T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights raises awareness about and advocates for the human rights of Israelis and Palestinians. We also promote and support moral Rabbinic Voices speaking out on all of the following issues:
Ending Support for Jewish Terror
In August of 2015, T'ruah filed a request to the Attorney General of New York State to investigate the American fundraising arm of Honenu and its fiscal sponsor the Central Fund of Israel materially supporting Jewish terrorists. Honenu declares its primary purpose as legal defense for Israeli Jews accused of terrorist activities. If this were Honenu's only activity, we would have no complaint. Everyone deserves a fair trial with a lawyer. But Honenu also admits to making cash payments to Israelis convicted of terrorist acts and to their families. As Rabbi Jill Jacobs said, “just as we would be furious to learn of tax-exempt money going to Hamas or ISIS, we must not allow U.S. taxpayers to subsidize money that is given strings-free to members of our own people who are accused or convicted of terror.” As rabbis and American Jews, we insist that our charitable and tax dollars be used responsibly.
Bedouin Rights Campaign
T'ruah works to end the demolition of unrecognized Bedouin villages in Israel's Negev region and to promote the provision of government infrastructure and services to Bedouin communities in Israel.
Crisis Response: African Refugees in Israel
The painful issue of African asylum-seekers in Israel has taken on a new urgency as men, women, and children are incarcerated; as Israel has begun deporting refugees to unstable regions; as politicians continue to introduce xenophobic legislation; and as rhetoric has given way to violence in Israeli communities.
Rabbinical/Cantorial Student Human Rights Program
Rabbinical and cantorial students studying in Israel have the opportunity to join T'ruah for an in-depth look at human rights issues in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Approximately once a month, field seminars take students out of the classroom to meet with the people directly affected by human rights abuses and the Israeli activists who are working as their allies.
During the violence in the summer and fall of 2014, T'ruah responded in a variety of ways--through liturgy, op-eds, and open letters from Jerusalem. View this compilation of resources.
T'ruah is a co-sponsor of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. Learn more.