AJC ACCESS

Rating: 4.88 stars   65 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Race, Religion

Location: P.O. Box 705 New York NY 10150 USA

Mission: AJC ACCESS envisions a generation of Jews committed to building a just and secure world for our community and all people. ACCESS empowers young professionals to understand and act on critical contemporary issues and facilitates their development as leaders in and beyond the Jewish community. We reach out and facilitate meaningful interaction with diplomats, policy makers and young leaders of diverse religious and ethnic communities ACCESS is positioning itself at the cutting edge between the establishment (AJC has represented the Jewish community in domestic and international halls of power for over a century) and the dynamic grassroots.
Results: ENHANCING UNDERSTANDING OF ISRAEL: ACCESS engages the diplomatic community in major US cities and visiting opinion makers from around the world through formal meetings and informal gatherings to advocate for a better understanding of Israel and the Jewish community writ large. Programs such as our “Viewpoints on Israel” series provide ACCESS members with a serious and engaged forum to discuss the central issues and developments confronting Israel in its quest for peace. ACCESS members have represented our views at conferences and meetings in Argentina, Ethiopia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Qatar, Poland, Rwanda, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, and a trip is planned to India in 2010. BUILDING BRIDGES WITH OTHER ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS: Whether by traveling annually to New Orleans to help rebuild human connections and infrastructure post-Katrina or engaging in community service projects and dialogue locally with the Urban League Young Professionals, Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, and our counterparts in the Indian-American and Latino communities: ACCESS believes in the importance of building bridges across ethnic and religious lines to broaden our understanding of each other and to make a concrete difference in our community. As representatives of the community, we also believe it is vital to be able to articulate a point of view that resonates with a knowledge of Jewish history and thought. WATCH for ACCESS NY first fundraiser/gala with Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Dec 8 (ajc.org/accessny). PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD: ACCESS sent a 25 member delegation from across the country to the April 2009 Durban Review Conference at the United Nations in Geneva to speak up for victims of human rights abuses in places like Sri Lanka, Iran, Rwanda and Darfur – victims whose plight is all too often crowded out by the grossly disproportionate attention paid to Israel by the UN Human Rights Council.  ACCESS members conducted meetings with 15 country delegations and played a role in ensuring the anti-Semitic excesses of Durban I were not repeated. ACCESS has done programs on the Rwandan genocide and Darfur and on other areas of concern in the human rights arena. We are actively working on a program about online activists in closed regimes. ADVOCATING FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: JREC (Jewish Response to the Energy Challenge, http://www.jrec-conference.org/ ) is an ACCESS-sponsored initiative to bring together the collective intelligence, dynamism and enthusiasm of the nation’s young Jewish professionals to advocate for an energy policy that protects the environment and ultimately ends our dependence on Mideast oil. The JREC conference on November 8 will be webcast via satellite to ACCESS chapters and partners nationwide as well as in Europe and Israel. ACCESS offices have worked on energy issues through direct service, legislative advocacy and more. ACCESS is also proud to have formal partnerships with young Jewish communities around the world and works collaboratively with these groups through internet communications and knowledge sharing, and through joint trips and planning. (Partnerships with European Union of Jewish Students, Australasian Union of Jewish Students, South African Union of Jewish Students, Canadian Federation of Jewish Students.)
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5000
Geographic areas served: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

AJC ACCESS has been by far one of the greatest experiences I have had with a non-profit organization. From diplomatic trips to countries around the world, volunteering in the local community and their amazing local programming in Energy through their J-REC (Jewish Response to the Energy Challenge), Young Diplomats Program where they train future leaders to hold diplomatic meetings at Embassies and Consulates, and the Jewish Identity in the World. In the last year I have had the opportunity to meet and hear Shai Agassi talk about the future of the electric grid, meet with diplomats from Germany, Israel, and Mexico. I first got started with ACCESS a few years back via their amazing Leadership Institute. I have participated in many leadership programs and this was by far the most engaging and educational. It addressed the state of Jews throughout the world, current issues affecting Jews in different parts of the world, how to address the media about these issues, and how AJC as a whole has developed strong relationships with foreign governments and local cultural and religious organizations in order to help build stronger diplomatic and civil rights partnerships. I could go on and on and on. I will leave it at this and hope that others will check out AJC ACCESS and discover all that I have and more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the leadership skills I have developed through working with this organization and how much I have learned about diplomacy and it's daily impact.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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11 people found this review helpful

