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A Year After the Nepal Earthquake: How a Community of Buddhist Nuns and Monks Bounced Back

Today is the first anniversary of the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in more than eight decades. The 7.8 magnitude temblor—which was followed by countless aftershocks and a second powerful 7.3 magnitude quake two weeks later—killed nearly 9,000 people, injured more than 22,000 and displaced more than 188,000 in the small South Asian nation already …Read More

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A Year After the Nepal Earthquake: How Local Organizations Supported by AJWS Are Creating Resilient Communities

AJWS is in it for the long haul in Nepal, where recovery from the April 25, 2015, earthquake has been slow, to say the least. AJWS and other international donors have collectively sent billions of dollars to the recovering country, which was already one of the poorest in the world before it hit headlines. But an unprepared and inefficient government, massive fuel shortages and political conflicts have complicated and delayed the delivery of aid and services.

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Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Being a Jewish advocate for human rights is especially poignant for me on April 19th, the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This was the largest act of Jewish resistance in the face of German-occupied Poland during World War II. The uprising began 73 years ago today when Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto decided to …Read More

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Witnessing History in Burma

We are literally witnessing history being made in Burma. I was in Burma last week with a small team—an award-winning photojournalist, a wonderful colleague from American Jewish World Service (AJWS)’s communications team, and our local consultant and our translator—to document the ongoing, hard-fought work of some of the advocates for women, ethnic minorities and human rights whom …Read More

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Honoring Liberia’s Ebola Fighters: How a Group of Imams Helped Save Their Community

The recent reports of three new Ebola cases in Liberia—including a woman who died on March 31—remind us of the difficulty of fully eradicating the virus from West Africa. They also remind us of the human impact of Ebola, which has killed over 11,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since December 2013. This photo essay offers a look at how the National Imam Council of Liberia (NICOL) mobilized imams around the country to educate Liberians about Ebola and how to protect themselves from it.

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