|Rabbi Arik W. Ascherman is the Executive Director of the Israeli organization, Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). RHR, the only organization in Israel that is made up of rabbis from all of the denominations, serves as a rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel, giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights. They promote justice and freedom, while campaigning against discrimination and inhumane conduct. In May 2006, they received the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize. |
Rabbi Ascherman was born in the US and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He joined RHR as co-director in 1995 and became Executive Director in 1998.
Rabbi Ascherman is married to Rabbi Einat Ramon, the first Israeli born woman to ordained be as a rabbi. To date, they are Israel's only rabbinic couple.