How JCUA built its power for economic justice with the Fair Tax campaign

Categories: Economic Justice, JCUA Campaigns, Other
When JCUA members voted overwhelmingly to take on the Fair Tax campaign, we knew it would be difficult. Voters don’t trust Illinois lawmakers. The ultra-wealthy would do what they can to prevent tax increases. The dominant narrative in our society holds that all government intervention is bad and all individual wealth is good. Despite everything …

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How white Jews can respond to systemic racism, guided by three Jewish principles

Categories: Black-Jewish Relations, Congregation Partners
by Rabbi Bruce Elder The past few weeks have been trying for our country. We have been reminded, once again, of the pain white America has inflicted unabated on African Americans for the past 400 years. As outraged as we might be at George Floyd’s murder, white Jews must respond in a way that centers …

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Why it’s critical for Jewish communities to be engaging in racial justice learning — especially now

Categories: Black-Jewish Relations, Community Issues, Human Rights, Other
A few weeks ago, 17 of our Mishkan community members, including members of our staff and our rabbis, took part in the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ racial justice training for Chicago-area congregations on a rainy Sunday, over Zoom (like all things nowadays). As a spiritual community, we had already gathered a small group back …

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JCUA Demands Action for Black Lives

Categories: Black-Jewish Relations, JCUA Statement
The unconscionable murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis exposed once again the police brutality and white supremacy Black people in the United States experience every day. Floyd’s story echoes those of Breonna Taylor, Laquan McDonald, and countless others whose lives have ended in tragedy because of racist, state-sanctioned violence. Meanwhile, close to three months into …

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Joint Statement from JCUA’s White Racial Justice Working Group and Kol Or Caucus for Jews of Color

Categories: Black-Jewish Relations

The consequences of white supremacy are omnipresent. Some moments make these consequences abundantly and violently clear. We are in one such moment, as we mourn the recent loss of Black lives (Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd) who were each murdered because of racism. The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is a multiracial community that …

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