In the fall of 2004, our esteemed rabbi, Harold M. Schulweis (z”l), delivered a sermon to the congregation at Valley Beth Shalom on Rosh Hashanah. In a few short months, Jewish World Watch was formed from volunteers at VBS, led by Janice Kamenir-Reznik. In the months that followed, other synagogues in the Los Angeles area expressed interest in participating. Currently JWW includes over 60 synagogues in Southern California.
Jewish World Watch (JWW) is a hands-on leader in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities, engaging individuals and communities to take local actions that produce powerful global results. Founded in 2004 as the Jewish response to the genocide in Darfur, it has grown from a collection of Southern California synagogues into a global coalition that includes schools, churches, individuals, communities and partner organizations that share a vision of a world without genocide. JWW bears witness to first-hand accounts in conflict regions, partners with on-the-ground organizations to develop high-impact projects that improve the lives of survivors and help build the foundation for a safer world, and inspires our communities to support tangible projects and advocate for political change. JWW has raised more than five million dollars for relief and development projects that impact tens of thousands of people in Sudan and Congo.