As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving at a time of climate crisis, I am pausing to share my gratitude to Indigenous Peoples and others around the world who live close to nature, care for the earth and battle climate change. Through my travels for AJWS, I have been fortunate to meet, break bread with and …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.
This week’s Torah portion, known by its first word “Vayyera,” or, “And (God) appeared,” is unusually rich in developing the character of our ancestors Abraham and Sarah, and the nature of our relationship with God. Early in the Torah, some 19 verses into Genesis Chapter 18, God expresses that because there is to be a …Read More
When Vaishali Sen was 9 years old, she loved to watch “Indian Idol.” Like its American counterpart, the show featured amateur singers hoping to launch their careers. Secretly, Vaishali wanted to do the same. She’d always loved to sing. But in her rural village in Rajasthan, India, good girls weren’t supposed to dream big. They …Read More
With the Jewish New Year nearly upon us, we have so much to fight for—solving the climate crisis, ending bigotry and persecution, and so much more. We also have many reasons to be hopeful and to celebrate all the progress we made in the last year. Below, you’ll find stories from around the world highlighting …Read More
Walking Together in the New Year As we join with family and friends and prepare for the Jewish New Year, let us allow the shofar to call us to unity—and to action. Let the call of the shofar remind us that we must hold fast to our Jewish values and fight for those values together, …Read More
“What makes me proud is that this win was a team effort. The world has seen now how communities can rise up and stand for what is right—to the very end,” says Omar Elmawi. Omar is the Campaign Coordinator of deCOALonize, a coalition of organizations in Kenya turning the tide on rampant industrial development in …Read More