I Will Not Become Complacent

Categories: About JCUA, Anti-Semitism & Hate, Community Events
On Tuesday, November 22, over 250 people from across Chicago came together with JCUA to reject bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism, and to rededicate themselves to standing with the oppressed. Rabbi Megan GoldMarche of Metro Chicago Hillel delivered these powerful words. On election night, my wife, Paige, and I decided to host a party for our college students. We figured it …

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I Never Really Left Or Tzedek

Categories: About JCUA, Or Tzedek / Teen Program
REGISTRATION FOR OR TZEDEK SUMMER 2017 IS OPEN! Sign up before Jan. 15, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount. Let Sydney, one of last year’s teens, tell you why you should. This summer I participated in JCUA’s Or Tzedek summer institute, a program for teenagers in high school who want to explore Chicago and …

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Shout Loudly and Don’t Hold Back

Categories: About JCUA
By Ben Halbig JCUA Board Member JCUA Board Member Ben Halbig gave this drash at Mishkan’s Yom Kippur morning services for the Isaiah Haftarah . As we move into this new year, Ben asks how can we do more? How can we make this year reflect “the fast God really wants?” “Good morning. I’m Ben. …

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The Second Tzedek

Categories: Other
By Emma Drongowski JCUA’s AVODAH Organizing Fellow This past week, we read Parshat Shoftim, from the book of Deuteronomy. This Torah portion outlines a set of guidelines for ethical and moral behaviors- a very common theme in Jewish holy texts. Shoftim identifies the proper methods for appointing judges, procedures for judicial systems, warnings against worshiping …

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