human rights

Human Rights As A Sacred Cause

09/09/2015 - 20:00

Martin Raffel makes a strong argument for why human rights should be a priority in the Jewish community in his Opinion column “Human Rights Is a Sacred Cause, Not A Pro-Israel Message,” Sept. 4. We certainly share his belief in human rights, however we are disappointed that he inaccurately described American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as having ended its advocacy on behalf of human rights. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Human Rights Is a Sacred Cause, Not A Pro-Israel Message

08/31/2015 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

Advancing human rights around the world should be consistently high on the Jewish community’s advocacy agenda. Grounded in our basic religious values and historical experiences as a persecuted people, this effort can and should be undertaken with deep conviction. I long have wanted the Jewish community to be more active and visible in this space.

Martin Raffel

UN Human Rights Report On Gaza: A Moral Travesty

07/01/2015 - 20:00

When it comes to the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council on last summer’s war in Gaza, even some Israeli journalists have commented that it is more even-handed than past reports because it looks at Hamas violations of international law as well as Israel’s.

Abraham H. Foxman

JFN Seeks Jewish Resources On Disability

The Jewish Funders Network disabilities peer network, made up of funders who are working to build more inclusive and supportive communities, is commissioning a guidebook on how to use Jewish texts to talk about disability rights and inclusion. JFN plans to distribute the guide to Jewish and international human rights communities.

Jewish Funders Network

Whose Genocide Trumps Whose?

At Canada’s new human rights museum, the Holocaust gets special treatment, and not everyone is happy about it.

09/23/2014 - 20:00

Toronto — On the fourth floor of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visitors will find a gallery called “Examining the Holocaust,” which is devoted entirely to the story and lessons of the Shoah. On the same floor, in a smaller, adjacent space, a gallery called “Breaking the Silence” examines a cluster of five genocides officially recognized by the Canadian government: the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia; the Armenian and Rwandan genocides; the Holodomor, or the starvation of millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s; and, once again, the Holocaust.

Exterior of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, which opened lat week. JTA

Israel Boycotts Scheduled U.N. Review Of Human Rights Practices

01/29/2013 - 19:00

Israel boycotted a United Nations review of its human rights practices, becoming the first country to do so.

Promoting Human Rights And Fighting Poverty

What does it mean to be a light onto the nations? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Ruth Messinger President of American Jewish World Service about her work an how AJWS is transforming communities  around the globe.

Fasting To Protest Solitary Confinement

06/17/2012 - 20:00


Today and tomorrow (June 18 and 19), I am fasting as an individual in solidarity with tens of thousands of American individuals in solitary confinement. I am also fasting in solidarity with hundreds of faith leaders across the country calling for an end of solitary confinement.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

Kissinger And Human Rights: Why Is Israel Honoring Him?

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Human rights “are the birthright of all people,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared in a speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Dec. 6, 2011. “It does not matter what country we live in, who our leaders are, or even who we are. Because we are human, we therefore have rights. And because we have rights, governments are bound to protect them.”

Celebrate Israel In Its Entirety

04/25/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week Online

For me, like for most Israelis, the two weeks between the end of Passover and Yom Haatzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day, are a time of year in which big concepts materialize in one’s daily life - our emergence as a people in the Exodus, the memory of the horrors of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, the remembrance, on Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), of the Fallen, through the celebration of the founding of the State of Israel.

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