Education is a vital part of René Cassin’s mission. Our programmes on human rights and Judaism cater for many ages and experience levels, and we work with schools, community organisations and synagogues to create bespoke educational materials.

Human rights thought for the week

Human Rights Thought for the Week

Connecting each portion of the Torah to human rights

René Cassin Fellowship Programme

RCFP Trip to Budapest

Rene Cassin’s 2018 Fellowship Programme saw our fellows take to Budapest, where they explored the rising tide of nationalism consuming Hungarian political culture. The trip offered our fellows the opportunity to learn about why Hungarian society has embraced nationalism, how its ascendance has affected the country’s provision of Human Rights, and the impact on the […]

Discrimination & Hate Crime – issues uniting Jews and Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

Reflections on our 4th Fellowship Programme session from Talia Blank

Asylum, Refuge and Detention

Reflections on 3rd session of the Fellowship Programme from Samantha Lindfield

Modern slavery is insidious … in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the IT we rely on

Reflections on 2nd session of the Fellowship Programme from Bella Lever

From Magna Carta to the 2010 Equality Act – the opening session of 2018’s Fellowship Programme

Read the reflections of Fellow, Lauren Chaplin

Meet the 2018 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

Meet our 2018 Cohort of exceptional Fellows.

2018 René Cassin Fellowship Programme Applications Open

Apply today to become one of our 2018 René Cassin Fellows

Roma Fashions Shows and Inspiring Activists

Refugees, Roma and sexual minorities are under attack from Hungary’s nationalist government

Our 2017 René Cassin Fellows

Our Fellowship is in its fourth year. This year we have six brilliant Fellows examining human rights through a Jewish lens.

The René Cassin Fellowship Program – Budapest Study Tour, June 2015

“A wonderful, inspiring week” “It was really empowering”
In June 2015, René Cassin took a party of young professionals from the UK, US and Israel to learn about human rights from a Jewish perspective. Read what they did and what they thought about the trip.

2015 René Cassin Fellows

Read the biographies of our 2015 (cohort 3) Fellows – from the UK, USA and Israel

2014 RC Fellows

2014 RC Fellows

‘Human writes’

Winner announced in René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ essay competition

Joshua Rozenberg finds winning essay “… a convincing thesis and a pleasure to read”.

René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ essay competition now open!

Deadline Tuesday 8 May

Modern Slavery – ‘Human Writes’ Essay Competition now open!

***deadline – 6 Feb*** “The great human rights issue of our time”. Do you agree?

The René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ 2015 Essay Competition – results

We asked ‘Religion and human rights – compatible or conflicting?’ Danny Finkelstein, Associate Editor of The Times judged the shortlisted entries. His verdict: “These were all very good essays, a credit to their writers and to the prize.

Read the winning and shortlisted essays and what Danny says about them.

The René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ Essay Competition

“Religion and human rights – compatible or conflicting?” Every year René Cassin runs an essay competition to get people thinking about important human rights issues. This year we tackle the two concepts at the core of our organisation; religion and human rights. Do you have an interest in human rights and would like the opportunity […]

Other programmes

“When considering human rights, it is up to humans to do what’s right”

David Cohen explains how a week with René Cassin has challenged his cynicism with regards to work experience and the human rights sector as a whole.

‘With each passing day, I have been educated and empowered’ – a week at René Cassin

Georgie joined the René Cassin team for a week in July 2018. She left feeling that she’d been given the tools to engage in her own future human rights activism.

‘A pivotal moment in my life’ – a work experience student describes her week at René Cassin

She expected photocopying and making coffee; instead she got her “own personal enlightenment”

‘Why We Must All Fight Slavery’ – Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

‘It is likely that every one of us has unwittingly encountered and perhaps even benefited from modern-day slavery.’ – Chief Rabbi Mirvis On the 10th December 1948, 69 years ago, our namesake Monsieur René Cassin helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every year we mark the closest Shabbat to that day with Human […]

Human Rights Shabbat 5778 Resources

On International Human Rights Day – René Cassin shines a light on modern slavery

What have Human Rights got to do with us?

Debora Singer writes movingly about her own family history…

Sign up for Human Rights Shabbat 5778!

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

New Human Rights Act School Resources

***deadline – 6 Feb*** “The great human rights issue of our time”. Do you agree?

What do the Manifestos say about Human Rights?

The key questions to ask your candidates

Five key questions to ask your local candidates

Human Rights and the General Election

Modern Slavery – ‘Human Writes’ essay competition winners

Read the winning entries and what our judge, Joshua Rozenberg, says about them

Anti-Slavery Laws – and why they do not work

Why don’t anti-slavery laws prevent slavery?

René Cassin @Limmud #RefugeeDay

Find out about René Cassin’s refugee-themed day at Limmud Conference 2016

Our Biggest Human Rights Shabbat to Date!

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

Human Rights Shabbat 5777 Resource Pack

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

Modern Day Abrahams

We spent Shabbat at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue and gave the sermon on immigration detention. Click below to find out what the Torah portion ‘Chaye Sarah’ has to do with indefinite detention. D’var Torah – Modern Day Abrahams

‘Human Rights: Protecting. Empowering. Inspiring.’

Concentration camp with rail line

We mark International Human Rights Day 2014 by publishing ‘the Jewish case for human rights’. Read how human rights laws are vital to real people who are suffering, or have suffered, persecution and discrimination.

The ‘simplicity’ of Human Rights

By Sam Grant, René Cassin Campaigns and Programmes Officer, July 2014   “Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation.”  Mary Robinson  What is a Human Right? Briefly put, a human right is a right you have by virtue of being human. However, this […]