civil rights

Diaspora Rabbis Urge Israeli Colleagues to Speak Out on Rental Ruling

12/14/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Over 750 rabbis and cantors of all denominations signed a letter urging their Israeli colleagues to speak out against a ruling by 39 municipal rabbis banning renting to non-Jews.

"The recent halakhic ruling from community rabbis in Israel that forbids leasing apartments to non-Jews has caused great shock and pain in our communities," said the letter, initiated by the New Israel Fund. "The attempt to root discriminatory policies based on religion or ethnicity in Torah is a painful distortion of our tradition."

Rabbis' Ban Of Renting To Arabs Must Be Condemned

12/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Israel is roiled once again in sad and needless moral controversy. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Safed, son of former Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu, and with the support of 49 other rabbis, has ruled that it is forbidden by Jewish law for Israeli Jews to sell land or rent property to an Arab.

Protesters in Jerusalem Rally Against Rabbinic Ruling

12/09/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Protesters rallied in Jerusalem against a rabbis' ban on renting apartments to Arabs.

About 150 demonstrators on Wednesday night took up positions across from Jerusalem's Great Synagogue to protest the rabbinic ruling, issued Tuesday by dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis.

"Racism is blasphemy" and "Rabbis' letter – public blasphemy" read the signs carried by some of the protesters.

Dozens of Israeli Rabbis Forbid Renting to Gentiles

12/07/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis have signed on to a religious ruling that forbids renting homes to gentiles, and more specifically to Arabs.

Mississippi’s Burning Questions

In “Neshoba,” Micki Dickoff paints a vivid picture of the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers, and justice still unserved.

08/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

In 1964 when she was only 17, Micki Dickoff asked her father if she could go to Mississippi to work with the volunteers  of  Freedom Summer, registering black voters. Her father, a Mississippi native, refused to allow her to go. His was the only Jewish family in a small Mississippi town, and he feared what she would find there. Not long after, his worst fears were confirmed when three of the volunteers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by local Klansmen, all of them deputy sheriffs of Neshoba County. 

After 50 years, Edward Ray Killen, a former KKK member, remains unrepentant for his role in the murder of three young activists,

Leffler: Brutality A Jewish Issue

04/02/1999
Staff Writer
The ongoing debate over police brutality, which has gripped the city like few issues in recent memory, should be a matter of serious concern to the Jewish community, says a key Jewish councilman. "We want a city that runs well, that people feel is operating in the interests of everybody," says Sheldon Leffler (D-Northern Queens). "Otherwise we have the potential for unrest, for explosion, for striking out."

One Widow To Another

02/03/2006
Staff Writer
It was one widow calling to console another. An ocean separated them, but history had linked them. After the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin in 1995, Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter to Rabinís widow, Leah, in which she expressed her condolences and pointed out that both of their husbands had fought for peace and had been killed by their own people: King by an American and Rabin by an Israeli.

Once There Was A Time

05/21/1999
Associate Editor
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