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Causes: Education

Mission: Jewish World Watch works to mobilize synagogues, their schools, their members and the community to combat genocide and other egregious violations of human rights around the world through education, advocacy, and refugee relief.

Results: In just five years, we have accomplished a lot: - Educated tens of thousands of people around the country; - Successfully achieved passage of divestment legislation on city, state and federal levels; - Mobilized the community to shed a light on the conflicts through rallies, street seders and over 2,000 people at the 2009 Walk Against Genocide; - Sent an uncountable number of postcards, phone calls and text messages to Presidents Bush and Obama and other officials to push for legislation and a special envoy; - And have allocated millions of dollars to complete some life-changing projects - 46,000 solar cookers have been provided to the women to reduce dangerous firewood-collection trips outside the refugee camps. - 16,000 students in the Oure Cassoni refugee camp in Chad now have backpacks, school supplies, hygeine items and shoes. In addition, Oure Cassoni has benefitted from the building of the Dillon Henry Youth Centers where children can participate in a variety of extra-currcicular activities. - 4 medical clinics (3 in Chad and the Dillon Henry Medical Clinic in the Central African Republic) and a maternity ward have been built to aid refugees. - 16,000 hot meals have been provided to Darfuri children at the Bialik Rogosin School in Tel Aviv. - And now we are building 2 schools in the Djabal refugee camp for the 1,400 children in the area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Tens of thousands

Programs: In the eleven years since its founding, jww has made great strides in raising awareness about the ongoing genocide in sudan and atrocities in congo, activating its constituents to influence policy changes towards those crises and raise crucial funds to support survivors of genocide and mass atrocities. Domestic education, and advocacy and humanitarian strategies and accomplishments include:student activism:-rabbi harold schulweis university fellowship - operating on 7 campuses across the country. -act (activist certification & training) program - training hundreds of students each school year. ****(continued from page 2)-summer camp engagement - engaging hundreds of campers each summer. Political activism: -legislative advocacy: meetings with elected officials and training for constituents: jww has led the way in federal and state engagement on the issues of: a) sudan divestment and contract bans legislation; b) recognition of april as genocide awareness and prevention month; c) ending the use of conflict minerals from the democratic republic of congo-"hear her voice": advocacy delegation sent to learning conference in washington, d. C. Community activism and engagement: -annual "walk to end genocide": the largest anti-genocide rally nationwide-i witness award: recognizing leaders who have made important contributions to the fight against genocide-speaking engagements and outreach activities to local area schools and institutions global impact:-solar cooker project: darfuri refugee women use natural energy from the sun to cook meals without the need for long and often dangerous walks outside camps to collect firewood. -generation hope: provides 200 congolese children with tuition, education, and leadership training. -little ripples: makes available teacher training, school supplies, educational environment, and hygiene materials for 400 preschool-aged children in darfuri refugee camps. -sons of congo: creates a transformative men's movement in congo dedicated to the protection of women, the family, and the community. -tumaini project/drc: serves survivors of rape with educational and vocational training to rebuild their lives. -amani's home for pregnant teens: provides 15 teen mothers, who became pregnant as a result of rape, a place of comfort, refuge, and opportunity in the democratic republic of congo. -abfek: gives educational assistance to impoverished children in war-affected villages in the south kivu province of eastern congo. -reintegration of former child soldiers/drc: provides former child soldiers with vocational training, education, medical, and psychosocial support.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish World Watch is doing a great job educating and raising money for the public about the crisis in Sudan and Darfur. I attended their walks several times and also some meetings and functions. They have sent representatives to that region to educate the public on what is happening there. I was horrified at the brutality of the government in it's treatment especially of women. They have raised my consciousness as to the plight of these civilians.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been consistently impressed with the devotion, skill, energy and enthusiasm of Jewish World Watch, its staff, volunteers and synagogue membership. I got involved with JWW within the last year, encouraging my synagogue to join as a member organization. The staff have welcomed us and motivated us to do programming related to the humanitarian crises in Darfur and now the Congo. We have brought a JWW speaker to raise awareness about the issues among members of our congregation; joined as fundraisers for the Walk to End Genocide; shared beautifully produced brochures to educate our members during Jewish holidays and will soon welcome JWW staff to lead a workshop at our synagogue's interactive adult educational weekend. Our synagogue recognized the urgency of JWW's work to end genocide and the effectiveness of its campaigns, outreach and fundraising.