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 LGBTQI+ 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!

Lessons from a hotel check-in

In June, I had a visitor come to Chicago. Brizan, one of AJWS’ remarkable grantees in Kenya, had come to share his story of perseverance—being an out member of the LGBTQ community in Kenya, despite facing almost complete intolerance from his government and church. When Brizan checked into his hotel in downtown Chicago, the receptionist …Read More

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Forces of Pride Worldwide

“Hineni.” In Hebrew, the word translates to “Here I am.” But Hineni is not just physical presence—it is a state of being. An expression of readiness combined with courage. In Jewish tradition, Hineni was uttered by our ancestors when they were called upon to act in moments of profound crisis or transformational change.

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