Rabbis for Human Rights

Rabbis For Human Rights Groups In Israel and North America To Separate

01/14/2013 - 19:00
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Rabbis for Human Rights in North America, which was founded a decade ago primarily to raise funds and awareness for the Israeli group of the same name, is severing its ties with the Israeli organization after years of effort by both organizations to accommodate the North American arm’s expanded domestic agenda.

Starting Jan. 15, the North American group will be known as T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and will no longer support Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel financially.

The former Rabbis for Human Rights-North America mounted a poster campaign to decry anti-Muslim prejudice. Photo courtesy T'ruah

400-plus Jewish Clergy Press Netanyahu On E1 Construction

12/17/2012 - 19:00

More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.

Nurturing Rabbis To Pursue Activism

Rabbis for Human Rights launches summer social-justice fellowship for diverse group of seminarians.
07/23/2012 - 20:00
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Knocking on strangers’ doors is never easy. That’s especially true when the knocker, a young cantor, finds her Hebrew getting tangled up with her Spanish. Which in turn makes it harder to persuade public housing residents — already weary of theft in their hallways and police at their peepholes — to open up.

Elana Rosen-Brown, a Reform rabbinical student, is spending much of her summer knocking on doors in East Harlem,michael datikash

From Egypt To Immokalee

In her bid to put the issue of modern-day slavery on the communal agenda, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster has taken the fight to Florida’s tomato-growing capital. And to her local grocery store.
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06/18/2012 - 20:00

Part of Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster’s fight against modern-day slavery is professional.

As a major goal of her work as director of North American Programs for the continent’s branch of the Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) organization, where she coordinates a national educational and lobbying effort, she is responsible for raising consciousness of the issue.

And part of her fight is personal. How she buys bananas.

In Immokalee, Fla., the country’s major tomato-growing site, the visiting rabbis meet with local workers.

Freedom For Tomato Pickers

04/09/2012 - 20:00
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Rabbi Jill Jacobs has led and participated in countless seders. Here, she toasts a first-timer, Santiago Perez, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s second annual Food and Justice Passover Seder on April 4.

Ordained by the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Jacobs is the director of Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and has helped to spread awareness about workers in Immokalee, Fla., who pick tomatoes for what activists say are unfair wages and in unsafe conditions. A tomato held pride of place on the seder plate that night.

Photo By Ron Sachs

As Israel Debates Rage, Jewish Professionals Face Employment Repercussions

04/10/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The speaker invited then uninvited. The signature on the petition removed. The activity joined, then unjoined.

The job threatened.

Rabbis and Jewish professionals increasingly are being faced with a dilemma over discussing divisive topics -- especially regarding Israel -- central to how they see their Jewish missions without losing their professional mission.

Rabbis For Human Rights Host Cordoba House Founder

At Manhattan conference, activist rabbis say too few Jews spoke up on behalf of the embattled Muslim cultural center.
12/06/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Jewish community’s role in this year’s controversy over a planned Islamic center in Lower Manhattan was alternately praised and condemned at a meeting of activist rabbis here this week.

One of the initiators of the Cordoba House thanked the Jewish community for its support, while a prominent New York rabbi argued that the Jewish community had not done enough.

“We could not have done this without your support,” Park51’s Daisy Khan told a Rabbi for Human Rights conference here this week.
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