Rabbi Arik Ascherman is the president and senior rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), an organization that gives voice to the Jewish religious tradition of human rights for Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign workers alike. In this role Ascherman has engaged in non-violent resistance against the demolition of Palestinian homes and olive groves and the erection of a wall separating Israeli and Palestinian areas. He was the co-recipient of the 2009 Leibowitz Prize, awarded by the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, and co-recipient of the 2011 Gandhi Peace Award from US-based NGO Promoting Enduring Peace; under Ascherman's leadership RHR received the Niwano Peace Prize in 2006. The American-born Ascherman was ordained after study at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is married to Einat Ramon, the first Israeli-born woman to be ordained as a rabbi.
Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict
September 9, 2011