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FEATURED ORGANIZATION: JEWISH WORLD WATCH


 

 

NEVER AGAIN WILL WE REMAIN SILENT 

 

IN THE FACE OF GENOCIDE

 

 

 

 

Jewish World Watch was founded in 2004 by the legendary Encino, California, based Rabbi Harold Schulweis and former environmental law attorney turned community activist, Janice Kamenir-Reznik.  With a mission to honor the promise made following the Holocaust, that "Never Again" would we stand silent in the face of genocide, President Janice Kamenir-Reznik and Executive Director Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, have positioned Jewish World Watch as a major anti-genocide presence, both on the west coast and nationally.

DARFUR: The genocide in Darfur has been the first order of business, and the guiding Biblical mandate, "Do not stand idly by" has defined the culture and life of the organization.  With a three-pronged approach of education, advocacy and refugee relief, Kamenir-Reznik, Schwartz-Getzug and a dedicated five person staff have built a national reputation for quality and results.  With more than sixty synagogues as a base of support, Jewish World Watch staff works with hundreds of organizations throughout the country to implement their programs, which include:  

o curricula development in the middle and high schools,

o community mobilization through a three-county Walk to End Genocide and a multitude of other activities,

o extensive speaking engagements through an active Speakers Bureau,

o advocacy at high levels of government, and

o funding of acclaimed relief programs for the survivors of genocide and other egregious human rights abuses.

In the last six years, Jewish World Watch has sponsored a major California divestment campaign,and mobilized communities across the country to raise millions of dollars for their nationally acclaimed refugee programs that include:

o The Solar Cooker Project, which protects and empowers the women and girls of the refugee camps by  reducing the number of trips taken out of the camps in search of firewood;

o water reclamation vegetable gardens;

o the Backpack project, which brought school and hygenic supplies to the children of the camps; and more recently,

o the  Dream Team Sister Schools project, sponsored by LA Clippers star, Baron Davis.

 

 

 

 


The Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC): A second campaign focus, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was launched in May, 2010.   The DRC is known as the worst place on earth to be a woman or a child.   Through advocacy at high levels of government and through survivor relief programs,  Jewish World Watch programs will protect and empower the women and girls who are constantly at high risk for brutal attack, as well as locate and reclaim the children who have been kidnapped and enslaved by rebel groups caught in the grip of a deadly war over conflict minerals.

Jewish World Watch has recently funded the very first Burn Center in Eastern Congo, which serves the survivors of deadly rebel attacks in which whole villages are burned as a method of intimidation and extermination.  As part of this program Israeli physicians are flown to Congo to train the Congolese physicians in the latest techniques in burn medicine.



On the Ground in Congo Trailer from Jewish World Watch on Vimeo.

 

 

Help Jewish World Watch in their fight against genocide

and egregious human rights abuses.

 

For more information on the Jewish Jewish Watch Solar Cooker Project

contact Rachel Andres, at rachel@jewishworldwatch.org.


For  information on all  the Jewish World Watch Relief Campaigns,

visit http://www.jewishworldwatch.org/refugeerelief/


STUDENTS AND TEACHERS: Be sure you ask about our Activist Certification Training (ACT) Program, in which you can work with your school to help Jewish World Watch combat genocide in Darfur and Congo.


 

See also:  JEWISH WORLD WATCH:   LEADING THE FAITH AND SECULAR GRASS ROOTS COMMUNITIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST GENOCIDE AND MASS ATROCITIES


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