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Just Thought

Ten Lessons from the Haggadah for Jewish Activists

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. Fuel up …Read More

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Global Solidarity in the Age of Trump

“We’re worried about you,” they said. I was traveling with 14 rabbis and a cantor as part of AJWS’s Global Justice Fellowship to the Dominican Republic. In a country that is home to the largest stateless population in the Western Hemisphere, we were shocked to discover that the activists and organizers we met were concerned about us.

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Celebrating Three Grassroots Groups Fighting for Clean Water

Everyone on the planet needs clean water. But 783 million people worldwide don’t have it. People in the developing world—particularly in low-income and indigenous communities—are at heightened risk of having their water supply polluted by corporations that are constructing dams, mining for natural resources, or undertaking other megaprojects. As companies proceed with these projects, they …Read More

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Three Stories of Citizenship Struggle from the Dominican Republic

AJWS’s Global Justice Fellows—14 rabbis and a cantor from communities around the U.S.—were in Washington, D.C., last week, pressuring American officials to fight for a just resolution to the statelessness crisis in the Dominican Republic. Sparked by a 2013 court ruling that stripped citizenship from hundreds of thousands of people, the crisis has created the …Read More

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I Want You to See the World through My Eyes

Felicia Horowitz, a generous supporter of AJWS, is in Uganda for our Study Tour from February 27th through March 3rd, connecting with grassroots activists who are advancing human rights there. In her guest blog below, she reflects on her decade-long journey with AJWS and on reconnecting with the Ugandan activist who made a lasting impression …Read More

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