Ruth Messinger Entrusts American Jewish World Service To Her Deputy

04/12/2016 - 12:05

Ruth Messinger was one of New York City’s most prominent politicians in the 1980s and 1990s before she took the helm of a respected but low-profile nonprofit focused on international development: the American Jewish World Service.

Ruth Messinger with Robert Bank, the executive vice president of AJWS, who will succeed Messinger, during trip to Cambodia. RNS

Taking Up The Torch At AJWS

Robert Bank, a pianist and lawyer who has worked at the agency since 2009, will succeed Ruth Messinger.

11/23/2015 - 19:00

American Jewish World Service, the 30-year-old nonprofit organization that supports human rights and anti-poverty activism in the developing world and educates the American Jewish community about global justice, recently announced that in July, Robert Bank, executive vice president, will succeed Ruth Messinger as president. Messinger has headed AJWS since 1998.

Bank, a native of South Africa, moved to New York to study piano at Juilliard. He went on to study law at the City University of New York Law School and worked for the New York City Law Department and Gay Men’s Health Crisis before joining AJWS in 2009.

We caught up with Bank by phone earlier this month.

AJWS’ new head Robert Bank will follow in the footsteps of an icon, Ruth Messinger.

Ruth Messinger To Step Down As Head Of American Jewish World Service

10/13/2015 - 20:00

Ruth Messinger will step down as president of the American Jewish World Service, the international relief organization she has guided to prominence since taking its helm in 1998.

Ruth Messinger. Wikimedia Commons

‘Generous Materially — And Of Spirit’

AJWS founder Larry Phillips dies at 88.

09/17/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Larry Phillips, co-founder of the American Jewish World Service, died on Friday afternoon at the age of 88.

Larry Philips in recent times. Courtesy of AJWS

AJWS Founder Larry Phillips Dies At 88

He was 'generous materially — and of spirit,' son says.

09/15/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Larry Phillips, co-founder of the American Jewish World Service died on Friday afternoon at the age of 88.

Larry Phillips

Human Rights As A Sacred Cause

09/09/2015 - 20:00

Martin Raffel makes a strong argument for why human rights should be a priority in the Jewish community in his Opinion column “Human Rights Is a Sacred Cause, Not A Pro-Israel Message,” Sept. 4. We certainly share his belief in human rights, however we are disappointed that he inaccurately described American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as having ended its advocacy on behalf of human rights. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Jewish Journey To The Margins

07/13/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For many in our community, the Dominican Republic (DR) is a magical Caribbean nation we contemplate visiting in the winter for beach time, gambling and relaxation. For those of us who spent 10 days there in June, the picture is starkly different: the DR is a place of poverty, discrimination, violence, potential deportation and increasing marginality. And yet, it is also a place of strength, dignity, principle and tenacity, and a warm welcome.

Stuart Himmelfarb

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

12/04/2013 - 19:00

Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary South African leader who forged close ties with his country’s Jews in his fight to dismantle the apartheid regime, has died.

Promoting Human Rights And Fighting Poverty

What does it mean to be a light onto the nations? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Ruth Messinger President of American Jewish World Service about her work an how AJWS is transforming communities  around the globe.

Nurturing Rabbis To Pursue Activism

Rabbis for Human Rights launches summer social-justice fellowship for diverse group of seminarians.
07/23/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Knocking on strangers’ doors is never easy. That’s especially true when the knocker, a young cantor, finds her Hebrew getting tangled up with her Spanish. Which in turn makes it harder to persuade public housing residents — already weary of theft in their hallways and police at their peepholes — to open up.

Elana Rosen-Brown, a Reform rabbinical student, is spending much of her summer knocking on doors in East Harlem,michael datikash
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