AJWS SF is a hub for supporters throughout the Bay Area 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 San Francisco

Read about the latest AJWS happenings in our city!

Stories of Hope for the New Year

The High Holidays present us with an opportunity to pause, assess the past year, reflect and make affirmations for the year to come. This year, I’ve felt an increasing sense of urgency as civil society frays on a global scale and frustration at our lack of comprehensive action to avert a climate crisis. When my …

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Forces of Pride Worldwide

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. I love walking down Market Street in San Francisco and seeing the LGBTQI flags proudly waving. The celebration of Pride is palpable and, after a long and painful struggle, so well-deserved. But we cannot take this for granted. There are lessons to be learned and …

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What’s Keeping Us Hopeful This Winter

This past Thursday, we celebrated Valentine’s Day in the US — a simple if somewhat commercial opportunity to share our love for our partners. It’s easy to take for granted that we can express this love openly and without fear. But for same-sex couples living in one-third of the world’s countries, this is simply impossible. …

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