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During the recent Jewish holiday of Sukkot, high school students, young professionals and adult Californians of all ages gathered in a Berkeley sukkah on October 4, to discuss the significance of voting yes on California’s Proposition 30 on Election Day. They are supporters of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, which is supporting Proposition 30, a ballot initiative that would establish a system of progressive taxation to increase opportunities across California.
Bend the Arc launched its campaign in support of Proposition 30 in a sukkah on a Santa Monica beach at the end of September, and on Oct. 15 convened about 40 people in the hot sun at Valley College to hear why students, educators and advocates for public education are urging Jews and other Californians to vote yes on 30.
Two past COR Residents, Adam Greenwald and Geoffrey Nelson-Blake, from the 2011-2012 cohort have co-authored an article on the importance and beauty of the Sabbath. "As a Seventh-day Adventist and a Jew, we find that the Sabbath brings spiritual discipline to our lives. Each week is punctuated by a day of conscious abstaining from the distracting, the noisy and the ordinary. Instead, we carve out time to focus on family, community, relaxation and reflection..."
Sonya Kuznetsov, a participant in Bend the Arc's recent “If I Was a Rich Man Tour,” was interviewed about her experience on the tour targetting Members of Congress who voted to extend the Bush Era Tax Cuts voted on this past July.