Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews across America who are working together to achieve our vision: to transform our country to be inclusive, equitable, and supportive of the dignity of every person across race, class, gender and faith.
We believe in the beautiful but unfulfilled promise of this country as a land of opportunity, justice, and equality for all. We believe there’s no acceptable level of racial injustice or economic inequality in our society. And we believe it’s imperative that American Jews be part of the solution by working in solidarity and in partnership with communities who are directly impacted by injustice.
We believe that when — in the face of racism, inequality, and the politics of fear — we rise up with courage and act boldly for justice, we reconnect to our people’s purpose and prophetic tradition. It’s why we mobilize the full resources of American Jews to achieve our vision. And it’s why we help diverse Jewish activists of every age learn how to organize in their cities.
We are the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on social change in the U.S.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, inspired by Reverend Theodore Parker, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” We know that change doesn’t happen on its own — we each have a role to play.
Our Core Values
Moral courage: We know the fight for justice and equality will not be easy or simple and requires us to take risks and act boldly. We act with integrity and we seek wisdom from our Jewish and social movement traditions to guide us.
Partnership: We recognize the power and importance of working in community with others. Through partnership and collaboration, we are able to leverage the unique strengths of our partners and allies and learn from the broader movement for justice.
Impact & Effectiveness: We choose goals and campaigns that we believe will be effective in making lasting and systemic change that will impact people’s lives. We are careful stewards of our resources and deploy them strategically and with purpose.
Dignity & Equality: We honor and protect the dignity and inherent right of all people to live in freedom and security. We treat each person with respect, honor differences, and pursue justice for all people.
Resilience: We are in this work for the long haul. We persevere through challenges, find creative solutions to problems, and we create loving, meaningful, joyful community to help sustain us.