AJWS has changed the landscape of Jewish service.
Twenty-five years ago, there were few international service opportunities designed specifically for Jews with aspirations of healing the world. But AJWS has led a renaissance of Jewish service, and to date, has sent 3,400 volunteers to work with grassroots organizations fighting poverty, hunger and disease around the world. On these “service-learning” trips, AJWS volunteers have made a lasting impact: They have helped build community centers, roads and schools; conducted research; improved health and hygiene; documented and protested human rights abuses and taught essential skills. At the same time, they have engaged deeply with the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, studying AJWS’s service curriculum, Expanding the Universe of Obligation: Judaism, Justice and Global Responsibility. By learning about and contributing personally to global change, AJWS volunteers are applying the most fundamental Jewish ideals of justice.