René Cassin is a London-based non-profit organisation that uses the historical Jewish experience and positive Jewish values to campaign and educate on universal human rights issues such as discrimination, detention and genocide.
The organisation is named in honour of Monsieur René Cassin, a French Jew and Nobel Laureate who was one of the principal co-drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Monsieur Cassin founded the Consultative Council of Jewish Organisations (‘CCJO’), which is the parent body of René Cassin. Monsieur Cassin was also the Chair/President of the UN Commission on Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Arbitration at The Hague.
Through the CCJO, René Cassin enjoys accreditation at the United Nations (UN). In fact, René Cassin is the only Jewish organisation worldwide that campaigns for universal human rights and possesses UN accreditation. The organisation uses this accreditation to give voice to Jewish values within the international human rights community.
Makom is the organizational co-sponsor of the RCFP in Israel. An initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Makom trains leaders and creates educational content to embrace the vibrant complexity of Israel, the people and the place. Non-partisan yet passionate, Makom has an expert team of educators that develop cutting-edge approaches to experiential Israel education. Makom’s mission is to realize the untapped potential of Israel and Jewish peoplehood in our lives. Makom believes that a flourishing Jewish People needs a moral conversation at its heart. Makom prizes multi-vocality, a deep encounter with Jewish civilization, and an activist orientation to address tough issues in a creative way. The partnership with RCFP is a natural extension of Makom’s work with young adults, Israel and peoplehood content, and experiential education.
UJA-Federation of New York’s Commission on the Jewish People is the lead funder for the René Cassin Fellowship Program.