Contemporary Jewish Values

Bruce Rubin, Chair

Mission: In keeping with Jewish values of equality for all and respect for human life, one of AJC’s core missions is to promote pluralistic and democratic societies where all minorities are protected. Promoting these values can take many forms, from taking on universal issues, such as human rights and civil rights, to addressing specific issues affecting the Jewish community, such as religious pluralism in Israel or the “who is a Jew?” issue.

AJC National promotes these issues and values through the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights (JBI) in New York, through its Office of International and Governmental Affairs in Washington, D.C. where it works with the Executive and Legislative branches, and through its Contemporary Jewish Life Department in New York.

AJC Westchester/Fairfield was the first regional office to seek to bring to life these values at the local level under the banner of the Contemporary Jewish Values Committee.

Recent Events:

January 2016 - United Nations Holocaust Commemoration Programme. In coordination with the Jacob Blaustein Institute and the AJC Westchester/Fairfield Diplomatic Outreach committee, more than 50 diplomats and lay leaders attended a program highlighted by remarks from UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon , U.S. Ambassador Samatha Power and acclaimed activist and “Nazi hunter” Beate Klarsfeld. 

March 2016 - The Island of Tears: An Analysis of the Refugee/Migrant Crisis and Israel’s Response. IN coordination with our Israel New Perspectives Comnmittee, we held a program which highlighted the refugee/migrant situation in Europe and to explain Israel’s role to assist in relief which featured a senior staff member from AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute and three officials from IsraAID – Israel’s humanitarian relief organization.