Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) is a 25 year old organization that holds the “view that as Jews, we are obligated to protest against every injustice enacted against any other person, a view based on the belief that man and women was created in God’s image.” For people interested in acting on a vision for a better world through a Jewish lens, whether religious, secular or otherwise, RHR is essential.
They are explicit and unapologetic in their demand for human rights and equality for all the peoples that call Israel and Palestine home, visitors, and those seeking asylum here. They are just as explicit and unapologetic in their view that the call for human rights is intrinsic to Judaism and imperative to true Jewish self-determination.
RHR’s work includes education as well as building in Bedouin communities in and around Jeruslem, support and guarding for agricultural work in places such as the South Hebron Hills, youth work with refugees in South Tel Aviv, and educational projects with Israeli students in pre army programs. They also help in publicizing the struggles of communities such as Al Arakib and other Bedouin communities in the Negev.
Joining tours, which happen on irregular schedules, or getting involved with projects and activism is just a matter of calling (+972.2.648.2757) or getting in contact via their website or their facebook. If you are interested in longer term projects that partner with RHR check out Operation Groundswell’s summer program and Solidarity of Nations – Achvat Amim, a 5 month program that works in partnership with RHR.