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  • American Jewish World Service and ending violence against women

    3 weeks ago

    As musician Craig Taubman strummed some opening chords on his guitar, the audience was quiet, still reflecting upon the words of the community leaders and activists who had spoken earlier. 

    For the first half of the performance — a rendition of Pete Seeger’s “God’s Counting on...

  • We can stop violence against women and girls today

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    March 19, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    Last weekend, as I listened to the reading of the Purim Megillah, I was struck by its theme of reversals: The pompous king who decrees that men should have authority in their homes ends up taking orders from his wife; the villain Haman is hanged on the very gallows he erected for...

  • Jewish group condemns new Ugandan anti-gay law

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2014 | 4:55 pm

    After Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill assigning a life sentence to some forms of homosexual activity, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), which has made LGBT rights its foremost issue, swiftly responded.

    “By signing this draconian bill...

  • Calendar December 7-13

    By Laura Donney

    December 5, 2013 | 10:01 am

    SAT | DEC 7

    THE KLEZMATICS

    The old country just got a little newer. Taking traditional sounds and themes and infusing them with some modern funk, the Grammy-winning band brings rhythm and timeless spirit to its audiences. With 25 years of experience and a growing fan base, the...

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  • Rabbi David Wolpe in Thailand: Have you ever seen a menorah dance?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    November 6, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    Traveling reminds us that the old is distinctive and the new melds together. I had never been to Thailand, or indeed to any country in Southeast Asia. As the bus rolled through the streets, nothing in the facade of the 7-Eleven convenience store or the crushed muddle of Bangkok...

  • AJWS president Ruth Messinger applauds Supreme Court ruling on DOMA & Prop 8

    June 26, 2013 | 9:03 am

    American Jewish World Service President Ruth Messinger released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled in two cases related to marriage equality.

    “We applaud today’s historic decisions by the Supreme Court to strike down discriminatory laws as a major victory...

  • Growing the fruits of peace in El Salvador

    July 5, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Don Israel speaks no English, and I speak almost no Spanish. But I understood him well enough to realize that, as I began to plant one of the mango trees that would be placed in his field that day,  he obviously thought I was doing it wrong. Our mutual patience eventually conquered...

  • Fishing in Africa

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 2, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    To meet Ikal Angelei in a Wilshire Boulevard coffee shop, as I did this week, is to traverse oceans and travel through deserts. Angelei is an activist from Kenya specializing in the geopolitics of water, a 32-year-old powerhouse who just won a highly prestigious Goldman Environmental...

  • The Revolutions of Chabad and AJWS!

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 4, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    This is the story of two Jewish organizations. Neither receives the proper credit they deserve for the global diaspora revolutions they are inspiring.

    Chabad-Lubavitch is politically right-wing, religiously ultra-Orthodox, and prizes Jewish ritual above all else, working to raise...

  • Clergy lobby against foreign food aid cuts

    September 14, 2011 | 11:16 am

    Jewish clergy and educators lobbied Congress to maintain food aid to foreign countries.

    The American Jewish World Service brought about 20 clergy, rabbinical students and educators to Congress on Monday to lobby against proposed budget cuts to the emergency food aid.

    Participants in the delegation had joined AJWS Rabbinical Student Delegations to developing world nations.

    The AJWS release did not say which Congress members had been lobbied. Congress is seeking to cut programs as a means of trimming the deficit.

  • Jewish group appeals to Obama on Sudan

    June 23, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    The American Jewish World Service joined an appeal to President Obama to add sanctions to the incentives he has offered Sudan’s government to comply with peace deals.

    “President Obama, When will you impose serious consequences for ethnic cleansing and mass atrocities?” said an ad...

  • American Jewish World Service moves to J Space

    By Ryan Torok

    May 10, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to developing countries, recently signed a lease for office space in Los Angeles, and on May 6, a ceremony marked the organization’s move into the office.

    At the ceremony, Ruth Messinger,...

  • AJWS joins critique of White House on Sudan vote

    April 21, 2010 | 11:38 am

    The American Jewish World Service joined other human rights groups in criticizing the Obama administration for not exacting consequences on Sudan for elections seen as flawed.

    In its statement Tuesday on this month’s Sudan elections, the White House said that “political rights and...

  • Kenya crisis puts Jews on alert

    By Jacob Berkman

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    While the Jews of Kenya seem unscathed by the country's political crisis, Jewish nongovernmental agencies that work there and elsewhere in Africa are bracing for the long-term effects of the sudden outbreak of violence.

    Interethnic violence erupted Dec. 27 after the incumbent...

  • At Save Darfur Rally: ‘Never Again, Again’

    By Rachel Silverman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Some, like Seattle resident Julie Margulies, 50, flew thousands of miles to the nation's capital to attend. Others, like high school student Adam Zuckerman, 18, from Portland, Maine, raised money to help bring friends -- both Darfuri and Jewish -- to Washington for the big day.

    ...
  • Women’s Lib Rises in Wake of Disaster

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take hold of the...

  • Pipes Bring More Than Water

    By Marit Pearlman Shapiro

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Our aging yellow school bus slowly drove up a steep mountain in a verdant forest in Honduras. I wondered why the bus driver was stopping at a seemingly random spot on the worst road I have ever seen. There were coffee and cornfields left and right. A herd of cows meandered down the...

  • A Chance to Make Poverty History

    By Ruth W. Messinger

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This weekend, as we join all Americans in proudly celebrating our independence, we also should be thinking of the 1 billion people in the world who live on $1 a day or less, most of whom lack clean water, electricity, food, education and medical care. It is our hope that in this...

  • Tikkun Olam

    By Rachel Pomerance

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When it comes to helping victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is taking the adage, "teach a man how to fish," quite literally.

    As part of its long-term relief efforts for victims of the Dec. 26 tragedy, the group is working with its...

  • Holocaust Deja Vu

    By Karen Alexander

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when Dora Apsan Sorell could have really used the $3,043 she received from the German government last summer. The check was meant to compensate Sorell for her slave labor during the Holocaust.

    But the 83-year-old Auschwitz survivor and retired doctor who lives in...

  • Continued Help Could Harm

    By Julie Wiener

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Like many other charitable groups, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is collecting money to benefit the victims of the devastating Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

    But in addition to helping those hurt by terrorism, the New York-based humanitarian...