Over the past six months I have been privileged to participate in the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Global Justice Fellowship program for rabbis. This program brings together a diverse trans-denominational cohort of rabbis to educate them about global issues of concern and equip them (us) to become effective advocates. As part of this program I will participate in AJWS’s Wellstone Organizing Training in February as well as the AJWS Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. in May. The program will culminate with a trip to Guatemala next summer to learn from AJWS partners in that country.
In addition to the personal fulfillment I derive from learning with my colleagues in the program, my understanding of, and commitment to, global justice has deepened. It is my hope to identify ways WRJ can partner more closely with AJWS to pursue this work. WRJ has always advocated for the rights of women and girls around the world. We endorsed the Millennium Development Goals and are working with others as an NGO at the United Nations on issues of global concern. But there is so much more we could do to advance this work, and I call on you to join me in these efforts.