Merged social justice groups become Bend the Arc


(JTA) — Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice is the new name for the organization that was born from the merger of Jewish Funds for Justice and the Progressive Jewish Alliance.

The new name was announced Monday. The two Jewish social justice organizations had merged last year.

"Bend the Arc is a non-traditional name for a non-traditional organization," said Alan van Capelle, the organization’s chief executive officer. "The phrase that has inspired many, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was first used by Theodore Parker, an abolitionist minister speaking out against the injustice of American slavery. Bend the Arc is a call to action, to fight the injustices and inequalities of our time."

The group is scheduled to meet with Obama administration officials at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the American Jewish social justice agenda and to hold a seder highlighting the social justice tradition of the Jewish community with members of the administration.

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