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

United National Office of High Commission of Human Right’s report confirms Chinese atrocities on Uyghurs – Summary

Summary prepared by Sheldon Stone, René Cassin alumnus and Member of the Stop Uyghur Genocide UK Advisory Board On 31 August 2022, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human […]

Meet the 2020 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

Meet the 2020 fellows and read their bios here

Meet the 2019 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

We are excited to welcome our new Cohort of Fellows, read all about them here.

Meet the 2018 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

Meet our 2018 Cohort of exceptional Fellows.

Our 2017 René Cassin Fellows

This year we have six brilliant Fellows examining human rights through a Jewish lens.

Meet the 2015 René Cassin Fellows

Read the biographies of our 2015 Fellows from the UK, USA and Israel.

2014 René Cassin Fellows

Meet our 2014 Cohort of René Cassin – AJA Fellows.

‘Human writes’

“Why is genocide still happening, and what can we do to stop it?” – essay competition result

“The levers to prevent genocide are manifold. It is about time we pull them”

Why is genocide still happening, and what can we do to stop it? – ‘Human Writes’ essay competition

Judged by Lord Finkelstein. £100 prize. Deadline 9 November.

“Social media: friend or foe of human rights?” – winner of René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ essay competition announced

“… social media has an enormous potential for organising, inspiring and igniting political protest. However, authoritarian regimes have now begun to harness this potential in order to violate human rights.” Read Claudia Hyde’s winning essay in full.

René Cassin’s 2019 ‘Human Writes’ Essay Competition now open!

“Social media: friend or foe of human rights?” – deadline 11 November 2019

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 […]

Other programmes

Seeing Auschwitz: the Roles of Ordinary People in an Unfolding Genocide   

Seeing Auschwitz exhibition

Trigger Warning- this Seeing Auschwitz opinion piece contains images of genocide, which some readers may find uncomfortable viewing.  In the lead-up to Holocaust Memorial Day, with the theme for this […]

High Holy Days Resource

Our upcoming High Holy Days come at a particularly turbulent time. We have put together a resource sheet that articulates our vision for the coming Jewish year, in terms of […]

2021 – looking back at our year, and forward to the challenges ahead

Lots done in ’21, lots more to do in ’22

Human Rights Shabbat 2021 (5782): The Right to Food

Download our ‘Right to Food’ Resource Pack

New Horizons Festival of Women’s Rights

30+ free online events – 26 Nov to 6 Dec – book your places now

New Digital Toolkit: Human Rights sessions

Get campaigning! From genocide to the right to food – all in our new pack

Preventing Genocide – Human Rights Shabbat 5781 (2020) Resource Pack

For this year’s Human Rights Shabbat, we are focusing on the theme of Genocide and asking the question: ‘How can the Jewish experience and principles inform the prevention of genocide today?’

What has the Human Rights Act got to do with us?

Discover how our human rights safety net helps ordinary people in their everyday lives. Debora Singer MBE is the safeguarding human rights lead at Rene Cassin.  In this 15-minute presentation […]

René Cassin Human Rights Ambassador Programme

An enriching, leadership-orientated initiative to empower young Jewish human rights activists

René Cassin’s Women’s Seder Haggadah Companion

The 4 items on our Seder Plate: resistance, solidarity, empowerment & legacy

Human Rights Shabbat 5780 (2019)

What does a Jewish response to Hate Crime look like? René Cassin’s Human Rights Shabbat Resource Pack

Vote for Human Rights!

Key questions to put to anyone asking for your vote on 12 December

Making the Jewish Case for Human Rights in the UK

René Cassin booklet – Jews must be at the forefront of promoting universal rights

“A thoroughly enjoyable, educational and fulfilling experience”

Yoram Goodman reflects on his internship at René Cassin

The 2nd August – Roma Genocide Remembrance Day

74 years ago today, the Nazis killed 2,897 Roma men, women and children at Auschwitz

Trafficked children in UK “continue to be exploited”

On World Day against Trafficking, Ben Lewis considers children “trapped in their exploitation”.

‘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, […]

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

‘The Boy Who Changed the Law’ – Human Rights Act School Resources

A free education pack aimed at citizenship education for key stage 4 and 5

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 […]

‘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 […]