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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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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.

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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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.

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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

I went on a unique trip to Berlin that focused both on reconciliation after the Holocaust as well as on green technology and innovation.

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

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

it attracts the smartest, worldliest people

Ways to make it better...

a little more connection with Jewish themes

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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?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Atteded meeting with a group of German military educators and officers. As a former soldier and a jew, it was a very interesting evening to be apart of. great initiative!

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

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

proffesional. well informed.

Ways to make it better...

had more one on one time with the officers

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Participating in AJC ACCESS events has truly been a valuable experience. The events seem to be curated to touch on what I care about as an American with an interest in Jewish life, Israel, and foreign affairs. Every newsletter I receive contains at least one event I look forward to attending even if circumstances prevent me from going. Speakers tend to be experts in their field, and for anyone who is intellectually curious this provides valid answers to questions that often get spun around too many times to make sense when left up to traditional sources.

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

the prevalence of stories swirling around the media that were broken by the AJC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I've greatly enjoyed the programming and speakers organized by ACCESS. The staff does a fantastic job of conveying program content, and ensuring involvement. The events draw thoughtful attendees and inspire lively discussion. Very relevant content.

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

highly intelligent, and forward thinking.

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

As I'm a German living in New York, it is very important and meaningful for me to get connected to the Jewish community, especially of New York, and to learn more about their culture, their ideas and their concerns regarding politics. For this purpose, AJC ACCESS has always been a great and very supportive organization that offered so many opportunities to get involved into their program! There are so many amazing and terrific events and meetings, which gave me plenty of possibilities to get to know more about Jewish life! I really enjoyed every minute that I spent there! I gained rewarding experience! Simply awesome!

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

attending lots of events and meeting so many interesting and nice people!

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

absolutely nice and eloquent people!

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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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I had a wonderful AJC experience, where an activist came to speak about his work, and the importance of being involved ourselves. It was a great experience, and look forward to attending future events as well.

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

Becoming a better advocate for the issues most important to AJC

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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