American Jewish World Service
Hear actor Mandy Patinkin and Ruth Messinger, AJWS president, on the Brian Lehrer Show talk about their recent donor engagement trip to Cambodia to meet with human rights and labor activists.
Inspired by Judaism’s commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.
Absolute Travel’s General Manager, Leslie Overton, says, “From global poverty to gender issues, AJWS is on the frontlines to create change and make an impact on an international level. What strikes me in particular about their work is AJWS’s dedication to visit their causes on-site to learn about the issues firsthand, in person. Absolute Travel is honored to be a link in the process.”
Absolute Travel facilitates donor trips for American Jewish World Service to their project sites all over the world including Ghana, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Liberia. The June 2012 journey to Liberia was partly inspired by Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner and AJWS grantee, Women Peace and Security Network-Africa, a particularly profound experience for women interested in witnessing Liberia’s female-led transformation. We have also donated deluxe journeys to auction off at AJWS benefits, in which 100% of the proceeds go towards their mission. AJWS Board Chair and Absolute Travel client, Barbara Dobkin, comments, “I cannot yet tell people about the trip in a way that translates the emotional impact it had on me, and perhaps I never will. But I will continue to find ways to articulate our journey. To all of you – deep thanks for each person’s trust and contributions. What an incredible group.”