Global Justice Chavurah

AJWS’s Global Justice Chavurah is a learning and action circle for rabbis and cantors advocating for justice and human rights in the developing world.

We may not be able to travel in this unprecedented moment—but AJWS has created a new way to connect, learn and lead. The Global Justice Chavurah is an online travel opportunity to meet activists from across the world, learn leadership skills, and take action to support human rights in the developing world.

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are offering workshops exclusively for clergy that bring together rabbinic and cantorial colleagues, AJWS staff experts, and our grantee-partners for insight into what transnational solidarity can look like. We will explore how this pandemic is exacerbating human rights challenges in the developing world and how activists are fighting for ethnic minorities and indigenous communities. We’ll learn how these activists are handling challenging economic and medical conditions, traumatized communities and autocratic leadership—and discover how these lessons can translate to our own communities.

While the global pandemic has forced us to retreat to our homes, we cannot limit our horizons. A global pandemic requires global perspective.

Register for our upcoming workshops below. New workshops will be added throughout 2020 and 2021.

Contact Joe Gindi with questions or to get involved.


The State of Violence: Activists and the Abuse of State Power
July 20, 1-2:30 p.m. EST

Join us for a conversation with AJWS Global Ambassador Ruth Messinger and Claudio Samayoa, a veteran activist on the frontlines of human rights in Guatemala.

Minority-led movement for justice. Troops in the streets. Activists criminalized on trumped up charges. What can the US learn from human rights defenders in Guatemala about fighting for structural change? How do marginalized people protect themselves and their communities from state violence? While the legacies of colonialism, slavery, and genocide manifest differently in our two countries, we have a lot to learn about law enforcement, resistance, state power and the power of protest from Latin American activists.

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Future workshops may include:

Acting with Moral Courage Workshop – with Ruth Messinger

Epidemics and Pandemics: Lessons from Ebola and AIDS

The Global Fight against Police Brutality

Living through Disaster: Lessons from Three Decades in Humanitarian Response

Authoritarianism at Home and Abroad