Jason Kimelman-Block

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block is the Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, where he works to bring the voices of progressive American Jews into the halls of power in Washington, DC. He previously served as Bend the Arc’s Rabbi-in-Residence and directed the Selah Leadership Program. He is the co-editor and co-author of Just: Judaism. Action. Social Change and served as the Director of the PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values.

He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and his B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College. Rabbi Kimelman-Block is also a founding member of a cohousing community in Maryland, where he lives with his wife and their four children.


Elliot Friedman

Elliot A. Friedman is the Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC. In this role, Elliot identifies federally elected officials and candidates who are in the best position to champion Bend the Arc Jewish Action’s legislative agenda and maximizes Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC’s resources to support those candidates. He also represents Bend the Arc Jewish Action on Capitol Hill on a variety of issues. Elliot comes to Bend the Arc Jewish Action with over seven years of experience in political and legislative advocacy. For the past four years, he served as the Legislative Representative and PAC Manager for the National Association of Postal Supervisors. Prior to that, Elliot worked for the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and New Jersey Assemblyman John F. McKeon.

Elliot is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and is admitted to the Maryland Bar. While in law school, he was a three-time recipient of the Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellowship for integrity in government advocacy. Elliot graduated magna cum laude from American University with a B.A. in Political Science. Originally from Livingston, New Jersey, he lives with his wife Ashley in Maryland.



The PAC Committee of Bend the Arc Jewish Action’s Board is as follows:

Alex Soros (Bend the Arc Jewish Action Board Chair), Marc Baum (PAC Committee Chair), Ilyse Hogue and Howard Welinsky


Leadership Committee

Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC’s  Leadership Committee ensures our endorsees have the resources they need to be voices for progress in Washington, D.C. Leadership Committee members are partners in developing the PAC’s strategy and commit to contributing a certain amount to our endorsees over the two year election cycle, ranging from $1,800+ to $50,000+. Leadership Committee Members are invited to dedicated programming at Bend the Arc’s national conference, monthly strategy sessions and screening interviews with prospective endorsees. Should you wish to join the Leadership Committee, please get in touch with our Elections Director, Ben Shnider, at

Leadership Committee Members:

Alex Soros (New York), Marc Baum (New York), Liz Dunst (Washington, D.C.), Paul Egerman (Boston), Bernard Friedman (Chicago), Judy Obermayer (Boston), Elaine Reuben (Washington, D.C.), Mark Tushnet (Washington, D.C.), Howard Welinsky (Los Angeles), Terry Winograd (Berkley), Nancy Bernstein (Pittsburgh), Gay Block and Billie Parker (Santa Fe), David Smiley and Lauren Kogod (New York), Ronna Stamm (Chicago), Betsy Krieger (Baltimore), Rachel Tiven (New York), Nancy Abramowitz and Mark Ellenberg (Potomac), Lawrence Bailis (Boston), Stosh Cotler (New York), Sam Eskenazi (Washington, D.C.), Martin Friedman (New York), Norbert Goldfield (Northampton), Janet R. Halbert (Los Angeles), Ilyse Hogue (Washington, D.C.), Luis Lainer (Los Angeles), Nathan Rothstein (Boston), Judith Tuller (New York)