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Tag: American Jewish World Service
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Jewish leaders delivered a letter to the White House urging action to allow food to reach hundreds of thousands of people facing starvation in Sudan’s border regions.
Ruth Messinger, the president of the American Jewish World Service, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, the president of the...
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.
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,...
May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pmPeople who take their Holocaust seriously have to take other people's holocausts seriously.
You can run tacky, self-aggrandizing advertisements in the Los Angeles Times for your Holocaust memorial ceremonies -- ads that feature the faces of donors and dignitaries, as if we're...
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November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pmSUNDAY, NOV. 12
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Tour of the Skirball Cultural Center
Note: Tour leaves from Westin Bonaventure and returns to the L.A. Convention Center.
Opening Plenary: "One People, One Destiny, One Great Day in November"
Greetings: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...
December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm
The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take hold of the...
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...
November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm
It was Sukkot without a lulav or etrog, but with a vibrancy and authenticity etched into our memories.
We stood on Sukkot amid the Darfur refugee camps in eastern Chad along the Sudanese border: two prominent Reform rabbis, Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and Rabbi...
September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Jews aren't among those being killed, raped and displaced in the Darfur region of Sudan, but the situation there is nonetheless a Jewish disaster.
The slogan, "never again," the redeeming lesson of the Holocaust, is turning into a farce in the African nation, as world leaders...
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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...