneccessarily difficult and reminiscent of a Kafka story for Fawzi everytime he needs to access this own lands, which is at least twice a year. Continue Reading

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

On Mountains, Caves and Empowerment: Hanukah Thoughts 5775

No Comments 16 December 2014

Hanukah Thoughts 5775

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories

The question we haven’t asked about Ziad Abu Ein

No Comments 13 December 2014

On Wednesday December 10th, senior Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein died during a tree planting for International Human Rights Day in the Occupied Territories. It is currently not clear if he died from cardiac arrest brought on  by the stress of a confrontation with Israeli authorities present at the event, of if he was killed from inhaling tear gas and being struck by an Israeli soldier. Many questions surround the incident, but there is another that must also be asked:  Why where the Israeli authorities were present in the first place?   Continue Reading

General

November 2014- Rabbi Ascherman’s North America Speaking Tour Dates

1 Comment 31 October 2014

ArikTourNov2014Rabbi Ascherman, President and Senior Rabbi of RHR,  will be speaking at a number of events across the US East Coast, Midwest and Canada this November.  Check the schedule below and see if he will be in a city near you!

 

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NOTE: As  more details become available, listings will be updated. Information is subject to change, so please check back closer to any scheduled event dates.

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ArikTourNov20142See schedule as PDF

ABOUT RABBI ASCHERMAN:

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.

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PRIZES:

2005 Abraham Joshua Heschel Award of the “Jewish Peace Fellowship”
2006 Humanitarian Achievement Prize by the ” Wholistic Peace Institute”
2009 Keter Shem Tov Prize awarded by the Recontstructionist Rabbinical College
2010 Yeshayahu Liebowitz Prize awarded by “Yesh Gvul”
2011 Gandhi Peace Prize awarded by “Promoting Enduring Peace.” (Along with Rabbi Ehud Bandel on behalf of Rabbis For Human Rights)

RHR PRIZES:

1993 Speaker of the Knesset’s Prize for Contributions to Israeli Society
2006 Niwano Peace Prize

Education, General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories

International Student Programs and Study Tour Dates – 5775 (2014-2015)

2 Comments 14 October 2014

RABBINICAL, CANTORIAL, AND EDUCATION STUDENTS: Get involved and learn how Israel can truly embody  our highest Jewish values! Join us this year in any number of ways and study the profound connection between human rights and Judaism. RHR offers student tours, service opportunities, and internship possibilities in a range of areas focusing on everything from socio-economic justice in Israel and the Negev Bedouin to African asylum seekers.

NOTE: While these programs are specially geared towards international students in rabbinical, cantorial, and Jewish education fields, they are open to all.

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RHR annual Sukkot assif rukhani-spiritual harvest 5775

1 Comment 08 October 2014

Please find here RHR’s annual assif rukhani, or annual harvest, for Sukkot. The assif is a place for us to celebrate our accomplishments, both as Israelis and as an organization. We hope you will find that we really do have a lot to be proud of as Israelis, and we invite you to celebrate the many accomplishments RHR achieved this year as an organization alongside us. Chag sameach!

Etrog, silver etrog box, and lulav. PHOTO: Gilabrand CC-wikipedia

Etrog, silver etrog box, and lulav. PHOTO: Gilabrand CC-wikipedia

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