Ruth W. Messinger, American Jewish World Service

by Haya Luftig

From 1998 to 2016 Messinger was the CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international human rights and development organization dedicated to promoting social justice in the developing world. She currently serves as its Global Ambassador, working to engage rabbis and international interfaith leaders to work against poverty and oppression.

Messinger also works to advance social justice activism in the Jewish community in her current roles as the Finkelstein Institute Social Justice Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and as the Social Justice Activist at the new Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility at the Manhattan Jewish Community Center.

Ruth has served on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and is a current member of the World Bank’s Moral Imperative Task Force to End Extreme Poverty. She sits on several boards including the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Messinger is a graduate of Radcliffe College and the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work. She is married to an educator and has three children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.



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Haya Luftig