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a special nonprofit. Through the work of Jewish World Watch many thousands of people have not only been educated about the atrocities taking place in Darfur and Sudan, but motivated to ACT upon that information. This organization has tirelessly worked to provide opportunities in this community to learn the facts; to raise money; to share spiritually; and to stand in solidarity with the people of Darfur. I am proud to be associated with this nonprofit. Florence Andrews, Woodland Hills, CA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children and I have taken advantage of every opportunity to engage with Jewish World Watch. From Walking in their annual Walk Against Genocide, attending rallies like the Street Seder for Darfur or having their amazing staff come speak to and work with my kids at their respective schools, Jewish World Watch has had an amazing impact on my family and our level of activism. They have shown adults and kids alike that we can have an impact, even from very far away, on the lives of others who are suffering. I am so impressed with all involved with Jewish World Watch. They are inspiring!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being involved with JWW over the past four years. The words on the our wristbands that state DO NOT STAND IDLY BY dominate the actions of the organization. It is takes us beyond our comfort zone to know the atrocities of the world and within our abilities to make a difference. Presently, JWW reaches the individuals in the Darfur region of Sudan through the solar cooker project, building wells and medical clinics, and the school backpack project. On a political level, JWW has had rallies and contact politician campaigns to bring awareness and apply pressure to bring a change. The speakers bureau has reached out to schools, camps and religious institutions to educate as many people as possible as little information is given out in the general news. Last but not least is the dedicated staff who even put themselves at risk by traveling to the regions that are supported by JWW to those suffering know that thousands of miles away they are cared about. As JWW reaches out to the Congo, while continuing the projects in Darfur, staff members are on their way to visit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with Jewish World Watch approximately one year ago through my daughter's preschool/synagogue. Since the time that I joined this dedicated organization, I have never been less than amazed at their commitment and endless effort to help victims of genocide all around the world. Everytime I go to the quarterly meetings, I am so impressed by how much progress this organization has made and how quickly they are able to implement their ideas. Once they decide to help a region or a group of suffering people, they pour their heart and soul into discovering every possible method to alleviate or end the suffering. The core group of administrators are bright, innovative, very knowlegeable and extremely dedicated to the mission of the organization. The Temples who support Jewish World Watch are equally devoted to the cause and help to generate support and funds through their congregation. Jewish World Watch has really opened my eyes to the atrocities around the world and has given me a vehicle by which I can help to end that suffering. I feel truly blessed to have become a member of this very special and world-changing organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jewish World Watch is an amazing grass roots organization that has taken our community and educated us about what parts of the world are suffering and how we can change it. While many of their worthwhile projects have been focused on Darfur, the organization has now reached into another volatile area, the Congo. Their operation is creative and their leadership is visionary. There is no other similarly focused organization who has impacted the lives of so many. You can be assured that their committtment to human rights, education and advocacy will be be sustainable well out into the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish World Watch has been in the forefront of bringing the horrors of the situation in the Sudan and Darfur into the public's awareness. JWW has touched the consciences of people who might otherwise have protected themselves from knowledge of the genocide and brutality. By coming up with simple, relatively inexpensive projects that individual donors can support, JWW has found ways to accomplish important results. These projects include building wells within the camps, solar cookers and back packs filled with school supplies. Great organization, determined to stick with the cause until positive change takes place. Gloria Waldinger, Encino, CA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although most of the events take place in the Los Angeles area, JWW has worked hard to involve Orange County Jews and non-Jews alike in the fight to both end the genocide in Darfur and support its victims. Their amazing projects (such as the solar stoves and backpacks) have been supported by people of all faiths. Last May we had our first OC March for Darfur, and we were thrilled to see 400 people, from 1 year old to 80 yrs., carrying signs and chanting. People care about the issue of genocide, and JWW gives them the chance to do something about it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a world of so many urgencies competing for attention, work, politics, personal lives, it's so easy to forget the contemporaneous