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Jewish groups ride roller-coaster week of Supreme Court rulings

JTA | June 26, 2013

“Having faced prejudice and bigotry throughout our history, the Jewish community does not tolerate unjust discrimination against others,” Alan van Capelle, the director of Bend the Arc, a Jewish group that advocates on social issues and that had joined friend-of-the-court briefs in both cases, said in a statement. “Personally, as a gay Jewish man who has long been fighting for LGBT rights, it means so much to see our highest court rule that my family has as much right to happiness and protection under the law as any other.”

Jewish Blessings Greet Gay Marriage Ruling

The Jewish Daily Forward | June 26, 2013
News of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to pave the way to gay marriage found gay Jewish leaders at the end of a meeting with two dozen Democratic senators on Capitol Hill. “I got hugs and applauds,” said Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc who led a gay rights movement before joining the Jewish organizational world. Van Capelle whispered to himself the Jewish blessing of “Shehecheyanu,” thanking God for “keeping us alive to see this moment,” he recalled.

Conference puts local spotlight on nation’s Jewish professionals

New Jersey Jewish News | June 13, 2013

A challenge to the American-Jewish community to get involved in domestic issues met with a sharp response as professionals from Jewish organizations across the country met in Whippany for their annual conference.

U.S. Jews remember Lautenberg as senator who fused Jewish ethics and progressive politics

Haaretz | June 4, 2013

Hadar Susskind remembers spotting Senator Frank Lautenberg over the years in the Senate's marble hallways. "He was one of those who was good not just at the personal side of politics but the personal side of policy, really caring and thinking about what it actually means."

Coming to America

The Boston Globe | May 23, 2013

Bend the Arc and other social action groups joined at Quincy Market Wednesday to support immigration reform. Supporters dressed in Statue of Liberty costumes and invited passersby to place a pin on a map of their country of origin. The groups also promoted, a site in support of the cause.