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  • Rabbi Shulweis, Dear Friend and Advocate for the Soul

    By Beit T'shuvah

    3 days ago

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

     

    I am Addicted to Redemption in a large part because of Rabbi Harold Shulweis, z”l. Rabbi Shulweis welcomed me into his Shul knowing that I was just out of prison, an ex-con, and a recovering alcoholic. He embraced me and said that I had a place in his...

  • Ebola fears should not blind us to compassion ... or common sense

    October 23, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Along with Ebola in Africa, there’s been an outbreak of hysteria in Washington.

    “The White House should immediately ban travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to contain the spread of Ebola,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said last week. “It’s time for Washington to take action...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    July 16, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Freedom School has, in part, the Los Angeles Dodgers to thank for $30,000 it received from businessman Howard Sherwood on June 29.

    “For Thirty Home Runs in May,” read a giant replica of a check from Sherwood, awarded during the Dodgers’ Jewish Community...

  • Counting Our Blessings

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 13, 2014 | 10:41 am

    By Janice Kaminer Reznik

    It seems to me that the greatest opportunity for personal redemption is by playing a role in the redemption of others.  Never do I feel this more strongly than when I am on a Jewish World Watch mission to Darfur or Congo.  This past week we completed our...

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  • Africa…why bother?

    May 12, 2014 | 11:36 am

    As the President of Jewish World Watch, I encounter one question, again and again: why do you bother? The question can creep up slowly in conversation. Someone will remark, “Well, is there anything we can really do to help those suffering in Africa? Aren’t you just proposing band...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: What do we owe the stranger?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 9, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Thirty-six times the Torah talks about caring for the stranger,” Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis said. 

    “That is so unusual. It doesn’t talk about the love of God 36 times!” 

    A student of two of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century — Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan and Martin Buber —...

  • Slaves then, slaves now: a Passover story from Congo

    March 26, 2014 | 11:13 am

    A couple of years ago, I found myself in a gold mine in a remote town in Eastern Congo the week before Passover. It was a horrific sight to see. Young children dressed in rags stood on top of each other's shoulders, passing buckets up steep walls of dirt. They all lived under the...

  • Maya Steinberg: She has tzedakah in the bag

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    Maya Steinberg, 17, never imagined that Purses for Peace, the bat mitzvah project she started when she was 12, would be so successful.

    Yet, by reselling used handbags to raise funds for Jewish World Watch (JWW) she has raised $15,000 for the Encino-based organization. And hearing...

  • Moving and Shaking: JWW presents Survivors’ Legacy Award, TBH hosts Feed the Hungry Feast

    By Ryan Torok

    December 4, 2013 | 6:16 pm

    From left: Janice Kamenir-Reznik, JWW president and co-founder; JWW honoree Mukesh Kapila; Rabbi Harold Schulweis, JWW co-founder; and Michael Jeser, JWW executive director. Photo by  Brian Swann

    Jewish World Watch (JWW) presented its Survivors’ Legacy Award — which...

  • Repairing our broken world: Stories from the Congo

    July 3, 2013 | 10:31 am

    A mother of five was robbed and raped by a village pastor; when her husband heard of the rape he abandoned the family, as did the victim’s parents.  A nurse who works in a hospital specializing in the care of rape victims was abducted, assaulted and left for dead, probably as part...

  • A ‘walk’ to remember

    April 18, 2013 | 2:27 pm

    With African drumming and a chorus of shofars, more than 2,000 people in purple T-shirts reading “I walk to tip the scales” gathered in Pan Pacific Park on April 14 to call attention to global injustice.

    Under overcast skies, the seventh annual Walk to End Genocide raised more...

  • ‘Because You Suffer…’

    March 7, 2013 | 5:36 am

    There was a moment that took place last week in this community that, if you didn’t witness it, you need to hear about it.

    It happened Wednesday evening, Feb. 27, at a benefit for Jewish World Watch honoring outgoing Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

    About 400...

  • Global soul: Zev Yaroslavsky

    March 5, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    When Cain killed Abel, the Bible recorded it as the first murder in history.  But the rabbis commented, this is more than murder.  Abel’s murder opened the jaws of genocide. For when Cain killed Abel, it wasn’t Abel alone that died.  It was Abel’s posterity, his potential progeny ...

  • New violence in the Congo: Having a conscience means working overtime

    November 21, 2012 | 9:46 am

    With rockets raining down on Israel, it’s hard to focus on anything else. Our families, our friends, our compatriots are under attack, and our hearts ache for them. But Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, who co-founded Jewish World Watch, reminds us that the needs of our own families and...

  • New world view

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 15, 2012 | 9:11 pm

    Two years ago, Fred Kramer took a big, luxurious break from work to travel the world and find himself.

    In March, as the newly minted executive director of Jewish World Watch, he found himself locked in a jail cell with George Clooney.

    “It was quite a day,” Kramer said of the...

