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Ruth Messinger Keynote Speaker at 4th Annual Jewish Women’s Conference of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
Men, Masculinity and Child Marriage: Regional Perspectives on the Roles of Men Washington, D.C.
Girl Rising: An Evening of Film and Discussion Washington, D.C.
Bites of Jewish Justice with Rabbi Ronit Tsadok Santa Monica, CA
AJWS Applauds Appointment of Randy Berry as Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons
American Jewish World Service applauds U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for making history by appointing veteran diplomat Randy Berry as the first Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons In this newly created role, Berry will lead efforts by the U.S. government to defend the rights of LGBT people worldwide.
February 23, 2015Read More
Mexico Should Continue Investigation Into Disappearance, Possible Murder of 43 Student Activists
American Jewish World Service Calls on Mexican Government to Ensure the Safety of Mexican Human Rights Advocates
February 3, 2015Read More
Statement by Ruth Messinger on Michael Brown Ruling
"As Jewish advocates for human rights, we must stand for justice at home and around the world."
November 25, 2014Read More
One of the most complicated ethical issues in international development relates to the tension between helping and imposing. Most development organizations are outsiders—they enter a community and support its development through money, resources or plans for change. While some organizations solicit input from the communities, others do not, and there is a fine line between doing good and imposing unwanted or unhelpful solutions that undermine the autonomy and dignity of local people. This begs the question: when is international development a responsible expression of our obligation to care for our fellow human beings and when does development become an inappropriate or even ineffective imposition of Western values on other cultures?
AJWS supports more than 500 grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas that promote the rights of women, girls and LGBT people; rebuild societies torn apart by war and natural disasters; and seek to secure access to food, land and water. In the United States, we mobilize our supporters to advocate for U.S. policies that help create a just and equitable world. We are inspired by Judaism’s commitment to pursue justice and repair the world, and we believe that Jewish history teaches us to respect and fight for the rights of others. Read more or donate.
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