Ex-East Bay rabbi to face Israeli court

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, a former Berkeley resident, is to appear in an Israeli court next week on charges of preventing police from doing their duties.

Now the executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights, Ascherman was the spiritual leader of Richmond’s Temple Beth Hillel before he made aliyah in 1994. Last spring, the Jerusalem resident was arrested twice for standing in front of bulldozers that were about to demolish Palestinian homes.

While Ascherman has been arrested a handful of times, this is the first time he will go to trial.