Apr
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Immigration Committee Meeting
Apr 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 pm, location TBD, for our ~monthly Immigration Committee meeting. If you are new to the committee, or want a refresher, there will be a brief orientation at 6:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!  You can RSVP Here.  

Apr
23
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Chicago Justice Series
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Avodah, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Mishkan Chicago, Repair the World and Silverstein Base Hillel for our third annual Chicago  Justice series. This year we will focus on themes of safety and security through a Jewish lens: examining our relationships as Jews to law enforcement historically and today, exploring local work on police accountability, and thinking about how various identities we hold may impact how we think about our own safety.

Register below for the series, which costs $25 a person and includes dinners at all sessions. If cost is a barrier to participation we are happy to work with you – we want this space to be accessible to everyone. Email Rabbi Megan (rabbimegan@gmail.com) and we will make it work!

Register through Mishkan Chicago’s page

Session Dates

  • Thursday February 21, 6:30-8:30

    What do safety and security look like to each of us? What could it look like? In the opening session of the cohort we will begin by situating ourselves in what makes us feel safe, how our intersecting identities impact that and in how we want to build Jewish community as a cohort addressing safety and security. We will engage with and reflect on sources from historians, thinkers and leaders that bring up different frameworks for understanding community safety and accountability.

  • Thursday March 28,  6:30-8:30

    What does Judaism teach us about safety? In this session we will bring in Jewish texts of different kinds to examine what our own traditions, values and practices tell us about the creation of safety, the role of police and other accountability systems. We will reflect upon what these mean for us now and how we want to continue unpacking meanings of safety through a Jewish lens.

  • Tuesday April 23, 6:30-8:30

    How do systems of policing and security impact those within them?In our third session we will develop an analysis of policing and safety that understands the systemic impact police have on society as well as the experiences of those who operate within the police system. We will engage with resources and text that illuminate how a system like the Chicago Police Department functions and how those working within it understand their role in building community safety.

  • Thursday May 9, 6:30-8:30

    Where do we go from here? Before our closing Shabbat on May 31st, this final session will provide space to think about how we bring what we have learned in this series to our daily lives. What this looks like will depend on the flow of the conversation thus far in the series. We will learn about ongoing campaign work around police accountability including ways to get involved and take action. There will also be space to brainstorm together about community safety planning in Jewish spaces, and other opportunities to continue unpacking issues around safety and security.

  • Friday May 31, 6-9 pm, Shabbat Dinner

 

Register through Mishkan Chicago’s page

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Police Accountability Committee Meeting @ Sketchpad
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our ~monthly Police Accountability Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 6:30 pm, with a 6:00 orientation for newer folks. RSVP here.

*Note: meetings are for members only. Sign up to become a member here.

Contact avra@jcua.org for more info.

Apr
28
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Resisting Spacial Violence: A Film Screening and Discussion @ KAM Isaiah Israel
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Hosted By Kol Or
JCUA’s Jews of Color Caucus

Don’t forget to RSVP for our Passover screening of Not in My Neighbourhood.” This award-winning documentary tells the intergenerational stories of ordinary citizens responding to the policies, process, and institutions driving contemporary forms of spatial violence and gentrification in Cape Town, New York, and São Paulo. We are also excited to announce we will be joined by Co-Producer Najma Nuriddin for a discussion following the screening.

On Passover we move out of a narrow place of struggle towards a vision for a better world. Join us as we come together to connect our struggles globally and talk about how we can fight for a city, and a world, in which all are free.

May
2
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JCUA Organizing Fellowship Workshop
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Organizing Fellowship yearly cohort for college-aged young folks. Please visit jcua.org/organizingfellowship to learn more about the program.

May
7
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July JCore Meeting @ Sketchpad
May 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for our next JCore general membership meeting. The meeting will be from 6:15 until 8:00 PM at SketchPad (4700 N. Ravenswood Ave, Suite B – door on Leland). There will be an orientation for first time attendees at 6:00 PM. RSVP here.

Please note that JCore meetings are for JCUA members. Sign up for membership at jcua.org/membership

May
9
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Chicago Justice Series
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Avodah, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Mishkan Chicago, Repair the World and Silverstein Base Hillel for our third annual Chicago  Justice series. This year we will focus on themes of safety and security through a Jewish lens: examining our relationships as Jews to law enforcement historically and today, exploring local work on police accountability, and thinking about how various identities we hold may impact how we think about our own safety.

Register below for the series, which costs $25 a person and includes dinners at all sessions. If cost is a barrier to participation we are happy to work with you – we want this space to be accessible to everyone. Email Rabbi Megan (rabbimegan@gmail.com) and we will make it work!

Register through Mishkan Chicago’s page

Session Dates

  • Thursday February 21, 6:30-8:30

    What do safety and security look like to each of us? What could it look like? In the opening session of the cohort we will begin by situating ourselves in what makes us feel safe, how our intersecting identities impact that and in how we want to build Jewish community as a cohort addressing safety and security. We will engage with and reflect on sources from historians, thinkers and leaders that bring up different frameworks for understanding community safety and accountability.

  • Thursday March 28,  6:30-8:30

    What does Judaism teach us about safety? In this session we will bring in Jewish texts of different kinds to examine what our own traditions, values and practices tell us about the creation of safety, the role of police and other accountability systems. We will reflect upon what these mean for us now and how we want to continue unpacking meanings of safety through a Jewish lens.

  • Tuesday April 23, 6:30-8:30

    How do systems of policing and security impact those within them?In our third session we will develop an analysis of policing and safety that understands the systemic impact police have on society as well as the experiences of those who operate within the police system. We will engage with resources and text that illuminate how a system like the Chicago Police Department functions and how those working within it understand their role in building community safety.

