Omer: A long stretch of spring, days both full and interminable. Each night I flip a page of my Omer counter, recite the blessing and add a new day to the count. In my head, I add the extra time from the night we closed our synagogue’s physical doors, as COVID-19 began its deadly spread. …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.
Myanmar has a deadline: This Saturday, the government needs to report to the highest court of the United Nations on how it is preventing further acts of genocide against the Rohingya. Tragically, it will be kept secret from those most affected by what it has to say. I am Rohingya, part of the predominantly Muslim ethnic minority that …Read More
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, AJWS grantee-partners have shifted their work dramatically to meet the most desperate needs of their communities: food, protective equipment, life-saving information and more. Below, read how grantees in India and Mexico have adapted and evolved as COVID-19 tears through their communities. AJWS will continue to stand by all of …Read More
On the morning of March 29, 2020, the young, LGBTQI+ people living at the Children of the Sun Foundation shelter outside Kampala, Uganda were following orders. The country had just launched a strictly-enforced nationwide quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19; people were staying home, fearful of both the virus and police. For many of …Read More
While AJWS grantee partners continue to provide emergency relief including food and personal protective equipment, they are also deeply entrenched in the ongoing battle for human rights. Governments around the world are using the pandemic as cover to crackdown on the rights of vulnerable people, and AJWS grantees are on the frontlines to defend them. …Read More