When Stosh Cotler takes over as CEO of Bend the Arc, a Jewish group that fights for immigration reform, workers’ rights and other domestic liberal causes, she will be one of the few women leading a national Jewish group of its size.
For the first time ever, the Forward 50 was launched with a profile celebrating a gay Jewish woman — and the kvelling was just starting for gay Jewish achievers.
While some efforts to get younger Americans involved in the political process may be fretting over the so-called “enthusiasm gap” between four years ago and today, Alan Van Capelle, isn’t worried. And he’s got the bus tour to prove it.
Bend the Arc, the country’s largest Jewish social justice group, has extended its reach by forging affiliations with two local activist groups in Minneapolis and Washington.
Alan van Capelle, a well-connected political activist with roots in the labor and gay and lesbian rights movements, will become president and CEO of the recently merged Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice, the group announced October 3.