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Into the Mountain

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

For the last several years, we at Jewish World Watch have been educating about and advocating to change the situation in Eastern Congo -- a situation that is largely the result of conflict over ownership of the mineral mines.

Congo Is Where My Heart Stays

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

These trips fly by for me. It seems like I just get acclimated to the schedule, to the food (or lack thereof), to not sleeping (somehow I never sleep in Congo), to 18 hour days, and suddenly it's time to go home. And as I seem to always say, at the end of every trip, I feel sad to leave.

Final Thoughts: And a Last Word

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

We have spent a week in Congo and my head is spinning. We visited 11 different programs and met with and talked to hundreds of people. Here are a few of my thoughts as we begin the two-day journey to come home

Not in Kansas Anymore

Diane Kabat | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Diane Kabat

We leave Congo late afternoon today, and I truly will miss Amani and the Congolese people. Not only are they physically attractive with expressive, rounded dark eyes and beautifully shaped lips, but they are equally beautiful inside, full of kindness, sensitivity, and incredible passion about life.

Falling In Love

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

The stories and the numbers of rapes have not abated, and his face reflects the stress of the last many years. But throughout it all, Dr. Mukwege finds hope.

Recharging Your Batteries in the DRC

Diane Kabat | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Diane Kabat

Another woman explains how having access to protein has improved the nutrition for her small children and how she is able to provide her family with better and more plentiful vegetables because of animal by-product use.

An Emotional Day

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

The day was emotional, uplifting and inspiring, and made us all very, very proud. Just as they shared their stories with us, we shared ours with them.

Never Underestimate the Power of Bandaids

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

With a full heart we continue this journey, knowing that we fulfill our mission as Jews and as human beings to be part of repairing the brokenness in our midst.

We Weren't Expecting This

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

We speak a great deal about the atrocities that the women face here and of the desperation of children forced into the militias. But who is talking about these littlest victims? These children devastated by the conflicts are the future of Congo. I cry for them and I cry for Congo.

Loss of Innocence

Diane Kabat | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Diane Kabat

Dr. Murhabazi Namegabe is one of the many heroes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He does not stand idly by. Singly handedly, he is "one of the cowboys of Congo" as he rescues victimized children in this haunting, ugly war.

We Have Not Forgotten

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

Nine years ago, in a calculated effort to ethnically cleanse the Darfur region of Sudan of its non-Arab population, the Sudanese government incentivized the Janjaweed militia to carry out a genocide.

Holding it Close to the Mat

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

The part of our trip that was most important had nothing to do with words or translators or statistics or dollars; rather, what was important was that we sat on the mat listening, touching, and being present with the women.

The End of the World

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

There's dust everywhere: on the ground, on our clothes, in our eyes and even in our rooms. It is desolate here. It feels like, if not God, then certainly the world has forgotten this place.

Hard to Leave

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

As much as I miss my son and am certainly ready for a meal that consists of more than rice and sauce and a day when I am not covered in dust, I feel very sad to have the trip end.

Forward With Intention: Solar Cooker Project

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

When humanitarian organizations provide aid to refugee or survivor populations, there must be thought given as to the impact of those services on the surrounding communities.

Hats Off to the Aid Workers

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

It is these workers who not only breathe life back into the bereft genocide survivor, but who also help that survivor re-ignite her own spark.

Focusing on Farchana

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

With no more words, they understood why we cared and why we had travelled half way around the world to comfort them, to bear witness to their suffering, and to assure them that their voices are heard and will be carried back to our homes.

Grateful at Thanksgiving

Lisa Ellen Niver | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Lisa Ellen Niver

Our Rabbis taught: "The story of the Haggadah begins in the degradation of slavery and takes us to glory." The Solar Cooker Project allows others to elevate their lives in the same way.

L.A. Activist On Mission To Stop Genocide

Encino Patch | Posted 11.22.2011 | Impact

Janice Kamenir-Reznik is a community organizer, activist and the co-founder of the Jewish World Watch, an Encino-based organization with a missi...

Shared Horror, Shared Hope

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

On Sunday night, my community hosted a "Shalom" peace concert in honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. What made this evening unique, and per...

No Sleep in Congo

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

How many more will die as we deliberate? How long will we ignore the slaughter and promise "never again"?