Shabbat for Rohingya Rights

On the 6th night of Chanukah—Erev Shabbat, December 7th—we invite you to join American Jewish World Service, the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network* and concerned Jews across the U.S. to unite in solidarity against the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people of Burma.

In August 2017, the Burmese military launched its campaign of ethnic cleansing against this long-persecuted community, forcing more than 700,000 Rohingya women, men and children to abandon their homes and flee to refugee camps across the border in Bangladesh. Our shared history of persecution calls upon us to tell their story and work toward a just resolution to this conflict.

Join us by dedicating the 6th candle on the 6th night of Chanukah to the Rohingya people. Together, Jews will illuminate our support for the Rohingya people and share their stories for our communities to hear.

We have prepared a short reading that will make this dedication even more powerful.

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Let’s raise a united Jewish voice in support of the Rohingya people. Please fill out the form below to make your commitment to use this Chanukah reading.


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*The Jewish Rohingya Justice Network is the powerful consortium of Jewish NGOs advocating for the rights of the Rohingya. Members include: American Jewish Committee, American Jewish World Service, Anti-Defamation League, HIAS, JACOB, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish World Watch, Rabbinical Assembly, Reconstructing Judaism, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, T’ruah and The Union for Reform Judaism. Allies: Foundation for Ethic Understanding, Hebrew College, The Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, The New York Board of Rabbis, The Shalom Center and Uri L’Tzedek.