Stephanie Ives


Stephanie Ives is the director of Education and Community Engagement at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development and human rights organization inspired by Judaism's imperative to pursue justice. Stephanie guides AJWS's work to advance global citizenship in the American Jewish community. Stephanie lives in the Bronx with her husband, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, and her two children, Noah and Jesse.

Reimagining Tzedakah for the 21st Century

Julie Gersten, Stephanie Ives

In our increasingly interconnected world, tzedakah, or charity, is no longer bound by geographic, ethnic or religious parameters. Today, we are making unprecedented choices about where we give, to whom and why. Join us to explore Jewish texts on giving and learn about a national design competition to reimagine the traditional tzedekah box. This "Where Do You Give?" approach will challenge designers, artists and conceptual thinkers to create a 21st century model inspired by the values and imagery of the tzedakah box.

Getting Down and Dirty with AJWS

Noah Farkas, Adam Greenwald, Stephanie Ives, Scott Perlo, Alyson Solomon

Join us for a roundtable discussion about the challenges and complexities of global service. Presenters will speak about their experiences in developing countries and what it's like to confront poverty firsthand; community leaders will tell stories of their on-the-ground experience getting their hands dirty to make a change in the world. Take this opportunity to find out what led them to take this journey and how it has affected their lives and careers.