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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Fantastic organization, open minded people, great reach. It has been very rewarding organizing intercultural activities and outreach to embassies and international communities, as AJC is very recognized as the main Jewish organization with a tolerant mindset and a unifying message.

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

understanding between people and support to Israel

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

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

relations with other communities

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

young professionals

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

Provide more support to communities, organize more activities

Ways to make it better...

my time was not as limited and I could help more

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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2 people found this review helpful

A great group of smart, young, Jewish professionals who care about current events and policies impacting our country, religious freedom, Israel and the Jewish community. Well attended events, seminars and for those willing to get more engaged an opportunity to get to know about the great work AJC is doing nationally and internationally.

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

increasing exposure for young Jewish Americans with the diplomatic community.

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

Increase outreach to the broader Jewish community.

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

High level of discussion with smart people.

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

Interested in making the group stronger.

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

Change the world.

Ways to make it better...

More events!

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

Funding- always a challenge.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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2 people found this review helpful

ACCESS is a fabulous organization that combines substantive programming about the issues I care most about-- foreign affairs, energy independence and strengthening interfaith relations-- with a strong commitment to a secure Israel and Jewish role in international relations.

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

kind, committed, energetic and passionate.

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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2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with AJC Access for over 2 years and it is an incredible organization. I have had hands on experience dealing with issues ranging from energy security to national security to equal justice. As one example, I was able to meet and talk with the ambassadors of over 20 countries about issues affecting the Jewish community at a luncheon sponsored by the AJC. I can't think of another organization that has such an important impact on so many issues.

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

The incredible direct impact we have on important issues facing the Jewish community.

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

exceptionally knowledgeable and professional.

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

help protect the Jewish community and other minorities.

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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1 person found this review helpful

My experience with AJC professionals and volunteers has been wonderful. The content has been very accessible, relevant, and meaningful. I enjoy our partnership and look forward to future collaborations.

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

advocate on behalf of so many in need.

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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3 people found this review helpful

Had an amazing experience at Durban II. The planning and communication, coordination, and support was all first rate. ACCESS opened my eyes to a whole new world of international multilateral diplomacy and put trust in me as a delegate. This is how to build long term relationships with an organization, and how to truly build a community.

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

being part of the ACCESS delegation in Geneva last year.

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

have more casual ACCESS events.

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

the community of engaged youth they bring together and the trust they put in us to share our own voices about issues we're concerned with.

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

outstanding

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

increase engagement in all different parts of the world with social engagement that would help to change a whole cross-section of today's Jewish youth.

Ways to make it better...

I had known what was expected of me on the delegation and a way to fulfill that, but I wasn't completely sure if I was fulfilling their expectations.

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

the young community of Jews and their relationship to social justice as opposed to just a relationship to israel.

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

ACCESS needs to develop more relationships in Africa.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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3 people found this review helpful

This summer, I had a Goldman Fellowship with the AJC and learned about AJC's energy agenda. I helped to plan an event to teach people about the importance of reducing our oil-dependence and using alternative energy sources. Also, I had the opportunity to meet with dedicated and passionate AJC employees and lay leaders, politicians and diplomats, and understand the inner-workings of one of the most amazing and essential Jewish organizations in America. My work with the AJC this summer made it pretty clear to me that I want to work in the Jewish non-profit sector for a future career.

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

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

the amazing people I got to meet.

Ways to make it better...

I did not have to commute to Westchester from New York City.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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2 people found this review helpful

As high school ended, I was looking for an opportunity to experience working with an organization committed to Jewish communal service/advocacy. I was warmly welcomed by Rebecca Neuwirth and her ACCESS staff when I joined them for a month, working on reviewing AJC's high school Israel information and awareness curriculum, helping organize events, and coordinating other office-related efforts. It was wonderful and inspiring to be in an environment where so many people are accomplishing great things for the Jewish community of today and of tomorrow.

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

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

The effort to reach out and get collegiate and graduate students involved in an interracial dialogue

Ways to make it better...

There were more opportunities for high schoolers to become directly involved with the AJC.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have had an amazing experience as an Access Board Member. I have had the opportunity to engage the community of Miami and also attend some amazing events with international representation. There have also been many opportunities that I have been unable to take advantage of, including some missions to other countries regarding several different issues such as energy and immigration, that I heard were amazing. I did get to go to New Orleans for a great ACCESS conference that was very worthwhile.

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

several amazing events I have attended.

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

exposure to the community and important issues.

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

fantastic!

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

have a broader impact on the local community and provide more money for its members to travel outside of the community, including missions abroad.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have had two very positive experiences with Access. The first was an information event I attended at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The second was a conference held in New Orleans in January 2009. On both occasions I have found the events to be well organized, informative and empowering.

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

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

meeting many different kinds of people.

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

very helpful and friendly

Ways to make it better...

There had been a more structured work project on my trip to New Orleans.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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