Rabbi Arik Ascherman

Residence
Jerusalem
Place of birth
Erie, Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1959
Profession
Rabbi, human rights worker
Organization
Rabbis for Human Rights
Identity
A human being - Judaism is my bridge to reality
Languages spoken
English, Hebrew, Arabic
Date of Interview
11/2009

Interviewer
Anat Langer-Gal

"You have to have a shield of sorts. And if the shield is nonexistent or too thin, you are not going to make it, you are going to go to pieces. And if it is too thick you will lose your passion."

Rabbi Arik Ascherman is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights Israel. Rabbis for Human Rights advocates for human rights and social justice based on a humanistic interpretation of Judaism. The organization struggles against Israeli expropriation of Palestinian-owned lands, house demolitions, and settler takeovers of land, as well as advocates for social welfare rights for participants in Israel's Wisconsin Plan and others of its kind. The organization is also engaged in the struggle against discrimination of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and particularly in Sheikh Jarrah.