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.

Healing Wounds of War in Sri Lanka

This month marks eight years since the end of the decades-long conflict in Sri Lanka. Although many of the physical, emotional and psychological scars left behind by the war have yet to heal, American Jewish World Service is working with local partners to ensure the rehabilitation continues as Sri Lankans take charge to rebuild their …Read More

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How the Global Gag Rule Harms Women and Girls Worldwide

Yesterday, President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson revealed their plans to implement the global gag rule, putting the health and lives of women and girls around the world at risk. In keeping with the far-right’s narrow vision of women’s rights and public health, they announced a policy titled “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” …Read More

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My Grandmother, Yiddish and May Day

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. Last year, …Read More

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