American Jewish World Service

Volunteer Opportunities: Yes


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.

Since that time, AJWS has remained true to our founders' vision and commitment to tzedakah: empowering people throughout the world to achieve justice and self-sufficiency through the promotion of human rights, education, economic development, healthcare and sustainable agriculture.


"Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.”

  • Contact Information:
  • 45 West 36th Street
  • , New York 10018
  • United States
  • Active In: Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, Uganda, Burma, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines
  • Forms of Abolition:
  • Awareness, Aftercare, Policy Making, Empowerment
  • Forms of Slavery:
  • Domestic Servitude, Sex Trafficking, Forced Labor, Bonded Labor, Child Labor, Forced Marriage