occurences of extreme autrocities against populaces. Our tikun olam obligation has a guardian angel in this organization's constant vigilance, and in undertaking simple low tech ways of helping the victims (like the solar cookers project)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Jewish World Watch since it's inception and it has never strayed from its mission of helping the victims of genocide and keeping the world aware to try to stop genocides from happening. The founders and volunteers are very dedicated. They have trained speakers to spread the message. They have formed training programs for youth to encourage young people to care about the world outside of themselves. Their successes are measurable in the lives of women who have been saved from rape and starvation, with the Solar Cooker Project. Their newer projects (Greywater Use, and Backpack Projects) will continue to improve the lives and care for these victims of terrible crimes all over the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish World Watch has made a difference. It has made a difference in the lives of the people who have been involved with it in Los Angeles and particularly the San Fernando Valley. And it has made a difference for the people in the refugee camps in Chad. Raising money for the Solar Cooker Project is an inspiring example. People will give money for a specific project, and it is easy to see what a change it brings. I care personally about violence against women. Solar Cookers reduce the opportunity for that violence, as well as making it possible for women to manufacture the cookers, and train others how to use them. I feel personally committed, involved and rewarded through my work with Jewish World Watch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish World Watch is simply one of the most important organizations of our time. JWW is dedicated to eliminating genocide from the World. It's dedicated Founders and Members work tirelessly to combat genocide in Countries such as Darfur, Sudan and others across the Globe. It is imperative that this organization is funded and participated by everyone recognizing the inhumanity and human suffering affecting specific areas in the World and the realistic threat of this plague threating us all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been involved with JWW for about 5 years and till this day we are in awe of how hard their staff works and how dedicated they are to helping people. We have been very impressed over the last few years at the multitude of projects that JWW works on; the backpack project, solar cooker project, sister schools project, recycled water gardens project, the walk for Darfur, water wells and medical clinics, the Congo and of course a project they take very seriously, educating the world. We hope to be involved with helping JWW for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been active with this orgnization for about 5 years. I am consistently amazed at what such a small group is able to accomplish, the joint activities with other large international organizations, and the benefits we have been able to provide the Darfuri refugees. just the life saving from the Solar Cooker Project alone is awesome. I never pass up a chance to talk about this group and its mission and accomplishments. It is an honor to work with so many very impressive people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a synagogue liason for Jewish World Watch for the past year. My decision to align myself with this organization was inspired by their commitment to work diligently on behalf of the people of the world who are faced with injustice, intolerable oppression and genocide. The creation of the "solar cooker" program as well as the constructing of water wells, school backpacks and medical assistance has possitvely effected the lives of tens of thousands. They live each day according to there mission "DO NOT STAND IDLY BY"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish World Watch has developed numerous programs to aid the people suffering in Darfur, from the Solar Cooker Project that gave the women solar cookers so they could stay in their camps and not risk being raped when they'd go get wood for a cooking fire, to the backpack project and starting schools for the kids living in the camps,to local youth activist programs and many fundraisers such as the Walk for Darfur all over Los Angeles and nearby counties. They are now also helping the dire situation in Congo. These people are tirelesss activists who work hard and effectively to end genocide and aid the survivors in that part of the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I produced the Save Darfur Concert in Los Angeles on 9.15.09 and Ari Averbach and JWW were a class act. Ari gave me guidance and help with the planning and then was inspiring and motivational with his presence and involvement with the event. Many of the attendees to the even were excited about joining the global activist cause because of the good work that does in Chad and Darfur.