Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice

aka Bend the Arc   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.jewishpartnership.us

Mission

Bend the Arc builds, amplifies, and activates the full power of American Jews — the people, resources, and prophetic tradition — in the transformation of our country to be inclusive, equitable, and actively supportive of the dignity of every person, while connecting Jews to our communal purpose and commitment to justice. We are a home for 21st century American Jews to live their values and take meaningful action toward creating a more just, equal, and compassionate America for all of its residents.

Ruling year info

1984

Chief Executive Officer

Stosh Cotler

Main address

330 Seventh Ave 19th Floor

New York, NY 10001 USA

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Formerly known as

Progressive Jewish Alliance

Jewish Funds for Justice

EIN

52-1332694

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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General Program Areas

Our scope of work incorporates three core approaches: leadership development through programs like the Jeremiah Fellowship, our nationally recognized Selah Leadership Program, and our field training program, which provide emerging and established leaders with the Jewish knowledge, skills, and support to become effective change agents in their communities; organizing and base-building, including online and offline strategies to engage American Jews on the grassroots level to leverage our power for social impact; and advocacy on issues of equity and justice in the United States, including immigration reform, criminal justice reform, and Muslim-American rights.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Jewish people
Budget
$4,641,400

The Jeremiah Fellowship is a young adult leadership program for Jews ages 22-32, geared towards training young, progressive Jews in community organizing and social change. Beginning in 2019, we are expanding this program from its California roots to a total of eight cities across the country: NYC/Long Island, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Miami, Denver, St. Louis, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Jeremiah Fellows dive deeply into the landscape of their cities, build powerful communities committed to justice, and fight for progressive change. Cohorts of the program run for 7-9 months each; our new national cohort will have a total of 40 Fellows across the eight cities. In addition to national opening and closing retreats that bookend the program, Fellows meet monthly in their city clusters for training, text study, and reflection. They then apply the skills that they have learned in Bend the Arc issue campaigns and other initiatives.

Population(s) Served
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Jewish people
Budget
$429,000

Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program, in partnership with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, is designed for Jewish social justice leaders working in Jewish and secular organizations. Selah is the first leadership training designed specifically for Jewish leaders working across the social change field. Selah provides unparalleled training for leaders, new tools to enhance personal vision and facilitate organizational change, and the opportunity to learn with innovative and inspiring Jewish social change leaders. Selah is rooted in the approach that by transforming leaders, we are better able to transform society. Each Selah cohort brings participants together for seven days of intensive leadership training over six months, with ongoing learning throughout the program. Selah approaches this learning process on three levels: the individual, the institution, and the field, and integrates personal development, organizational effectiveness, and collaboration skills. Since its founding in 2004, Selah has trained more than 340 leaders from over 200 organizations. Since 2015, the program has been dedicated to supporting the leadership of self-identified Jewish Leaders of Color (JLOC) to help our institutions better reflect the full diversity of the American Jewish community, build community in service of the leadership development, support, and elevate the leadership and vision of Jewish Leaders of Color. Bend the Arc will continue to focus Selah cohorts 16 and 17 exclusively on Jewish Leaders of Color.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Jewish people
Budget
$337,000

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Keywords

Jewish, grassroots, social justice, social action, faith-based community organizing, economic justice, tzedakah, Tikkun Olam, advocacy, leadership development