American Jewish World Service


The organization is inspired by Judaism's commitment to justice and works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.


Established in 1985 in NY - AJWS was established in Boston on May 1, 1985 when Larry Phillips and Larry Simon, together with a group of rabbis, Jewish communal leaders, activists, businesspeople, scholars and others came together to create the first American Jewish organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among people across the globe

Grantmaking Programs


Grants are available to non-governmental, community-based organizations (CBOs) in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia that are working in the following three issue areas: natural resource rights and economic justice (supporting grassroots organizations to defend their rights to their natural resources, foster more just economies based on their sustainable use, and build more inclusive social movements in order to achieve these goals); civil and political rights (laying the groundwork for a just and inclusive society in conflict, post-conflict, and repressive regime settings, with a focus on civil and political rights); and sexual health and rights (realizing the full spectrum of sexual health and sexual rights for marginalized communities in the countries where the organization work) The organization supports education for all (strengthening primary and secondary education for students in public schools, extending non-formal education to children, and providing vocational training to youth and adults that have been excluded from mainstream school settings); community engagement in conflict issues and emergencies (supporting local organizations affected by disasters and conflict to move toward peace and development); and community voice/civic and political participation (supporting communities to participate in designing the policies and programs that directly affect their lives).