Just Thought is a series of essays from AJWS applying Jewish wisdom to the pursuit of tikkun olam today. Drawing upon Jewish history, Torah sources and the latest headlines, we plumb pressing questions about human rights and global justice from a Jewish perspective through monthly essays by noted scholars, activists and AJWS staff. You shall …Read More
The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.
“There is no future without a past.” Crafted by American novelist and poet Siri Hustvedt, these words both haunt and inspire me.
The world watches as one of the worst humanitarian crises of our times is unfolding in South Sudan and the greater Horn of Africa. But despite tremendous odds and dangers, humanitarian workers in the region are tirelessly working to help millions of people facing starvation, displacement and conflict. Today, as we mark World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to these courageous frontline responders there and around the globe.
In the next year alone, about 15 million girls will be married before they turn 18. These girls often have little say in the matter, and they face family pressure to drop out of school. In fact, that’s exactly what happened to my grandmother, Beatrice.
A year ago, I started the job of a lifetime when I became President and CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS). AJWS is an American Jewish organization that fights poverty and advances human rights in some of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the past year or so, …Read More
In our new global village, we should ask of our Jewish tradition: How has my responsibility changed? How do we apply old teachings to new circumstances?