Leah Kaplan Robins

Leah Robins

Leah Kaplan Robins is Director of Publications and Editorial Services at American Jewish World Service. She oversees the production of an array of print and online publications and develops and maintains AJWS’s editorial “voice” and brand. In her role at AJWS Leah uses stories and strategic content to inspire supporters to deepen their giving and take action as part of the organization’s campaigns and advocacy work. She also writes and edits op-eds to raise awareness about human rights issues in the Jewish and mainstream media. Leah joined AJWS in 2008, after serving as an editor, grant writer and communications associate at several New York nonprofit organizations, including the Covenant Foundation, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Leah was a Dorot Fellow and holds a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University.

Supporting Women Peacemakers in Casamance

Thirty years of armed conflict in Casamance have left many people—especially women—feeling powerless: powerless to stop the frequent deadly bursts of guerilla violence, and powerless to feed and educate their children in the midst of the chaos of conflict. But one woman, Seynabou Male Cissé, a former high school teacher, saw the potential of women …Read More

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We are, by nature, creatures of habit. We find comfort in things that are familiar, carving out routines that give our lives order. But repetition also leads to the curious subduing of awareness that we call “autopilot”—the feeling we get when we arrive at work having absolutely no recollection of the roads or steps we …Read More

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Each year when we reach Parashat Dvarim I experience a rush of exhilaration when I imagine the scene: the Israelites are gathered high on the steppes of Moab, having finally reached the end of their 40-year ordeal in the desert. As they wait for Moses to deliver his final address, they look out at the expanse below, and see the Promised Land at last. For a few moments, perhaps, their thoughts of the traumas behind them and the battles ahead are eclipsed by the simple joy that home is within their sight.

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