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.


Future workshops: 

Nov 17 – Human Rights under the New Administration: A Post-Election Analysis
10am PST / 1pm EST

This year’s presidential election may be the most consequential ever — not only for life in the United States, but also for our country’s standing as a force for democracy and human rights around the world. Join AJWS’s Director of US Advocacy and AJWS policy advisors for a post-election analysis about what the election outcome means for global human rights and the international standing of the United States.

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Jan 20 – L’dor Vador: Empowering the next generation of women – Female Leadership in Uganda
10am PST / 1pm EST

We know that cases of gender-based violence are on the rise in the US and across the globe, as people retreat to their homes to stop the spread of COVID-19 . The leaders of MEMPROW —Mentoring and Empowerment Programme for Young Women — address the root causes of gender-based violence and early and child marriage in Uganda. The organization’s activists and organizers work to empower, mentor and give a voice to girls and young women. The organization equips them with the tools and opportunities to advocate for their rights while addressing the underlying causes of gender inequality. In this workshop you will have an opportunity to speak with MEMPROW leaders about fostering inter-generational feminist leadership, addressing entrenched patriarchal culture, and placing women at the center of responses to COVID-19.

Feb 17 – Human Rights and Civil Rights – Is American racism a human rights violation?
10am PST / 1pm EST

Across the globe, members of ethnic and racial minority groups fight for equal protection and opportunity under the banner of human rights. But in the United States, racial justice issues are often perceived as a matter of civil rights. Building on the work of deBois, King and others, the Movement for Black Lives has articulated demands for economic justice and the ability to live with dignity. These demands encompass the full sweep of human rights, and link demands for justice with international rights claims. In this workshop, we will explore how struggles for human rights can bolster the fight for racial justice in the US, and how our understanding of these issues in the US might offer insights into human rights struggles abroad.


Past workshops:

The State of Violence: Activists and the Abuse of State Power

A conversation with AJWS Global Ambassador Ruth Messinger and Claudia 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.

Acting with Moral Courage: A Two-Part Series
Part 1: Stories of Moral Courage from the Global South

Part 2: Clergy Leadership Workshop

The ability to act on your values in the face of risk — that’s ‘moral courage.’ It is a key leadership capacity in moments of challenge, exactly like the one we are facing right now. In this two-part series, join us to explore AJWS’s model of moral courage with our Global Ambassador Ruth Messinger, learn from activists in the Global South about how they act with moral courage, and workshop leadership challenges you may be facing in your own synagogue or organization.

Epidemics and Pandemics: Lessons from Ebola and AIDS

While the entire world faces a pandemic in 2020, many countries in the Global South and beyond have experienced society-transforming epidemics throughout the 20th century. In this workshop, you will learn from activist leaders who shepherded their communities through the Ebola epidemic in Libera and are now playing a key role in advocating for local community involvement their country’s COVID-19 response. We’ll review lessons learned in the fight against Ebola and discuss the challenges to implementing those lessons now. You’ll gain insight into how epidemics impact those most marginalized by society and hear how activists and community leaders can support the whole community in response.