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Robert Bank

Robert Bank is President and CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and promote human rights in the developing world. Robert joined AJWS in 2009 as its Executive Vice President to both grow and deepen the organization’s impact in championing the rights of the world’s poorest and most oppressed people.

Historic Victory for LGBTI Rights in India

I am elated today because our grantee partners in India have achieved an historic victory for LGBTI rights. Earlier today, the Indian Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era law that criminalized consensual sex between same sex adults. As India is home to nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, this single ruling removes the threat of …Read More

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Heading to the Mexican Border

This week, I’m heading to the border. I’m going because this summer I’ve felt devastated by news of the barbaric treatment of immigrants and refugees who have crossed into our country, as I’m sure you have as well. Each painful headline has hit me hard. Day after day, I have read about children separated from …Read More

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United, We Demand Justice for the Rohingya People

In a time marked by divisiveness and disagreement in our country and within the American Jewish community, something truly momentous happened earlier this month. A diverse and influential group of Jewish organizations and leaders—spanning nearly every part of the American Jewish community—came together to make a bold statement in a united voice: Stop the massacre …Read More

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Why I’m hopeful

As 2017 draws to a close, I know how easy it is to feel the weight of despair. And yet, I’m taking time to celebrate global victories for human rights. Many of these victories haven’t made headline news, but they are making a life-saving difference for millions of people worldwide. I’m deeply proud that with …Read More

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My Jewish Responsibility to Help the Rohingya People

I have been haunted for weeks by a photo of a Rohingya woman mourning her dead baby on the shores of Bangladesh. This photo appeared in The Huffington Post in late September, and I’ve seen dozens of similarly disturbing images on the Internet every day. This mother and child were among the more than half a …Read More

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My Summer Reading (and Listening) Diet

One of the things I love most about summer is the opportunity to dive into books, articles and podcasts. Summer, after all, is supposed to be a time when things slow down a bit. Even if they don’t — and they haven’t, especially during this harrowing summer — I still love the idea of extra time for summer reading. And since …Read More

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