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Bend the Arc CEO Alan van Capelle to Headline Temple Beth Shalom Social Justice Weekend

The Jewish Outlook
April 1, 2013

A weekend of lectures and interactive conversation will occur April 26 and 27 on the Dell Jewish Community Campus, when Temple Beth Shalom hosts its second annual social justice event.

Open to the public and underwritten by the Kuhn Foundation, attendees are invited to hear Bend the Arc CEO Alan van Capelle address issues including immigration, underpaid workers, health care for the elderly, and civil rights in the LGBT community.

He will also answer questions. Issue experts will be available to answer additional questions following the presentation.

Van Capelle and the national Bend the Arc organization work toward “fulfilling the promise that everyone can share in social and economic opportunity, and enjoy equal rights and liberty.”

Van Capelle has extensive experience in the labor movement, and was deputy controller for the city of New York, where he advised on public policy, media and community relations.

Van Capelle has also served as a member of the New York City Banking Commission and was appointed as a representative to the Museum of the City of New York.  He has served on the transition teams of Governor Eliot Spitzer and New York Attorney General Mario Cuomo, and was executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda.

At Temple Beth Shalom’s Friday evening session, van Capelle will address the public and answer questions at 6:00 p.m. 
Representatives of Austin Interfaith and other local social justice organizations will join him.

At 7:00 p.m. van Capelle will deliver the sermon at the Temple Beth Shalom Shabbat service.

Saturday sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will include training on how to successfully organize social justice efforts. There will also 
be small group sessions to determine which issues are most important to our community.

Temple Beth Shalom Social Justice Committee Chairman Bob Batlan said, “We are very proud to provide this forum for our entire community and look forward to a weekend of thought provoking conversation that will, hopefully, help us improve the lives of those in need.”