Abortion access is a Jewish value 💜

Abortion access is a Jewish value 💜

June 29, 2022

Many of us are feeling grief, anger, and uncertainty following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade on Friday. This is just the latest painful reminder that an extremist minority political movement is actively working to redefine who has rights in this country, whose voices count, and who belongs.

But together we are strong, and we have faith that justice will prevail. All across the country, Bend the Arc volunteer leaders, program participants, and donors are working to build a country where all of us — all religions, colors, and genders — are safe, free, and able to thrive.

These are just some of the stories of what’s possible when we organize together.

Thank you for being part of Bend the Arc. 💛


Abortion access is a Jewish value

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The simple fact is that abortion access is a Jewish value, period.
We will continue to fight the white Christian nationalist movement that seeks to undermine our rights and our democracy.

Last month, leaders from Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Maryland marched outside the Capitol with over 1,000 Jews and allies at the Jewish Rally For Abortion Justice, organized by our partners at the National Council of Jewish Women. (Photo above)

Read our full statement on the SCOTUS decision here, which was cited in Jewish News Syndicate and The Forward.

From across the movement

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen giving a powerful speech at a vigil for victims of gun violence in Los Angeles. He is standing at the microphone wearing a hat and tallis, with other people standing behind him. The right bottom corner has a play button, to watch the video.

“We have to radically love each other; we have to see the image of God in each other.”

In May, more than 100 people, including leaders of different faiths, showed up at city hall in Los Angeles to mourn the victims of mass shootings in Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Uvalde and demand action to end gun violence.

Bend the Arc’s rabbi in residence, Aryeh Cohen, gave a powerful speech at the vigil about radical love. Watch a clip from Rabbi Aryeh’s speech here, and read more about the vigil here.

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A progressive win in Pittsburgh

Members of Bend the Arc’s Pittsburgh chapter worked to help Summer Lee — a visionary progressive leader who is committed to fighting white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and antisemitism — win her primary for the PA-12 Congressional seat.

With lots of undecided voters, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Pittsburgh’s public support for Summer helped move the needle in the race — getting Summer one step closer to being the first Black woman from Pennsylvania to be elected to Congress. Read more from Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Pittsburgh leaders here.

Dr. Koach Baruch Frazier, Rabbi Joshua Lesser, and Rabbi Sandra Lawson at Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat. They are singing and are each wearing kippot and tallit.

Honoring Juneteenth

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Atlanta co-sponsored Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat, organized by Kol HaPanim and the Atlanta Jews of Color Council and led by Dr. Koach Baruch Frazier, Rabbi Joshua Lesser, and Rabbi Sandra Lawson. The event centered the voices of Black Jews and honored this 150-year-old holiday through a Jewish lens. Read more about honoring Juneteenth here.


48 hours left to double your impact

Our fiscal year ends in just two days and a generous donor is matching all gifts to Bend the Arc — up to $5,000 — until midnight on Thursday.

Right now, our movement of Jews and allies is doing powerful work to build a country free from white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and antisemitism. When you donate today, your gift today will be doubled — going even further to power our movement’s work in this critical moment.



In Case You Missed It:

Understanding Replacement Theory

Following the horrific targeted murder of ten Black people in Buffalo, NY, Bend the Arc held an educational call about the dangerous white nationalist ideology behind the shooting, as well as other acts of violence against Black people, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and other groups.

On the call, panelists honored the victims in Buffalo and discussed how to respond to the “great replacement” conspiracy theory with solidarity.

Read four key reflections and watch the full call here, and take action in solidarity with the Black community in Buffalo here.

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Quote of the Month

“We are facing grave challenges right now — repeated attacks on our democracy and our fundamental rights. We need leadership that understands that our struggles are interconnected.

We must tackle antisemitism and anti-Blackness together, wherever they show up and root them out at their shared core, with courage and accountability.”

— Annie Weinberg, campaign manager for Summer Lee, writing in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle


Take action: California's VISION Act

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Leaders from Bend the Arc’s chapters in California are organizing to pass the VISION Act — a transformational bill that would stop cruel transfers of immigrants from prisons and jails into ICE detention.

The California Senate only has a few weeks left to pass this important legislation before it dies. Do you live in California? Take action and call Governor Newsom here.


P.S. We need your help to power our movement forward before our fiscal year ends on Thursday.

With your support, Bend the Arc is investing in a democratic future where everyone is safe and thriving — working to repair the impacts of centuries of systemic racism and inequities in health, wealth, and safety that disproportionately affect Black and brown communities and families.

When you donate today, your gift will be doubled — going even further to power our movement’s work in the critical months ahead.