Dear Students, Partners and Friends,
I know that some of you are on vacation and others of you are studying for exams, and many of you are experiencing your first snow in Jerusalem. I am scheduled to return from England Friday morning, and wish I was in Jerusalem playing in the snow with my children.
Some of you may have heard that last week some 5,000 Palestinian trees were uprooted in the village of Turmosaya. This may have been retribution for the fact that RHR ensured that, despite strong protest from settlers, Fawzi Ibrahim was able to plow his nearby land with army protection the day before.
It will therefore be particularly meaningful for you and your friends to join us in a day of tree planting where trees have been uprooted on Friday, February 6th at 8:30 am, returning at 2:30 pm. We will leave from the Liberty Bell Garden parking lot.
PLEASE RESERVE A SPACE BY CONTACTING THE RHR OFFICE: 02-6482757, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can contact me with any questions at 050-5607034, email@example.com.
RHR’s Tu B’Shevat Events – February 4th
For those of you who are not in class, our big Tu B’Shvat event for Israelis will be on the actual date of Tu B’Shvat, Wednesday, February 4th. We will leave in the morning to plant trees with Palestinian farmers, plant in the Jewish Katamonim neighborhood in the afternoon, and conclude with a Tu Bshvat seder. Again, please sign up in the office.
Short clip from Israel Social TV of last year’s Tu B’Shvat planting
Additional Reminder: Student programs for the rest of the year
Friday, February 20th: Poverty in Israel
Learn about the face of Israeli poverty, its roots and causes, and what RHR is doing about it. RHR’s Socio-Economic Rights Center in Hadera
Friday, March 21st: Israel and the Negev Bedouin
RHR, with the help of the American Jewish community, has contributed to the freezing of plans to demolish tens of Bedouin villages, transfering some 40,000 citizens of Israel from their homes to crime ridden townships while dispossessing them of most of their remaining lands. Nevertheless, the threat remains. Various locations, Negev Desert
Friday, April 17th: Preparation for Yom HaAtzmaut & year summary
Has this year changed us? How do we work for a better Isael without delegitmizing Israel, or giving up on the nation? And, how do we celebrate Israel without sweeping its challenges under the rug? When we return home, how will we speak of Israel and can we remain involved? Location: TBA
Friday, May 1st: The Cave Dwellers of the South Hebron Hills
Learn about the unique culture of the Palestinian cave dwellers and find out what RHR does to protect them. South Hebron Hills
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. You MUST RSVP with our offices for all events. Please note: While these events are specially geared towards rabbinical, cantorial and education students, they are open to all.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman
Photos from last year’s Tu B’Shvat planting:
Rabbi Ascherman and RHR’s Palestinian field worker, Zakaria Sadah
Planting in Jerusalem’s low-income Katamon neighborhood