Robert Bank

This collection includes a selection of writings and videos about Robert Bank to showcase his insights and perspectives about global justice, human rights, Jewish values and much more.

Get to Know Our President & CEO on the “It’s Who You Know” Podcast

We’re thrilled that Michelle Malkin chose to interview Robert for her podcast, “It’s Who You…

My Social Justice Heroes: Why I support courageous human rights defenders around the world

Over and over in my travels throughout the 19 countries where AJWS works in Africa,…

The Four Principles of Venture Funding

An entrepreneur is a person with an idea, whether that idea launches a tech startup…

Defending Human Rights in the Age of Trump

Tragically, the Trump administration is encouraging authoritarian leaders around the world to indulge their baser…

Historic Victory for LGBTI Rights in India

I am elated today because our grantee partners in India have achieved an historic victory…

Awaken! Shofars Around the World Are Calling for Justice: A High Holidays Reflection

The Torah teaches: “If you see a donkey of someone you hate struggling with its…

Heading to the Mexican Border

This week, I’m heading to the border. I’m going because this summer I’ve felt devastated…

Five Ways Harvey Milk Inspires My Work for Social Justice Today

It is difficult to imagine the contours of my life without the influence of one…

The Revolution Must Include Boys: Young Men Learn to be Allies for Gender Equality in India

Watching girls and boys, men and women, striving together for gender equality in India gave…

United, We Demand Justice for the Rohingya People

In a time marked by divisiveness and disagreement in our country and within the American…

Why I’m hopeful

As 2017 draws to a close, I know how easy it is to feel the…

My Jewish Responsibility to Help the Rohingya People

I have been haunted for weeks by a photo of a Rohingya woman mourning her…

My Summer Reading (and Listening) Diet

One of the things I love most about summer is the opportunity to dive into…

Charlottesville On My Mind

“There is no future without a past.” Crafted by American novelist and poet Siri Hustvedt,…

In Every Generation, Change is Possible

As Passover approaches, I am contemplating the ancient Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom and thinking about the journeys that lie ahead of us...

In the age of Trump, our work is more important than ever

My world is abuzz. I know yours is, too. Like millions of other Americans, I…

Different is not dangerous

When Donald Trump, Jr. callously compared Syrian refugees to poisoned pieces of Skittles, he further…

What I am Learning about Climate Justice from Activists in Burma, Guatemala and Mexico

Earlier this year, we heard that our long-time grantee Berta Cáceres, an indigenous Honduran environmental…

Mazel Tov to our new President and CEO, Robert Bank!

We are wishing a special Mazel Tov to Robert Bank, who officially assumed the role…

Bio of Robert Bank

Robert Bank, currently the executive vice president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), will be…

For LGBT Pride, I’m Fighting for a Human Rights Movement for Everyone

This past weekend, I marched with AJWS staff and supporters in New York City’s Pride…

Robert Asks Supporters “What’s Jewish about AJWS?”

As Jewish American Heritage Month comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the achievements of American…

A Call for an Inclusive AIDS Conference

U.N. Decision to Exclude Organizations Representing Most At-Risk Populations from the U.N. AIDS Conference Is…

A Call for the Government of Myanmar to Recognize the Rohingya

Rights of Muslim Minority Won’t Be Honored if its Existence is Denied Statement by Robert…

Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Being a Jewish advocate for human rights is especially poignant for me on April 19th,…

Interview with Robert Bank and Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger was one of New York City’s most prominent politicians in the 1980s and…

Demanding Justice for Assassinated Human Rights Activists in Honduras

In Honduras, ongoing violence and repression have reached new heights with two murders in two…

AJWS Commends State Department Release of United States Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls

American Jewish World Service, the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization, commends the…

A new leader to take over AJWS global activities

After 17 fruitful years serving as president of American Jewish World Service, Ruth Messinger will…

AJWS Mourns the Death of Murdered Honduran Human Rights Activist Berta Cáceres

American Jewish World Service mourns the tragic loss of Berta Cáceres, a veteran human rights…

Robert’s Reflections on Cambodia

“Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.”…

#InequalityIs: A Video Message from AJWS Future President Robert Bank

Taking Up The Torch At AJWS

American Jewish World Service, the 30-year-old nonprofit organization that supports human rights and anti-poverty activism…

With marriage equality won, it’s time to turn to LGBT rights abroad

Back in New York City in the 1980s, AIDS, death and discrimination defined my life…

Making History for LGBT People Around the World

The headlines from almost every corner of the globe in the past few weeks have…

Global Pride: Celebrating LGBT Activists Around the World

Originally published in Out Magazine. Lesbian couple Pen Nol, left, and Chhon Nhoeng, live together…

For Eddie: I Am Keeping My Promise

Twenty-two years ago, I made a promise that has shaped my life and my work…

Reflections on Food Access in India – A Podcast with Robert Bank

Today’s New York Times article about India’s “paradox of plenty” is a painful reminder that…

Supporting Gay Ugandans

“Gay and Vilified in Uganda,” by Frank Mugisha (Op-Ed, Dec. 23), reminded me that the…

Robert Bank at AJWS's 30th Anniversary Gala

“From Jewish Professional to Professional Jew”

After working for over twenty years on a variety of social justice issues in the…