Rachel Kranson still remembers the time she was the victim of anti-Semitic slurs when she was just 11, walking home from shul one day. But it is not the slurs themselves that sting most in Kranson's memory; rather, it's the fact that a park full of witnesses stood by and did nothing.
While most Jewish organizations refuse to partner with CAIR, Bend the Arc Pittsburgh was happy to work with that group because of its commonality of purpose in protecting the rights of minorities, according to Kranson.
"We focus on domestic issues, and we have so much in common in those areas [with CAIR] that it seemed like it would be beneficial for both of our groups to move forward on those specific issues," Kranson said. "I imagine for organizations that have a different focus, that partnership might not have seemed as easy or as beneficial as it was for us."