AJC ACCESS

Rating: 4.88 stars   65 reviews

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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  

3 people found this review helpful

ACCESS has provided me with many unique opportunities--I even traveled to the UAE for the Women as Global Leaders Conference with an ACCESS delegation where we participated in education sessions on leadership, women, interreligious efforts, etc. I've met all kinds of experts and diplomats from all over the world through ACCESS and have learned of very interesting and eye-opening perspectives from conversations with these speakers.

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

that it is an open-minded organization with volunteers, members and staff of all different ethnic, religious and social backgrounds.

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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

Recently this organization had event targeting a cross section of young professionals and diplomats relatively early on in their careers. The event was so successful that several embassies contacted AJC to continue and grow the relationship. The professional staff that aides the lay leaders in putting on such events is so sophisticated that the events are incredibly professional

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

the professional nature of the programs which lend credibility to its mission

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

unbelievably sophisticated and professional

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

make peace in the middle east

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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I have found ACCESS to be an excellent organization with innovative programs, great networking opportunities, and fun social events. I highly recommend this organization for young Jewish professionals.

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

that I have met the majority of my closest friends at AJC ACCESS and had the opportunity to meet numerous thought leaders and movers and shakers!

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

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I recently attended an ACCESS DC ifthar with a group of young Jews and Muslims. We each learned about the other's religious customs and found that we had many commonalities. The program was thoughtful, informative, and warm.

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

Its approach to diplomacy. It allows people from different backgrounds to interact naturally and for personal bonds.

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

very user-friendly, information is readily available and laid out in a way that makes sense. I like the images and the overall design, which fits really well with the AJC website. I also like the breakdown of the national and local chapters- very useful!

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

changing diplomats opinions about Jewish issues.

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

the caliber of its members, the integrity is has, and the broad yet coincise spectrum of topics it addresses, not all of which are necessarily Jewish.

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

highly intelligent, sophisticated, and well versed on current world affairs issues as well as global and local policies. Very successful, driven, and open minded.

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

enhance its activities on energy efficiency, help facilitate more groups of non Jews, change opinions from within and create more opportunities for young leaders as it has successful done over the years.

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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I have had an amazing experience with AJC ACCESS, and I feel privileged to be involved with such a meaningful and notable organization. The work is valuable, and all of us who participate are passionate about what we do. I was immediately drawn to the mission of AJC and felt a personal desire to join and help build a new chapter of ACCESS in Denver. I am a new co-chair for ACCESS Colorado and look forward to this role. Many exciting programs are underway thanks to the wonderful resources of AJC ACCESS. This year I had the honor of participating in the AJC ACCESS UN Durban Review delegation where we had a front row seat in diplomacy, attending the UN conference and key meetings with world leaders. This experience will forever influence who I am and the causes I get involved with. I am a huge advocate and supporter of AJC ACCESS and cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization!!

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

Being an AJC ACCESS delegate to the U.N. Durban Review Conference in Geneva. (April 2009)

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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3 people found this review helpful

The organization has been a wonderful resource for conencting to the Jewish community and finding opportunities to support others. Thank you.

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

every possible way.

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

increase the size.

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

everything.

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

caring.

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

take over the world.

Ways to make it better...

they proivided hot meals at meetings.

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

money.

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

they are nice people.

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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I am a French student from Sciences Po University in Paris. I spent one year at ACCESS AJC in New York as an intern. It was an extremely meaningful experience. I was able to help ACCESS in the essential work it does in diplomatic outreach, intergroup relations, and on campus.

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

working there for a year! ACCESS really succedes in its mission as it enables young professionals to get informed through conferences with professors, meetings with experts and decision makers, and to impact the American and international agenda.

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

Get access to experts and decision makers in very different fields. Taking part in community service and intergroup programs, as well as diplomatic meetings. Working on campus

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

Amazing people! So dedicated to their work and mission, and very innovative in the programs they create

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

AJC has provided Colgate University's students with a window into the important work the AJC is doing all over the world. AJC has provided our campus with expert speakers as well as assisting students in developing their own programs. Perhaps most exciting is that many of our students have traveled with the AJC to participate in high level meetings. AJC has been a wonderful addition to the offerings at Colgate.

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

seeing my students open their minds to see the world in new ways.

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 chance to learn about human rights issues all over the world.

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

warm, helpful and professional.

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

further expand it's important work.

Ways to make it better...

I was a little closer to the action in NY.

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 month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Over the last 3 years I have been active with AJC Access. I have founded and participated in several organizations since my university years. AJC by far has been the most intellectually satisfying and impactful experience for me. Their staff are phenomenally informed and remarkable organized. However, it is the general feeling of compassion and understanding that attracted me and keeps me interested in their (my) endeavors. I believe unequivicolly in their creed of buidling bridges.

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

Becoming a more informed and understanding citizen, friend, colleague, sister and daughter.

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

Do more outreach with children.

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

The level of discourse, range of topics and sincere participation from its members.

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

Open, kind, intelligent, curious and encouraging toward new and existing members.

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

Inform more people in more places of the importance of tolerance, integration and building bridges.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to attend.

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

Funding.

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

They are unlike any Jewish orginization in that I believe they succeed in their attempt to embrace all with differing points of view to show the middle path toward peaceful resolutions to conflict.

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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