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Alana Harper


Ruth Messinger with Jesse Jackson

Ruth Messinger on Civil Rights

As is true for many in my generation, the civil rights movement was a formative part of my Jewish and American identities. In 1965, my mother Marjorie Wyler participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery, as did her colleague Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel—an iconic Jewish thinker who marched arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King, Jr. and who likened civil rights activism to “praying with my feet.”

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Ruth Messinger on Darfur

As the President of American Jewish World Service, I went to Sudan and Chad. I met a woman there who had fled her home with newborn twins after her uncle and brother were murdered in front of her. I met a teacher who led his students and their families through the desert and across the border, seeking refuge from destruction.

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Ruth Messinger on Disaster Relief

Ruth Messinger on Disaster Relief

“Who is wise? One who learns from all people.” So teaches a passage in Pirkei Avot, an ancient collection of Jewish texts. I’m reminded of this insight’s relevance today when I see how governments and international organizations are responding to disasters—those that strike thousands of miles away and those that hit close to home in New York City.

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Ending Child Marriage Animation

Girls Build a Better Future in India

Watch our new animated video about AJWS’s work to end child marriage in India. AJWS supports efforts to end child marriage by bringing girls and young women together to define their own futures. Together we’re supporting girls in India to live with the dignity, safety and independence they deserve. Learn more about AJWS’s work to …Read More

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American Jewish World Service joins the World Bank and more than 30 faith-based organizations to end extreme poverty by 2030

New York, NY – American Jewish World Service (AJWS) announced today it is joining the World Bank Group and leaders from more than 30 faith-based organizations to launch a major global campaign, #faith2endpoverty. The initiative was officially launched at a teleconference media briefing on Thursday, April 9. AJWS, which works to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world, is the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization.

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