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JWW is an excellent organization. They have been most cooperative in sending presenters to speak at our Temple Akiba, at our home for a Hadassah meeting, and locally for our Culver City Lions Club. The employees are so dedicated to the goals of the organization, their spirit is contagious. Certainly saving lives in Darfur with supportive self reliance projects is worth contributing to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fell into the hands Of Jewish World Watch by accident. I have now volunteered with this organization for over 3 years. Their desire to make a difference is passionate, true to their mission statement. They WILL and they ARE making a difference in Darfur and now the Congo and Burma will benefit from this amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish World Watch is truly an amazing organization. Not only are their ideas innovative but they truly are effective. All projects are huge successes. They provide a model for how to run other non-profits. They are organized, helpful, open to all ideas and all around great to be part of. I appreciate all the amazing work that they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JWW is the best! They've helped set up and continue the success of the Darfur Awareness and Activism Training club at my school. We couldn't have done it without them. JWW has the most compassionate and respectful team of workers I've ever met. They're positive attitude towards young activists is unparalleled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with JWW has been incredibly informative and life changing. When i was in middle school, they made me care about the situation in sudan, with all of their programs and advocacy groups. not only did they teach us about Darfur, but they taught us about genocide, and slavery. they intrigued me, so now i am helping the cause. i really think that they have made an impact in the community, and helped the alleviate the situation for the refugees.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every encounter with Jewish World Watch has been successful, rewarding, and pleasant. Every call I made was recieved by an eager staff member who anwsered every single question and was happy to do it. Anythign I needed, they helped me with and gave me feedback. The most importnat thing is they didn't wait for me to suddenly realize I'm capable of coming up with a project and going through with it. Instead, Ari,one of the staff members asked me if I wanted to start a project an djust liek that, it began, and escalated into plans for a full blown art show with a Darfur theme. All I can say is, without Jewish World Watch, lots of teens would be totally unaware of what is happenign in Darfur!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met such an amazing organization that places so much importance on involving students. Just yesterday I had a half hour phone conversation with a staff member who wanted to know every detail of the Genocide Awareness Week our club is planning at school. Jewish World Watch supplies kids who want to change the world with the support and tools they need to do so. Thank you Jewish World Watch!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jewish World Watch is a fantastic organization. As a high school student and president of an anti-genocide club at my school, JWW has reached out to our club to help in every way possible and to enrich the club experience for all the students at our campus. Their coordinators have always reached out to us, come out to speak, and help get our students involved in outside events as well as assist us in planning our own. JWW has put on the Darfur Walk, which was a very educational and moving event. Not being Jewish is not a problem; JWW is very accepting of all religions. This organization demonstrates that people of all backgrounds can come together to help a cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity of working with Jewish World Watch through my high school. I have been educated about injustice all over the world, and have done hands-on work to try to help stop these things from happening. I have learned how to advocate for refugee relief in Darfur, and have contributed to various projects that JWW has started to raise funds. JWW has helped me learn to be a better speaker, advocate, fundraiser and activist.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I think Jewish World Watch is the most amazing Jewish organization that I have ever had the privelege of working with. Jewish World Watch has mobilized thousands of Jews and non-Jews on a grass roots basis to take responsibility to fight against genocide and other egregious violatoins of human rights, no matter who the victims are. Since the holocaust, Jews have asked how the world could have been so silent while 6 million of our people were murdered. Given our disappointment with the world's response to Hitler's evil, we now must set the example and the standard of how decent, caring human beings should respond to evil in the world. We have raised the awareness of tens of thousands of people to the genocide in Darfur, and we have mobilized the Jewish community of Southern California to build political will against genocide. We have also provided millions of dollars of relief to the refugees in the camps. Now we are beginning to mobilize about the horrors that are taking place in Congo. This organization brings the lessons of the Torah to life. I am proud to have co-founded Jewish World Watch with the great Rabbi Harold Schulweis, and am proud every day of my life to be engaged in this holy work and to motivate others to engage with us!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of JWW when Janice Kamenir-Reznik spoke about her trip to the refugee camps in Chad back in 2007. I was so moved by her efforts, her raw emotion and her spirit that I knew I had to be involved. I worked with my community to get them involved in the work of JWW. We have joined the Walk for Darfur 2 years in a row, plus some of their other events. They range from academic to thought-provoking to just plain fun. Plus, the pieces they put out for Pesach and Rosh Hashanah are beautiful and interesting. I look forward to getting more involved in the future.