American Jewish World Service, Washington, D.C., Office

Mission Statement

“When confronted with major global problems—world hunger, extreme poverty, epidemics, violence—our natural instinct is to ask, "What can I do?" AJWS encourages American Jews to assume the responsibilities of global citizenship by advocating for change in developing countries right here at home. Because U.S. policies have a tremendous impact on the developing world, we can urge our representatives to support those that advance social and economic justice and promote human rights. Such efforts offer us a way to enact the Jewish imperative of tikkun olam—healing the world—by working to advance a more just and secure future for all.

AJWS’s advocacy efforts currently focus on global hunger, debt relief, foreign assistance and gender equality. We have also long played a leading role in advocating for peace in Darfur and Sudan as a whole. Our actions work in tandem with our grantees’ own activism. As we hold our own government accountable, our grassroots partners pursue accountability on the ground, working to put more power in the hands of the formerly powerless. ...”

Mission Source:
Expenditures Source:
2009 Annual Report, Advocacy Expenditures

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Religious Tradition

Year/Decade Arrived in D.C.

  • 2003

Annual Advocacy Expenditures

  • $1,048,899

Type of Organization

Tax Status

Location of D.C.-Area Office

  • Washington, D.C. (National HQ: New York, N.Y.)