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10 Inspiring Wishes For The Jewish New Year

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.30.2016 | Religion

According to tradition, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is the “birthday of the universe,” the day that God finished the great work of creatin...

To Tell Meaningful Stories About Child Marriage, Feature the Voices of Girls -- Not Just Their Faces

Bishakha Datta | Posted 04.30.2016 | Media
Bishakha Datta

News media in India and across the globe are paying attention, with coverage of early and child marriage expanding rapidly in recent years. Unfortunately, some of these stories present child marriage in ways that create misunderstanding at best.

Let All Who Are Hungry for Change, Come and Act

Mandy Patinkin | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Mandy Patinkin

Several months ago, I felt the power of the thousands-year-old Passover story as palpably as I ever have, when I travelled to Cambodia. My sense of what it means for a people to go from slavery to freedom deepened when I spent time listening to the modern-day narratives of Cambodians who live in the shadow of a genocide that claimed 2 million lives.

Lessons from Emergencies: Education and Ebola

Up For School | Posted 12.10.2016 | Religion
Up For School

Our work for the past three decades has always prioritized education because it is critical to young people, their families and the future of their communities. In addition, it is a core Jewish value.

Stunning Instagram Photos Show How Jews Are 'Repairing The World'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

Many Jews consider tikkun olam, or "repairing the world" to be a spiritual imperative -- a call to reach across religious boundaries and seek out just...

Becoming Neighbors: A Jewish Vision of Social Justice

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

For those who dedicate their lives to pursuing justice, every moment is urgent. As the great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously taught, there is simply "no time for neutrality."

Living While Jewish: Fighting Anti-Semitism And Hate In The 21st Century

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

Welcome to the latest ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our co...

Faith-Based Aid Group Leaders Say Their Humanitarian Efforts Are Often Met With Suspicion

Religion News Service | CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN | Posted 03.08.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Leaders of Christian and Jewish international aid groups say their efforts are often met with twin suspicions: * That the real pur...

Why Some Synagogues Are Using Mission Trips To 'Heal The World'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Christian missionary work spans the globe. But Jewish mission trips? Your average American synagogue is not planning a congregatio...

Men Stepping Up: Ben Horowitz, Demba Diawara and Our Worldwide Fight to End Violence Against Women

Ruth Messinger | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Ruth Messinger

I have been deeply moved by two men I know, both of whom believe in women, hate the violence perpetrated against them and are doing something about it. One is a respected Silicon Valley investor, and the other is a village chief in Senegal.

Every Nonprofit Executive's Dream: Going Out of Business

Beth Sirull | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Beth Sirull

The goal of every nonprofit leader should not be to grow their organization, but rather to go out of business. The leaders of these organizations should be working not just to ameliorate the effects of the social problem they are addressing, but also toward solving that problem once and for all.

Q&A with Rosanna Flamer-Caldera: Long-time Activist Talks LGBT Rights, From 1970s San Francisco to Sri Lanka Today

Elizabeth Daube | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Daube

LGBT people have faced extreme discrimination in Sri Lanka. For more than a century, the country has outlawed same-sex relationships under its colonial-era "gross indecency" laws.

Raika and Goldie

Rabbi Amy Eilberg | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Amy Eilberg

I was in India with sixteen other rabbis on a rabbinic delegation, sponsored by the American Jewish World Service. Among the many images I brought home with me from India were these two little girls, who took up residence in my heart.

Celebrating Three Mothers in the Developing World

Ruth Messinger | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Ruth Messinger

On Mother's Day -- and every day -- I am reminded of how important it is to listen to mothers in the developing world, share their stories and be a partner in their struggle for human rights

This Passover, Too Many Women Are Still Slaves

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Only when women everywhere can stand tall and strong together in peace and security can we confidently say: Once we were slaves, and now we are free.

Farm Bill Fail: Will Congress Act On World Hunger?

Ruth Messinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

If Congress does not act quickly after the election to pass a new Farm Bill, the money that exists for emergency food aid will run out in 2013. This could put up to 30 million hungry people at risk in the event of a crisis.

Who Is A Jew? Standing Before God Before The Days Of Awe

Rabbi Miriyam Glazer | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Miriyam Glazer

In the Jewish world, this time of year feels like kibbutz galuyot -- an ingathering of the exiles. As the Days of Awe beckon, so many of us become restless and uneasy about our Jewish selves.

Our Current Global Food Crisis and How We Can Feed 17 Million More People

Ruth Messinger | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

This year during Shavuot, the Jewish holiday which marks the end of the harvest, I am reminded of my commitment to alleviate hunger.

Tzedakah: 9 Designs That Challenge Our Notions Of Philanthropy (PHOTOS)

Ruth Messinger | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

Looking at these pieces of art gives me great hope that a new generation of globally conscious designers are celebrating the critical role that tzedakah plays in today's world and that the next generation of Jews will both give and talk about giving.

YouTube Launches 'Next Cause' To Help Nonprofits Change World Through Video

Posted 02.19.2012 | Impact

YouTube is making it easier for nonprofits to inspire and inform the online community of do-gooders. The video sharing site has launched YouTube Ne...

How Do The Candidates Give?

Barbara Dobkin | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Barbara Dobkin

We now know how wealthy some of our presidential candidates are -- but what we really need to know to judge each one's character is how they give those funds away.

WATCH: Two Minutes Of Wisdom With Ruth Messinger

Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion


Pray, Fast, Act: Spiritual Escalation Tn Response To Political Extremism

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I am joining Ambassador Tony Hall, David Beckmann of Bread for the World, ONE, American Jewish World Service, Meals on Wheels, Islamic Relief and a broad coalition to fast, pray and act.

Judaism and Global Justice: A Conversation with Ruth Messinger

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Jewish sages say that if all the problems of the world were on one side of a scale, and poverty was on the other, poverty would be heavier. That idea guides us.

Funny Jewish & Non Jewish Celebs Gather For American Jewish World Service PSA (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

You don't have to be Jewish to understand how much good the American Jewish World Service, a charity that helps alleviate poverty, hunger and disease ...