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

Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

‘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 Rights Shabbat. This year nearly 40 communities celebrated Human Rights Shabbat 5778. Learning about and discussing the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK.

If you have not had time to look at the resources you can find them through this link here.

You can think about how to approach the issue for the next 12 months through our 2018 anti-slavery supporter calendar.

In the lead up to Human Rights Shabbat Chief Rabbi Mirvis wrote a moving piece in the Jewish Chronicle arguing that ‘the time to speak out and act is now.’ Read his full piece here.

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah wrote this prayer for those enslaved for her community to use on the day.

If you are thinking about how your community can get involved in 2018 on this issue then do not hesistate to get in touch with us at info@renecassin.org and we will work with you and your community.