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Justice in Israel

October 28: social justice lawyer Becky Cohen-Keshet in New York City

No Comments 15 October 2017

Friends in the New York City area – do not miss a chance to learn from and talk with Rabbis for Human Rights’ social justice lawyer Becky Cohen-Keshet! Ms. Cohen-Keshet will be speaking with Congregation Shaare Tzedek on October 28th (Saturday) at 12:45pm at the Franciscan Community Center (214 West 97th Street). The topic of her talk will be Making a Land of Blessings: Social Justice in Israel. For more information and to register, go here. All are welcome!

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Justice in Israel

Accepting the gratitude of others: A moment of blessing at the Hadera Justice Center

No Comments 18 September 2017

Gratitude is a basic Jewish value, and still it is not easy for us to accept it from others. This is especially true when those are individuals are those who turn to us at the Rabbis for Human Rights’ Hadera Rights Center.  When folks come and wish to thank us for the help they received navigating Israeli bureaucracy, especially those who also bring us something—we feel discomfort. How can we allow a individual who is having such a hard time spend their money on us? We did our job, and our payment is the success we achieved. Rabbi Idit Lev, the direcotor of Rabbis for Human Rights’ social justice program, explains how she learned to accept gratitude: Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Important recent successes by the Forum for Public Housing

2 Comments 13 March 2017

Over the last year, the Forum for Public Housing, a coalition of organizations of which Rabbis for Human Rights is actively involved, made a number of important successes. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Int’l Day for the Struggle Against Poverty marked at Knesset

No Comments 21 February 2017

Today Israelis marked the International Day for the Struggle Against Poverty at the Knesset in an event organised by  the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, of which Rabbis for Human Rights is an active member, and Members of Knesset from various parties including Eli Alaluf, (Kulanu), head of the Committee for Labor and Welfare; Meir Cohen (Yesh Atid), formerly the Minister of Welfare; Elon Gilon (Meretz), Abdullah Abu Marouf (Joint List – Hadash), and Akram Hasson from Kulanu. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

February 21: Knesset Day for the Struggle Against Poverty

No Comments 19 February 2017

A new study on the right to live in dignity for families of various configurations, released by Israel’s National Insurance and the first of its kind by a governmental body, will be revealed during the main event of the Knesset’s Day for the Struggle Against Poverty on February 21 2017.   In the light of this new index,  government benefits as well as minimum wage rates can be assessed. The Day for the Struggle Against Poverty is the fruit of cooperation between the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, of which Rabbis for Human Rights is an active member,  and Members of Knesset from various parties. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

How much is left after rent?

No Comments 05 February 2017

At Rabbis for Human Rights’ socio-economic rights center in Hadera, Rabbi Idit Lev sat with two different men. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories

Unbelievable! Driver’s Licenses of those who drive for a living revoked due to debts

1 Comment 29 December 2016

According to estimates, hundreds of driver’s licenses are frozen each year by the Bailiff’s Office. For many Israelis, this immediately results in their inability to earn money and pay off the debt they owe.

In a story published in Haaretz on this issue, journalist Lee Yaron interviewed Rabbis for Human Rights’ staff Rabbi Idit Lev and Rabbi Sigal Asher in response to information we acquired at our Rights Center in Hadera, where we provide assistance to economically vulnerable Israelis.

Justice in Israel

Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty responds to new report from National Insurance

No Comments 15 December 2016

A new report released today (December 15 2016) by the National Insurance on poverty in Israel showed that while the numbers of individuals living in poverty decreased, the number of families in poverty increased. The report also showed that the situation of those living in poverty deteriorated in 2015, and that there has been a significant reduction in poverty rates in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community after sustained measures were taken by the government to combat the high rates often found in that community. Below please find the response of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty , of which RHR is an active member, to the report: Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

The right of single parents to attend university & receive guaranteed minimum income

No Comments 09 November 2016

 The Knesset has enacted a law allowing single parents to pursue academic studies while receiving a guaranteed income, but government regulations are preventing the realization of this right. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Initial Progress on Recouping Bail Fees

No Comments 05 September 2016

Although there is still no explanation as to how one can recoup bail fees on the Israeli police website,  we have discovered that now there is a system for tracking the status of the bail funds paid by uncharged suspects.

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