American Jewish World Service, Inc.

Rating: 4.63 stars   32 reviews

Issues: International, Religion

Location: 45 W 36th St 11th Fl New York NY 10018 USA

Mission: American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism?s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
Geographic areas served: Americas, Africa, Asia
Programs: Strategic Grant Making AJWS funds hundreds of grassroots projects throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America that promote health, education, sustainable economic development, disaster relief, and social and political change. AJWS works with women, youth, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, indigenous people, refugees and IDPs and people living with HIV/AIDS. Volunteer Service AJWS volunteer service programs are designed to increase the impact of its grant making and to create a cadre of global social justice leaders. Each year, more than 400 AJWS volunteers, ranging from high school students to retirees, travel to the developing world to work with AJWS?s project partners. Advocacy In partnership with grantees, AJWS advocates for U.S. engagement to help find peaceful and just resolutions to the world?s worst conflicts and to provide support to rebuild societies devastated by crisis. AJWS?s current advocacy work focuses on the genocide in Darfur, HIV/AIDS, debt relief, women?s rights, and universal access to education. Education AJWS seeks to make the pursuit of global justice an integral part of American Jewish identity. It brings Jewish perspectives to bear on many dimensions of global poverty through teaching and publishing materials that are true to Jewish tradition and responsive to the unique challenges of the 21st century.
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I was in the volunteer corps program for 2 months in India. AJWS did a superb job providing orientation, training, and support before, during, and after my placement in India. They found a good match for my skills and abilities and AJWS has positive relationships with NGOs who are doing transformative work in India. They spend a lot of time and energy making these placements productive for the volunteers and the NGOs.

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

that they work well with volunteers and NOGs to make real change in the developing world.

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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13 people found this review helpful

As a donor I feel that AJWS does all possible to reach out to those in the world who are in the greatest need. I had the personal experience of working with AJWS in a Walk for Darfur fund raising effort earlier this year and felt well supported and much appreciated by the organization. Their staff was available before. during and after the event and definitely made the event the success that it was.

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

Assistance with the organization and implementation of our event.

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

Professional, friendly and willing to help however necessary

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I traveled to the Yucatan on a Rabbinical School last winter with AJWS where I saw the power of a Non-Government Organization (NGO) transforming a community. Though this community only received a small grant from AJWS, they had made significant accomplishments. AJWS helped them diversify their sources of income while strengthening existing sources. In this process AJWS also helped the community implement environmental sustainability practices. Living and working with the people of this community gave me a true feeling for what they were experiencing. We also learned a astonishing amount of information about global issues, such as how foreign aid can be detrimental to those it intends to help. This trip was not just a one time event. AJWS engages you before, during, and after, strengthening your personal commitment to address global economic inequity. Sharing this experience with others has helped me create a group of friends and colleagues who are equally committed to this work.

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

the Yucatan and in my own life. The change AJWS helped effect in others' lives impacted my own.

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

help it grow so it can help more people.

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

continuing to learn and grow with others involved with AJWS.

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

Tremendous, Terrific, Caring, Knowledgable, Engaging, Wonderful. The staff is excellent. The volunteers are dedicated.

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

Empower the world to heal.

Ways to make it better...

I had done this sooner.

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

responding to all the requests for help and finding the funds to help worthwhile organizations.

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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15 people found this review helpful

All of the people with whom I have worked are professional, dedicated, smart and knowledgeable about their fields. I think the concept of people all over the world who are unlikely to have contact with Jews meeting Jews in a positive context is a beautiful and important idea. And, finally, AJWS works to empower people, not treat them as needy victims.

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

the dedication and hard work of very intelligent and caring 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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18 people found this review helpful

AJWS runs incredible programs, promoting human rights and social justice all over the world. In doing so they benefit the entire Jewish people by sharing with the rest of the world the importance of tikkun olam-- repairing the world-- to the Jewish people. I have donated money to their campaigns every year and have also participated in their Alternative Break Program to Nicaragua. They infuse the Jewish roots of helping others into hands-on service, creating Jewish leaders and individuals committed to helping make the world a better place.

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

Hearing about the grassroots projects they support in developing countries.

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

its dedication to making helping others a Jewish imperative.

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

intelligent, committed, role models who shaped my desire to work in international development.

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

enable hundreds of grassroots organizations to improve society in developing nations and make a dent in the 21st century goal of eradicating extreme poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I participated in the AJWS VS Program. It was an amazing experience. They took a lot of time to help us understand global poverty, its implications and how we can best try to fix it, and really educated our group. We also were involved in Honduran culture and took time to visit the campesinos and understand their lives and the challenges they face.

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

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

change the world!

Ways to make it better...

we had been given details about where we would be staying before leaving for the trip.

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?

2008-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I traveled as a college student on volunteer summer AJWS to Nicaragua. It was not just the summer component but incredible opportunities afterwords such as domestic year long program that was worth every moment. I recommend AJWS to EVERYONE. this was a positive life changing experience and a lifetime community of support and opportunity. everything is perfect about the program.

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

no changes needed.

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

EVERYTHING!! Absolutely EVERYTHING!

Ways to make it better...

Everything was just right.

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

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

I LOVE AJWS!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My husband and I frequently donate to AJWS because of how they touch the lives of the world's poor. My son has chosen this organization his Bar Mitzvah charity.

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

make a huge difference in helping the world's poor.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The work that AJWS does globally and nationally is phenomenal. Their philosophy of working with local grassroots organizations that are already in existence allows them to be in touch with what local communities actually need--a model other organizations should adopt. In addition, their contributions to the education and experiences of American Jews is incredible and important.

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

go a long way in solving problems in countries all over the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I discovered AJWS when my husband and I wanted to make a donation to help the tsunami victims through a Jewish agency. Since then we have traveled twice with the organization to Africa and seen first hand the amazing work they do. This positive Jewish presence in countries throughout the world makes the concept of Tikkun Olam a reality. Their work in Darfur to combat genocide, their work with HIV AIDS, their work to combat world hunger, create community, support women, etc is utterly impressive.

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

South Africa and Ghana in slums, hospitals, clinics, and schools

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

The unpretentiousness of its volunteers and staff and the amazing work they do.

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

intelligent, caring, hardworking,

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

do more to prevent the spread of HIV AIDS, promote grassroots agricultural projects, and grassroots health and educational initiatives

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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