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Malka Friedman-Rosner


Five Ways Harvey Milk Inspires My Work For Social Justice

It is difficult to imagine the contours of my life without the influence of one of my heroes: Harvey Milk, a social justice giant and the first openly gay elected official in California. I immigrated to the United States from South Africa in 1977, one year before Harvey’s assassination. As a young Jew who was …Read More

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The Rohingya’s hope for justice lies with the ICC

When I visited Bangladesh a few weeks ago, I heard heart-wrenching stories from some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people who have fled atrocities in Myanmar. I met women who had been raped by soldiers, children who had seen their parents shot dead before their very eyes, and families who had lost everything. …Read More

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Q&A: AJWS CEO on supporting human rights defenders in a hostile climate

As the stakes become ever higher for global human rights defenders, the international organizations supporting them feel the strain of protracted conflicts, impunity, and funding shortages. An estimated 197 land and environmental human rights defenders were killed in 2017 — and this number likely falls short, according to Robert Bank, chief executive officer of the …Read More

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On Global Jewish Responsibility

The commandment most repeated in the Torah is to care for the other and the stranger. What exactly does this mean today when we know so much about the state of the world and how many are in need? It can feel overwhelming. It is understandable when people say their obligation is to care for …Read More

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Yes, Think Globally and Fund Locally. But Here’s How To Do It Better

Black Lives Matter. #MeToo. Students protesting gun violence. At times, a grassroots movement spreads like wildfire, and well-targeted funding looks like a good way to add fuel to the flames. But funding thrown blindly can harm rather than help. So how do you fund the grassroots well? For many funders, including those internationally focused, this …Read More

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Remembering the Stranger: Brad Sugar is the Chicago director of AJWS, a Jewish organization dedicated to helping non-Jews in need the world over

It was his own personal evolution that has led Brad Sugar to expand his horizons to include the entire world rather than just the Jewish world. Skokie native Sugar’s own enlightenment enables him to care about, and corral others to do the same, about people under dire stress halfway around the world in Myanmar (Burma) …Read More

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My trip to India was another reminder of our sacred duty to others

Just a few weeks ago, I returned from a unique experience in India, meeting with American Jewish World Service grantees in and around Hyderabad and Bangalore. I. Dedicated to ending poverty and promoting human rights in the developing world, the organization has a special focus on working to advance the rights of women and girls, …Read More

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