Rabbi Arik Ascherman, director of Rabbis for Human Rights (in Israel), will be the visiting scholar at Congregation Har HaShem during the weekend of May 22nd. There will be several opportunities throughout the weekend to hear Rabbi Ascherman speak about the work he is doing with regards to human rights. Rabbi Ascherman will give a talk during Friday evening Shabbat services at Har HaShem on May 22 called “The Power of Standing up for Right: Parashat BaMidbar, Shavuot and Human Rights in Israel.” He will lead Torah Study at Har HaShem on Shabbat morning, Saturday, May 23 at 9:00 am.
Finally, he will be one of the presenters at Haver’s all-night Community Shavuot program from Saturday, May 23 – Sunday May 24 at Har HaShem, where he will give a talk entitled, “Masechet Atzmaut: What Would the Talmud Say about Human Rights?” All events are open to the community and everyone is welcome to attend. Rabbi Ascherman’s visit is sponsored, in large part, by Har HaShem’s Israel Programming Fund.
Beginning in 1995 Rabbi Ascherman served as co-director of Rabbis For Human Rights, serving as executive director from 1998-2010. He currently is President and Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Ascherman is internationally recognized as a leading advocate for human rights and social justice as a religious, Jewish and Zionist obligation, and has several times stood trial for acts of civil disobedience. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his human rights work, as has Rabbis For Human Rights.
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