  • Beyond 'Kony 2012'

    By Susan Freudenheim

    March 14, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    A week ago last Monday, my daughter brought her laptop to the dinner table and insisted, “We have to watch this.” This never happens in our house. We don’t watch TV at dinner, nor does my very independent 16-year-old tend to share. But her urgency was palpable, so we let her...

  • A small voice with a big message

    December 7, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    Jacob Tragarz didn’t take the easy route when it came to his mitzvah project — he went big. The 12-year-old student decided to raise awareness about the suffering and violence in Darfur by organizing an assembly for nearly 700 of his peers at Marshall Fundamental High School, a...

  • Earth Day: Help our Planet even from your Couch! (slideshow)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 16, 2011 | 9:43 am

    April 22 is Earth Day. What will you do to celebrate our planet? With so many options out there, what will you choose?  With snowfall last month in the San Fernando Valley for the first time in nearly fifty years, major earthquakes in Japan, Christchurch, New Zealand, Santiago, Chile...

  • Janice Kamenir-Reznik’s moral imperative

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 5, 2011 | 6:56 pm

    On the morning of April 10, Janice Kamenir-Reznik will march up Topanga Canyon Boulevard holding up signs and a megaphone to lead thousands of people in chants to raise awareness of the ongoing genocides in Sudan and Congo. And while she probably won’t show it that morning,...

  • Teen’s focus on Congo begins at home

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 22, 2010 | 8:52 pm

    David Taylor doesn’t see the point in getting emotional about the evils across the globe.

    “What do I accomplish by being sad about it?” he asks.

    Rather, he looks at human rights atrocities and thinks about them methodically — where and how can he make the most impact?

    And...

  • Activists Stand Firm on Warrant for Sudan Leader

    March 18, 2009 | 4:44 am

    Hours after an international court issued a warrant for his arrest, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir kicked humanitarian aid groups out of his country. Nevertheless, Jewish activists who backed the indictment are standing behind their decision.

    The world community cannot allow...

  • Jewish Group: Long-Awaited Bashir Arrest Is a “Window of Opportunity”

    By Jay Firestone

    March 5, 2009 | 3:32 pm


    This is a statement made by Jewish World Watch president Janice Kamenir-Reznik and JWW executive director Tzivia Schwartz Getzug.

    March 4, 2009

    In an unprecedented move, judges at the International Criminal Court today issued a long-awaited arrest warrant against Sudanese...

  • Jewish World Watch discusses state of humanity; Panel explores Iranian Jewish community

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 11, 2008 | 7:21 pm

    Jewish World Watch Discusses State of Humanity, Screens Documentaries

    For every 100,000 babies born, 6,500 mothers die in the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan due to unavailable or inadequate medical care. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, violent conflicts over control of its...
  • Awakening schmawakening, Darfur’s hope is grass-roots action

    August 21, 2008 | 12:55 am

    The Great Awakening

    ALTTEXT


    Am I the only reader who finds your celebration of the Rev. Rick Warren's interviews with our presumptive presidential candidates very chilling ("The Great Awakening," Aug. 15)?

    The first nationally televised meeting of these candidates in a religious setting...

  • Exclusive VIDEO - Vigil at Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles

    By Jay Firestone

    August 7, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    One day before the scheduled opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Jewish World Watch (JWW) hosted a vigil outside the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles to urge the Chinese government to act on behalf of Darfur.

    To read my full article at JewishJournal.com, click here.

     

  • Activists champion Darfur in pre-Olympic vigil at Chinese Consulate in Koreatown [VIDEO]

    By Jay Firestone

    August 7, 2008 | 8:44 pm



    Today’s rally

    One day before the scheduled opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Jewish World Watch (JWW) hosted a vigil outside the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles to urge the Chinese government to act on behalf of Darfur.

    More than 100 members of JWW,...

  • Valley ‘Walk for Darfur’ raises $35,000

    By Julie G Fax

    June 5, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    More than 1,400 people marched up Vanowen Street and across Victory Boulevard in West Hills last Sunday to raise funds and awareness about the genocide in Darfur. The second annual three-mile Walk for Darfur raised more than $35,000 for Jewish World Watch's work in refugee support,...
  • Genocide 2.0

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    People 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...

  • Briefs: Loyola hosts Jewish Studies conference, Jews at UC Irvine say they are safe

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Loyola Hosts Jewish Studies Conference

    The Western states conference of the Association of Jewish Studies will be held April 6-7 at -- Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a Jesuit institution.

    The particular venue says a good deal about the evolution of Jewish studies from an ethnic...

  • Darfur project cooks up first for Bronfman prize

    By Tom Tugend

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The simplest innovations sometimes lead to the greatest rewards, as Rachel Andres learned this week when she was named the 2008 recipient of the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize.

    The annual prize is awarded to a person or team under 50 years of age, whose Jewish values spark...

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