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.
A couple of things became apparent during the Progressive Jewish Alliance’s annual gala in Los Angeles last week, factors which will surely shape the run-up to the 2012 election. These factors did not include the “Yiddish songs of the labor movement,” which were performed entertainingly enough by singer Cindy Paley as guests shmoozed pre-dinner, but are unlikely to be adopted as campaign anthems unless David Dubinsky rises from the grave and runs for office.
Most of us know that Pesach is observed for eight nights. But when the United States Department of Agriculture chooses to celebrate and support the Jewish Food Movement, Pesach can, indeed, be extended one day longer. Fifty-five leaders from the Jewish Food Movement and representatives of United States Department of Agriculture gathered in Washington last Wednesday at USDA Headquarters on the National Mall for the USDA’s first-ever Food & Justice Passover Seder.
Nearly all of those who have already applied to this year’s Jewish Funds for Justice Community Organizing Residency are women. And last year, which was the program’s first, 14 of the 16 people selected for the interfaith program were women. Overall six Jews, six Muslims and four Christians made up the group.
Jewish Funds for Justice’s new video “Al Tirah! Fear Not!” features “Sisterhood 50” selection Rabbi Sharon Brous and two irresistible monsters, “Fear” and “Empathy.” It’s the first video for the Al Tirah/Fear Not Movement, whose stated mission is to help people free themselves “from a nation of fear-based politics and embrace our radical empathy in order to have a better tomorrow.”
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