The British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights (BFRHR) supports the work of Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) both ideologically and financially. BFRHR also actively supports the advocacy work of RHR and provides education for the British Jewish community regarding human rights issues arising in Israel and the West Bank.
BFRHR – like RHR in Israel – draws members from both Progressive (Liberal and Reform) as well as Masorti and Orthodox rabbis. BFRHR in fact welcomes anyone – not only rabbis – from the Jewish community who wants to help to support the work of RHR both financially but also by publicising its activities throughout the Anglo-Jewish community.
BFRHR organises visits to Israel and the Occupied Territories to see the work of RHR. Another tour for rabbis is planned for March 2014. BFRHR also arrange visits to Britain for RHR executives; including a 2012 visit of Rabbi Arik Ascherman, one of the founders of RHR, who spoke in synagogues in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester as well as meeting the rabbinical students at Leo Baeck College and representatives of the Methodist and Quaker communities. BFRHR supports RHR‘s advocacy work on behalf of the people in Israel and the West Bank who are experiencing human rights violations. Currently, BFRHR supports RHR‘s advocacy work on behalf of Israel’s Bedouin community in the Negev. In the near future, BFRHR also hopes to initiate a programme of education on Jewish ethical teachings, similar to the one run by RHR in Israel. This will be aimed both at adults and youngsters in our schools and synagogues.
To learn more about the activities of British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights please explore this website.