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  

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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