From fundraising, to meeting with members of Congress, to educating and advocating against genocide through tzedukah projects, our students are a powerful voice in the fight against genocide. Form an on-campus club or incorporate JWW advocacy training and content into an already existing school group. Become a leader in your community as part of the anti-genocide movement. There are many opportunities for students to connect to JWW. We can show you how. Contact [email protected] for more info about each of the opportunities listed below.
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis Social Justice Fellows
The Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis Social Justice Fellowship was created to honor JWW’s co-founder and create a network of college students carrying out JWW’s mission — to not stand idly by as genocide and mass atrocities continue — in campus communities throughout the Los Angeles metro area. Read more about the Social Justice Fellowship >>>
Teen Ambassador Program
Especially created for Los Angeles metro area 9th-12th graders, this innovative program provides an opportunity for high school students to gain leadership and advocacy skills while furthering their knowledge about genocide and mass atrocities. Read more about the JWW Teen Ambassador program >>>
Federation Teen Initiative Community Interns
The Community Internship Program is an innovative summer program for Los Angeles Jewish teens entering 11th and 12th grade during the upcoming school year. The paid internship combines work in dynamic and impactful Jewish non-profit organizations with workshops that develop professional real-world skills and mentorship from Jewish adult role models. Interns are selected by the Federation and matched with nonprofits that are interesting to them. JWW is fortunate to accept two summer interns for the month-long program each year.
Spend part of your summer learning how to be an advocate and social justice organizer through a paid internship offered by the Jewish Federation with a placement at JWW. Incoming juniors and seniors should apply in January through the Federation and request JWW as your area of interest.
Meet our Summer 2016 Community Interns:
Emma Aaronson is a rising junior at de Toledo High School. A devoted actress, she is pouring much of her passion into JWW projects this summer including developing the JWW Mitzvah Mentor’s program to help B’nai Mitzvah students who want their Tzedakah projects to support JWW’s advocacy and relief work and developing video presentations about JWW’s mission and work.
Gabriella Blum, a rising senior at Sierra Canyon High School, is returning to JWW for a second summer. She is using her artistic skills to create info graphics and videos to help teens understand the complex issues raised by genocide and mass atrocities. She is also working on the Summer newsletter and website development.
B’nai Mitzvah Projects
Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? JWW believes that advocating against genocide is a mitzvah. Looking for a tzedakah project with a deeper meaning? We help you explore the connection between your Torah and Haftorah portions and the anti-genocide movement, and provide support for a variety of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tzedakah projects which link to JWW’s advocacy and relief efforts. Through our Mitzvah Mentors program, B’nai Mitzvah students can be paired with teens who have created and implemented meaningful projects and who are willing to help from project conception through its execution. Let us help add another layer of meaning to this special time in your life! Read our online Advocate’s Guide to Your Tzedakah Project or download the PDF here.
Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Named after Polish activist Raphael Lemkin who coined the term “genocide”, the Summit brings together students and adults from all parts of the country to converge in Washington, DC for a three-day conference featuring experts in the field, anti-genocide films, panel discussions and advocacy training culminating in a day of meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate for anti-genocide action. Watch our Facebook page and visit this site often to learn about when the next Summit will take place and how you can take part.
Featured Student Activists
Jamie won the Jewish World Watch Upstander Award for her excellence in mobilizing her Palos Verdes community around mass atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to researching the maltreatment and violent targeting of women and children for her senior project, she hosted JWW speakers to speak to her school about mass atrocities in the DRC and held a fundraiser on her campus for the Mumosho Women’s Center. She raised over $5,000 for the Walk to End Genocide.
Elizabeth Kushner recruited a team of 20 people for the 2016 Walk to End Genocide and mobilized her entire synagogue community to fight genocide! How did she do this? She tabled at her synagogue’s Purim carnival and displayed Walk signs at her Bat Mitzvah party. The result: Elizabeth raised thousands of dollars for JWW and looks forward to continuing her activism with JWW in years to come. Thanks, Elizabeth!
Eve was awarded the Jewish World Watch Upstander Award, as well as her school’s Silver Presidential Award, for her incredible long-term commitment to Jewish World Watch. In addition to being a JWW team leader at summer camps, she has made many inspiring presentations to her school and synagogue, and was dynamic advocate for JWW at congressional meetings. Eve has motivated her peers to take action to combat genocide and mass atrocities and has raised thousands of dollars for JWW.
At age 8, Sidney was inspired by JWW’s Walk to End Genocide to take action. She created her jewelry business Jewels4Justice and donates 100% of all proceeds to JWW. Sidney has sold her jewelry at the CV and LA Walks to End Genocide since 2013. She has even accompanied JWW staff to congressional meetings, enthusiastically advocating for Sudanese refugees.