Bay Area

Joel Gerwein

Dr. Joel Gerwein is an ecologist who manages environmental projects for the California Coastal Conservancy.  Joel has a longstanding interest in the connection between Judaism and the environment.  He co-wrote a curriculum on the subject entitled "Roots and Branches" for the Boston chapter of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and continues to teach and advocate about the subject at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.  While studying at UMass Boston, he helped unionize his fellow graduate students. Joel grew up in the Washington, D.C.

Linda Rhine

Linda Rhine is a recent retiree after a 35+ year career in transportation planning. She was as a public sector employee at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) before joining Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates in 1992. Nelson\Nygaard is a San Francisco based progressive transportation planning firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable and accessible communities. Linda was a principal, shareholder and longtime member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Kendra Froshman

Kendra Froshman is a Program Analyst at the Controllers Office in San Francisco where she provides technical assistance to city departments on policies, management and internal operations. She has a background in tenant advocacy and is getting her Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State. Originally from Santa Cruz, she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for ten years.

Ruth Ann Binder

Ruth Ann Binder is a professional life coach, mother, nonprofit consultant, and activist with a strong commitment to and experience in social change organizations. Prior to becoming a coach, Ruth Ann was the executive director of Rebuilding Together San Francisco, a community development organization that renovates homes, schools and community centers with the involvement of thousands of volunteers. During that time she was a LeaderSpring Fellow and was more recently chair of its Leadership Council.

28th Annual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot

Get ready for a unique celebration and night of learning - a spritual journey bringing together people from a variety of perspectives and affiliations. Come for an hour or stay all night, joined by teachers from our diverse Bay Area Jewish community. Joel Abramovitz and the Criminal Justice Reform team will lead a session, as will Rabbi Mike Rothbaum of Congregation Beth El on the Fight for $15.

Fight for $15 National Day of Action: Rally in the Bay

Join #JewsFor15 at the Oakland rally on the national day of action in support of the Fight for $15 movement.

Momentum is growing to raise the minimum wage and fight inequality across the country. Successful organizing has led to historic legislation in California and New York raising their minimum wages to $15 over the next several years. On April 14, we'll be joining with Fight for $15 to celebrate these victories and keep up the momentum in the nationwide fight against poverty wages.

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block at Congregation Netivot Shalom

How American Jews Can Help Bend the Arc Toward Justice: Shabbat with Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block at Netivot Shalom

Join Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block as our Scholar-in-Residence for a unique Shabbat focused on domestic social justice. Jason is the Rabbi-in-Residence for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, and Deputy Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action in Washington, D.C. Over the course of Shabbat, he will give a number of teachings.

Shayna Gelender

Shayna is the Managing Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California where ensures that staff, board, and volunteers are effectively trained, supervised, and supported such that they consistently produce high-quality work to advance civil liberties and grow the organization. For the past fifteen years, Shayna has worked for the ACLU of Northern California in various positions: Youth Advocate, Field Assistant, Field Coordinator, Organizer, and Organizing Director.

Service Day at Prisoners Literature Project

Join Bend the Arc and The Kitchen's Justice League for a day of service at the Prisoners Literature Project

As an expression of Jewish values, we will do service in support of people who are incarcerated. We will respond to letters from people who are incarcerated in which they request literature. We will put together books for each person and respond to their letter. We will also learn about restrictions on book access in the US prison system.