the conference was quite superb. the organisation,quality of participants,the food, everything was first rate . i felt privilkeged to be there and learn such a great deal. full credit to all who put together this outstanding conference.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as a board member and attending their functions.i have witnessed their ability to engage young adults in programs that assist the less fortunate and create an awareness of issues like climate change and carbon emissions.

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About every month

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2009-11-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Amazing organization. I go to many ACCESS events, have travelled to several international cities and attended conferences. Attended the J-REC conferecen in San Francisco this past weekend - and was blown away by people they had present and ideas for what I can do to make a difference. I met so many of the right people, thank you ACCESS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

understanding how to live as a better Jew.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting exceptional people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaged and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help empower even more people.

Ways to make it better...

ACCESS paid staff in San Francisco

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

explaining what they do in less than 2 sentences.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they can do even more great work and I look forward to staying invovled.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Love this group. They are helping the Jewish communty tackle the issues of our day. Highly recommend folks getting involved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providng me an avenue to channel my Jewish activism.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people and the ideas we work on.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and engaged.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Dig deeper into important issues of our day.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Since December, I have attended a variety of AJC ACCESS events and have found the topics and the participants to be intelligent, open-minded and curious about our world. Moreover, I have been amazed by the incredible access to significant figures, events and places that this organization has provided its young group.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

incredible access to significant figures, events and places

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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7 people found this review helpful

ACCESS offers something unique to young Jewish people in that it caters for people interested a wide range of stimulating diverse and topical issues. I personally find its programs intellectually stimulating and really appreciate the way they deal with such a diverse array of issues. I also appreciate the way access deals with issues that may be slighly controversial or beyond the scope of normal Jewish organisations as this is what engages and interests toidays young people

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

an orgnaised trip to Rwanda and numerous lectures

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

intellectual stimulation and tyopical issues

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly motivated and proffessional

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

This was an incredible experience with wonderfully talented and motivated individuals. My specific roles entailed writing briefing papers on social, political, religions and international affairs, attending conferences, planning meetings and conducting research. The access that I gained to leading academics, politicians, government officials and activists is unparalleled for a young person. The program is enriching, and it is well organized. The mentors are hands on and the other individuals in the program are top-notch. The experience is memorable and invaluable!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that we engage with leaders across the globe, building alliances, and helping to raise awareness about issues both in public and in the background.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hands on experience. I was given the opportunity to do things that were uncommon for volunteers my age.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, motivated, professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help protect Jews and other minorities everywhere, make our world a greener place, ensure Israel's safety and promote better relations between Israel and the rest of the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I joined the Russian Yound Leadership Program at the AJC in the Spring 2009 and had an amzingly enriching and inspiring experience. Each week, we have been exposed to the key challenges faced by the Jewish world and Israel today by top-high experts and much engaging speakers. It changed me views on many issues and provided me with a network of equally involved young leaders. Congratulations to the AJC for having designed and made this program possible!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My new sense of engagement and responsibility as a Jew towards the Jewish people and Israel, but also towards non-Jews. I feel that the fate of the Jewish people and Israel is also in our own hands and struggles.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Lately I haven't been so involved with AJC ACCESS because of my school schedule, but ACCESS is a great group. Unlike other nonprofits I've worked with, ACCESS is open to ideas, is forward-looking, and is proactive. For example, if a member has an idea that would further the organization or its mission, unlike other nonprofits, ACCESS is open to explore the feasibility of this member's idea and support the member in executing it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that its an inclusive organization that works to achieve its goals.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

AJC not only does great work through its international organization, but also empowers individuals to promote ideas of understanding in a variety of ways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increasing my understanding of Jews in a broad sense.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its openness and understanding of varying viewpoints.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart, considerate and understanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

promote much needed dialogue and understanding throughout the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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