Who We Are
Inspired by Judaism’s commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.
Essential Dignity of Every Human Being
In the spirit of בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים (b'tselem elohim,) that each person is made in the divine image, we recognize each human life is of equal value and we honor the inherent potential in every person and culture.
Sense of Possibility
We approach our work with vigor and courage. We welcome innovative ideas and embrace change, questioning our assumptions and "the way it's always been done." In success, we aim higher; in the face of challenges, we remain hopeful.
Partnership and Community
We are mindful of our interdependence and of the effect our actions and inactions have on one another. We build community by collaborating internally and externally, domestically and internationally. We strengthen people's ability to achieve their individual and collective goals.
Initiative and Accountability
We drive for results with purpose and urgency, and are disciplined in our thinking, analysis and use of resources. We are honest and transparent, making clear commitments to our partners, our supporters and ourselves.
We recognize our limitations as an organization and as individuals. We seek continual improvement by assessing our performance and learning from others. Conscious of our privilege and power, we accept the responsibilities of being a respectful and supportive partner to our colleagues and like-minded organizations pursuing global justice.
AJWS in Action Around the Globe
Make Our Food Aid Dollars Count!
Join us in calling on Congress to strengthen long-term food security by reforming our international food aid programs.