Bend the Arc Leadership Gathering: Eastern Region


**Registration for this event is now closed**

You are invited to a weekend of learning, Jewish inspiration and community building with leaders from Bend the Arc’s chapters and moral minyans in Eastern region, including a gathering for Jews of Color.

This regional gathering is designed to strengthen leadership for the next crucial period of Jewish resistance, with a focus on political education, skill building, and relationship building as vital practices to rise to this political moment and support our ongoing sustainability as a movement.

Friday, July 13, 7pm: JOC-only programming + optional Shabbat programming 
Saturday, July 14, 1pm: Gathering begins 
Sunday, July 15, 5pm: Gathering ends 

You will have the option to sign up for JOC and/or Shabbat programming when you register. We will provide Shabbat options Saturday morning for all participants.

What to expect:

  • An energizing gathering of 50+ volunteer leaders
  • Training in nonviolent direct action as a strategy, including reasoning, principles, and roles including Jewish spiritual practice and tradition
  • For Jews of Color: A space to build community with one another, in support of JOCs taking leadership in the progressive movement and Bend the Arc
  • Racial Justice training + anti-oppression training

Food will be vegetarian. Kosher food, childcare, and travel scholarships are available, please request when you register.

Please Note:

  • We strive to make sure that this gathering is accessible to everyone regardless of financial ability. We are offering this gathering on a sliding scale.
  • We welcome all levels of Shabbat observance and want to make sure that this gathering reflects that to the best of our ability. We are planning dedicated JOC programming starting with Shabbat dinner on Friday evening and community building programming on Saturday morning. The Saturday programming is being developed to require no participant writing. We will also accommodate any and all participants who arrive on Friday for Shabbat observance (all programming spaces are walkable to multiple synagogues and we will provide kosher food) or travel.
  • All food will be kosher. If you have additional dietary needs please indicate in your registration.
  • We are holding a block of rooms at a nearby hotel (check out to learn more about socially responsible union hotels). We have negotiated a special rate and once you have registered you will be sent a link to book your hotel (we encourage participants to coordinate with others to share rooms). Deadline to book is June 19. Please contact Jared Jackson ( for housing assistance as needed. 

This convening is by invitation-only. If you are interested in bringing additional guests please be in touch with your organizer. If you are interested in attending please contact Graie.


Graie Barasch Hagans is the National Organizer and Training Coordinator at Bend the Arc where he helps American Jews discover their own capacity to build a better and more beautiful world. He holds a MPP from Rutgers University and serves on the board of the Philadelphia Student Union and Jews in All Hues. He is a native of St. Louis and has a deep love for the midwest. Before joining Bend the Arc in June 2017, Graie was an interfaith organizer with the PICO National Network. He is a transmasculine Black Jewish G*d fearing justice lover.

Kayla Glick is the Field and Digital Organizer at Bend the Arc, where she supports the leadership and campaigns of the New York Chapter as well as local communications efforts for Bend the Arc's growing national grassroots network. Before joining Bend the Arc in January of 2015, Kayla was an AVODAH Corps Member in Washington, DC, where she worked at Jews United for Justice as a Community Organizer. Kayla graduated from Tufts University in 2013 with a BA in Classical Studies. She lives in Brooklyn.

Max Socol is a National Organizer with Bend the Arc, supporting chapters and affiliates primarily in the South. Since graduating from St. John’s College, Max has pursued intersecting passions for social justice and Jewish life — as a Jewish educator, a grassroots activist, and frequently as both at once. He is from Greensboro, NC.

Date & Time

July 13, 2018 at 7pm — July 15, 2018
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Graie Barasch-Hagans