Tag archive for "Rabbi Arik Ascherman"

General, Occupied Territories

Settler youth charged with attacking Rabbi Ascherman gives interview on Israeli news

No Comments 30 November 2015

After his release to house arrest, the youth charged with attacking Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights gave an interview with Channel 10 news. The interview can be viewed here Continue Reading


WATCH: Rabbi Ascherman on Israeli TV on punitive home demolitions

1 Comment 20 November 2015

This week Rabbi Ascherman participated in a panel on Channel 2′s morning program on punitive demolitions of the homes of the families of terrorists. It starts at minute 30:06, and is in Hebrew.

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Surrendering to Jewish Terror: A Summary of the 2015 Olive Harvest

No Comments 19 November 2015


Rabbis For Human Rights has a message for the military authorities at the conclusion of the Olive harvest: Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Photos: Honoring our dedicated volunteers and closing the olive harvest season

No Comments 17 November 2015

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

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Rabbi Ascherman’s trial for arrest at Al Arakib protest starts tomorrow

3 Comments 09 November 2015

On Friday June 12th 2014, Rabbi Ascherman, RHR’s president and senior rabbi, along with seven residents (including two minors) of Al Arakib, were arrested during a protest over the destruction of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al Arakib. Despite protesting nonviolently, Rabbi Ascherman was beaten and punched in the jaw during the arrest. Tomorrow Rabbi Ascherman’s trial will begin for the arrest. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Suspect arrested in connection to assault of Rabbi Ascherman

No Comments 08 November 2015


Response from Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of Rabbis for Rabbis for Human Rights,  to the arrest of a suspect in his assault, announced today by the police. Continue Reading


CCAR releases statement on the attack of Rabbi Ascherman by extremist

No Comments 04 November 2015

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) has released a statement on Rabbi Ascherman’s October 23rd attack by an extremist armed with a knife, calling on the “Israeli police to revise their report [inaccurately calling the incident a "confrontation" between left and right wing activists], issuing an accurate one in its place” and demanding that “the settler who attacked Rabbi Ascherman be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Read the full statement here

RHR would like to add a few corrections to the statement:

 1. It happened underneath the outposts connected to Itamar, not Yitzhar

2. We are willing to say that he definitely was an Israeli. We are fairly sure he was a settler, but can’t be sure.

3. Rabbi Ascherman wasn’t defending people, although in the end he had to defend a journalist who was with me.

4. Rabbi Ascherman actually would have to sit down and think how many tines he has been attacked over the last decade.


Occupied Territories

Youtube baselessly removes video of Rabbi Ascherman’s attack

No Comments 02 November 2015

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


Media Summary: Rabbi Ascherman attacked by armed extremist

No Comments 30 October 2015

There has been much media coverage after Rabbi Ascherman was attacked by an armed extremist last week.  Below please find a [non-comprehensive] listing of coverage. Continue Reading


Rabbi Ascherman November Speaking Tour in North America

1 Comment 29 October 2015

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR, will be on the East Coast and in the Midwest of the United States this November. Please look below for a listing of events and locations.


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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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