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March 2015 elections: Questionnaire for political candidates

No Comments 08 March 2015

As elections draw closer, we have been pleased to note that there has been a great deal of discussion regarding  public housing and other socioeconomic justice issues. However, we in RHR are asking all of Israel’s parties to tell voters what their positions are on some of the other issues we work on, such as Palestinian human rights, African asylum seekers and our Negev Bedouin citizens.  The questionnaire can be read below. Since we have limited ourselves to issues we deal with, it is by no means exhaustive even for Israel Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, March 2015 Elections

From El Arakib to Beit Shean: Standing Idly by while the powerless are oppressed

No Comments 26 February 2015

As Israel prepares to go to the voting booth on March 17th 2015, RHR is running a series of features encouraging citizens to vote and reminding them  to bring the values of human rights work and the honoring of God’s Image along with them into the voting booth. This post was originally featured on the Rabbi Ascherman’s Times of Israel blog.

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Weekly Torah portion: Miriam’s Song

No Comments 27 January 2015

In this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Miri Gold examines the bravery and natural leadership ability of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. Can modern-day Israel learn to cultivate the powerful voices of women as the children of Israel once did? Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Press Releases

This Wednesday, Tell the government: Stop neglecting poverty

No Comments 16 November 2014

PRESS RELEASE| November 14th 2015

Please join us this Wednesday (November 19 2014) at the Knesset’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty as we demand the government stop ignoring poverty in Israel.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the Knesset

In the coming weeks the government is expected to approve the final budget for the coming year. This budget, however,  ignores more than 1.755 million people living in poverty in Israel. For these people, they will continue to live without essential rights, including the right to shelter, educational stipends,  and the right to search for employment without impediments. In a preliminary examination of the draft budget, the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty concluded that despite slogans and statements from elected officials that say otherwise, it seems the government intends to continue to neglect both the people in Israel living in poverty, as well as the problem of poverty in general that plagues our state.

On Wednesday, November 19 2014, the Knesset will mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, led by Knesset members Ilan Gilon, Orly Levy-Abekasis and Chaim Katz, in conjunction with the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty. The day will focus on the fight against poverty through the implementation  of the recommendations of the Alaluf Committee to Fight Poverty  into the upcoming budget of 2015.

As part of the day the Knesset committees will discuss the selected recommendations from the Alaluf report alongside ways to implement them immediately in the current budget. The day of discussions will be held in the main chamber of the Knesset and will address the question of how to influence the Israeli government to implement the recommendations of the Committee in the 2015 budget.

Agenda (subject to change)

09:00 Knesset committee discussions

  •  The Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection – public housing – allocation of public housing tenants apartments Sde Dov
  • The Education, Culture and Sport – application of differential budgeting in the education system and application of the Alaluf report
  •  Labor, Welfare and Health – setting a maximum threshold for the number of families treated by family social worker, increasing standards and an equitable distribution (of what….?)
  • Economic Committee – Discussion bill public housing tenant rights (information transparency in housing) of the lobby for public housing
  • Committee on the Rights of the Child – Poverty among children in Israel following the UNICEF report

14:00 Conference Centers

  • Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog
  • Eli Alaluf, chairman of the Alaluf Committee to Fight Poverty
  • National Insurance CEO, Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef

Registration required: Click here to register (limited spots available)

Facebook event listing here

Partner organizations in the community to combat poverty:

*Union of Social Workers*Anu*Prisoner Rights*Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jewry* Association for Civil Rights in Israel*Society for Patient Rights in Israel*Unit for Community Work-Bat Yam*The Israeli Center for the Promotion of Social Justice*Sikkuy*Internships for Social Change- Beersheva*Students for Social Work*Social Safety Network*Rabbis for Human Rights*Haifa Cooperative for Stopping the Cycle of Poverty*Shatil*Yes for the Elderly-Promoting Senior Rights*Activists from communities living in poverty

Justice in Israel, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Don’t let the most vulnerable of society pay for “Protective Edge”

No Comments 18 August 2014

Operation Protective Edge cost Israel 4.3 billion, while  projected total cost has been estimated at NIS 8.5 billion. Who ends up really paying the price? Whose security is neglected over the cost of national security?

Sharon GuarihnI sraelSocialTV

Sharon Guarihn: “Security is not just about national security, it’s about economic security…”

By: Rabbi Idit Lev

The Committee to Fight Poverty (Alaluf Committee) recommended allocating NIS 8 billion Shekels (about 2.3 billon USD) to go towards poverty, in particular for housing aid and increasing of social welfare. This could reduce the poverty rate by ten percent in five years. Meanwhile it seems that economic and military rehabilitation following the Protective Edge operation in Gaza will push aside implementing these recommendations. And who pays the price?  The citizens living in poverty, of course. Listen to Sharon Guarihn’s call, a citizen of Hadera with a monthly salary of 2200 Shekels (634 USD):

“Security is not just about national security, it’s about economic security, and it’s starting to be about nutritional security, basic security of kids who don’t have it; they don’t have after-school activities or a proper school to go to. How can we live like this? This is not economic welfare or security. My boy is afraid that tomorrow they’ll throw him out of his home because we can’t afford rent. Wake up people, wake up!”

Report by Israel Social TV featuring Rabbi Idit Lev and Rabbi Sigal Asher of RHR’s Rights Center in Hadera [Hebrew]

 

RHR’s response to the findings of the Alaluf Committee

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RHR’s Response to the Report Released by the Elaluf Committee for Combatting Poverty

No Comments 24 June 2014

The Knesset Committee for Combating Poverty headed by Elie Elaluf has submitted their findings and recommendations to the government. Below please find RHR’s response to their report.

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Notes from the “Outstanding Project Award” Ceremony at Yezreel Valley College

No Comments 09 June 2014

The Human Services Department’s end-of-year practicum ceremony for the academic year 5774 took place Thursday, May 29 2014 (29 Nisan.) At the end of the ceremony, the outstanding projects were presented. The last, and most highly honored, project to be presented was Rabbis for Human Rights’ project, titled Empowering Beit She’an Public Housing Residents, which was facilitated by Rabbi Kobi Weiss under the management of Rabbi Arik Ascherman.

 

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Weekly parasha: In Search of Renewal

1 Comment 07 May 2014

In Parashat Behar, Rabbi Sigal Asher explains the radical idea behind the shmita, or sabbatical  year,  and wonders if it isn’t time to add a modern interpretation to the ancient agricultural practice of allowing the land to rest. Perhaps, Rabbi Asher suggests, we must also call for a rest for the modern worker–from debt, obsessive consumerism, and incessant work. Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: On returning ourselves to the sick and dying

No Comments 02 April 2014

In Biblical times, the contraction of a mysterious disease known as tzara’at could mean permanent banishment from one’s community or, in the event of recovery, a set prescription of purification and “guilt offerings” to allow for re-integration into society. Modern times call for a similar process, but in the opposite direction– a path for society to cleanse itself and return to the neglected and forgotten ill and dying.

Rabbi Professor Yehoyada Amir in Parashat Metzora on our responsibility to the sick and dying. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Press Releases

Position Paper: Unclaimed Social Benefits and Poverty

No Comments 02 February 2014

PRESS RELEASE | 29 January, 2014

Rabbis for Human Rights presented a position paper to the Elaluf Committee summarizing the key reasons that people living in poverty do not receive the benefits they deserve, such that their situations worsens.

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