AJWS in Chicago

AJWS Chicago is a hub for Chicagoans who want to build a better world. We come together for philanthropy, activism and community events to help end poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. Together, we’re bridging the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

As philanthropists, we support 450 grassroots organizations that use AJWS’s funding to effect change in their communities, their countries, and around the world.

As activists, we think globally and act locally. Supporters of AJWS’s mission are working to stop violence against women, girls and LGBT people; enable indigenous communities to protect the land, water and natural resources they need to survive; and help vulnerable communities recover from civil wars and ethnic persecution.

As a community, we come together to connect with like-minded people committed to global justice. We put our hearts, minds, resources, and influence together to bring about the change we want to see in the world.

We are all united by a desire to put Jewish values into action to help mend our broken world.

Latest Updates from Chicago

Read about the latest AJWS happenings in our city!

Remembering the Stranger: Brad Sugar is the Chicago director of AJWS, a Jewish organization dedicated to helping non-Jews in need the world over

It was his own personal evolution that has led Brad Sugar to expand his horizons to include the entire world rather than just the Jewish world. Skokie native Sugar’s own enlightenment enables him to care about, and corral others to do the same, about people under dire stress halfway around the world in Myanmar (Burma) …Read More

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American Jewish World Service Names Brad Sugar Director for the Midwest Region

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has appointed Brad Sugar, a veteran nonprofit professional with extensive experience leading and growing institutions, as its Director for the Midwest Region. Sugar comes to AJWS, the leading Jewish international human rights and development organization, from American Friends of The Hebrew University, where he previously served as Senior Development Executive. Sugar’s deep commitment to Jewish values and his familiarity with Jewish communities in the region make him a valuable addition to AJWS’s leadership team.

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AJWS Chicago: What’s Happening

These days, it often feels like we live in a broken and breaking world. Devastating stories continue to top the headlines: terrorism, racism, war, violence and economic injustice. And we know that there are countless other brutalities that never even make it into the news.

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