Fellows hear from Martinbhai Macwan, the founder of Navsarjan, an AJWS partner working on Dalit rights.
This month, in the Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi began India’s independence movement, AJWS’s World Partners Fellows begin their own journey of study and service in India. In a setting of simple living, fellows explore the mutual roots of Jewish belief and concepts of justice, human rights and service.
Using AJWS’s curriculum, Live the Questions, fellows learn to move beyond good intentions to become responsible allies supporting the work of AJWS partners. Through workshops and trainings, chavruta study and NGO-led community visits, Live the Questions brings the World Partners Fellowship orientation to life. Read More
Will Nassau is a Senior Program Officer in AJWS’s service department and oversees volunteer programs in India.
In last Tuesday’s New York Times, David Brooks neatly balances a healthy cynicism for the “[m]any Americans going to the developing world to serve others” with the “smaller percentage” actually having some impact. Brooks describes three virtues necessary for these “rugged altruists” to be successful in catalyzing change: “courage,” “deference” and “thanklessness.”
In spite of language arguably lacking in its own deference (I cringe at what a human rights leader in the Global South might say of western “courage” and “thanklessness”), Brooks is on to something fundamentally important: creating impact requires principles for responsibly and effectively supporting marginalized people in their own struggle to secure their human rights.