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  • Messinger speech re-opens debate: Should we spend money on Jews or on helping others?

    The president of the American Jewish World Service, Ruth Messinger, reopened a longstanding debate when she spoke at the ordination ceremony at the Conservative Movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary in New York last month. Messinger, the onetime New York mayoral candidate and longtime social advocate, has steered the AJWS into the lead on the international Save… More ▸

  • AJWS launches online database of Jewish sources for social justice

    The American Jewish World Service today launched an online, interactive and searchable database of Jewish sources for social justice. The database, which is available at, is open to anyone, and will be expanding, as users can upload additional source-texts. The project is co-sponsored by AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Hazon, Tzedek, Mechon Hadar and… More ▸

  • AJWS hires new executive vice president

    The American Jewish World Service has hired Robert Bank as its executive vice president. Bank, who was previously the COO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis — and advocacy group that has 200 full-time employees and a $30 million budget — will work with the AJWS’s president, Ruth Messinger. Here’s the release:[[READMORE]] March 11, 2009; New York,… More ▸

  • AJWS gives out $5.7 million

    The American Jewish World Service has announced $5.7 million in grants that will go to 224 different grassroots organizations across the world. Here are the details from AJWS:   AJWS ANNOUNCES $5.7 MILLION IN NEW GRANTS February 24, 2009; New York, NY— American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has recently awarded more than $5.7 million to… More ▸

  • Where’s the celeb love for Jewish charities?

    Since the New York Times Magazine ran Natalie Portman’s mug on the cover of its money issue in March, which featured a story about celebrity influence on giving, it seems that the charitable world has gone a bit TMZ. The phenomenon is legit enough that the Chronicle of Philanthropy held an interesting online panel discussion… More ▸