  • Thursday May 9, 6:30-8:30

    Where do we go from here? Before our closing Shabbat on May 31st, this final session will provide space to think about how we bring what we have learned in this series to our daily lives. What this looks like will depend on the flow of the conversation thus far in the series. We will learn about ongoing campaign work around police accountability including ways to get involved and take action. There will also be space to brainstorm together about community safety planning in Jewish spaces, and other opportunities to continue unpacking issues around safety and security.

  • Friday May 31, 6-9 pm, Shabbat Dinner

 

Register through Mishkan Chicago’s page

May
24
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South Side Shabbat Justice Potluck @ Hyde Park Moishe House
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Are you a Jewish south sider who cares about justice issues? Join us for a South Side Base Building Potluck Shabbat on Friday, May 24, 2019! The dinner will be at Moishe House, 5203 S. Dorchester Ave., from 6:00-9:00pm. While sharing Shabbat together, we’ll have a guided conversation about how our South Side connections and identities inform the issues and concerns we have as Jews. This will be a chance to get to know each other and learn what the social justice issues are that matter most to us, our friends, and our neighbors specifically as South Siders. Come ready to learn and share!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 22, if you are able to join us on May 24. Additionally, please make sure that the food item you plan to bring is vegan to respect everyone’s kosher needs. Finally, an accessibility note: the venue has stairs to get to the entrance. Email estherbowen@jcua.org with questions.

May
31
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Chicago Justice Series Final Shabbat
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Avodah, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Mishkan Chicago, Repair the World and Silverstein Base Hillel for our third annual Chicago  Justice series. This year we will focus on themes of safety and security through a Jewish lens: examining our relationships as Jews to law enforcement historically and today, exploring local work on police accountability, and thinking about how various identities we hold may impact how we think about our own safety.

Register below for the series, which costs $25 a person and includes dinners at all sessions. If cost is a barrier to participation we are happy to work with you – we want this space to be accessible to everyone. Email Rabbi Megan (rabbimegan@gmail.com) and we will make it work!

Session Dates

  • Thursday February 21, 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday March 28,  6:30-8:30

  • Tuesday April 23, 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday May 9, 6:30-8:30

  • Friday May 31, 6-9 pm, Shabbat Dinner

 

Register through Mishkan Chicago’s page

Jun
4
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Police Accountability Committee Meeting
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for our Police Accountability Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30 pm at a south side location, TBD. RSVP here. 

Committee meetings are for JCUA members. Become a member here. 

Contact avra@jcua.org with questions.

Jun
20
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JCUA Congregation Partner Network Gathering @ TBD
Jun 20 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Jun
21
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Police Accountability Committee Meeting
Jun 21 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm

Join us for our Police Accountability Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 2nd at 6:30 pm at SketchPad, 4700 N. Ravenswood Blvd. RSVP here. 

Committee meetings are for JCUA members. Become a member here. 

Contact avra@jcua.org with questions.

Jun
26
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JCUA Immigration Committee Meeting @ TBD
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jun
29
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Juneteenth Havdalah @ Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken
Jun 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Juneteenth is the annual commemoration of the emancipation of Africans and African-Americans from slavery. It was first celebrated on June 19th, 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally made its way to Galveston, Texas.

In honor of this occasion, Kol Or is excited to invite you to our second annual Juneteenth Havdalah as we celebrate our freedom with a potluck, some learning, and fun! This event is family-friendly and is open to all. Guests welcome. We will complete the evening with Havdalah (note: Havdalah will take place earlier than the official time as Shabbat ends late that night).

Date/Time: Saturday, June 29th, 6:30 pm
Place: Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

6601 S Kedzie Ave

RSVP here: bit.ly/jcuajuneteenth19.

Want to help spread the word about JCUA’s Kol Or Juneteenth? You can also download a flyer for the event here.  Reach out to avra@jcua.org or Jackie@jcua.org for questions.

 

Jul
12
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Jewish and Japanese Community Dinner: Never Again is Now @ Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In preparation for the Take Action to End Criminalization, Detention & Deportations rally on July 13, JCUA is holding a joint Shabbat dinner with the Japanese American Citizens Leage (JACL). Because Jewish and Japanese Americans share a history of coercion and detention, it’s important for us to stand together against the administration’s cruel treatment and detention of immigrants. At the dinner, we’ll work together to create the banner for the July 13 rally.

Reach out to anna@jcua.org with questions.

Jul
13
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Take Action to End Criminalization, Detention, & Deportations @ Daley Center Plaza (East Side)
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

JCUA will join immigrants rights, social justice and grassroots organizing groups for the “Take Action to End Criminalization, Detention & Deportations” rally at Daley Center Plaza on July 13. We’ll be standing side-by-side with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) behind a banner that proclaims that Jewish and Japanese Americans reject detention of any kind.

Contact anna@jcua.org with questions.

Jul
24
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Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken EHC Community Health Fair @ Beth Shalom B'Nai Zaken EHC
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

2Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken EHC, one of JCUA’s congregation partners, hosts its annual community health fair. Services will include cancer screenings, dental exams, diabetes screenings, financial planning and more. Former JCUA board member Steven Rothschild will participate by providing free physical exams.

Jul
31
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JCore Meeting on Fair Tax @ Grace Place
Jul 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a JCore meeting on Tuesday, July 31 to discuss the exciting opportunities for JCUA to organize around the Fair Tax campaign. The Fair Tax referendum will be on the ballot in November 2020, and if passed, will allow the state of Illinois to tax wealthier residents at a higher rate to direct more money for public goods and services. JCUA has been a long-standing supporter of this campaign. We’re holding this meeting to discuss the impact of the referendum and to gather your ideas about how JCUA can best move forward.

RSVP here.

For more information, contact community organizer Avra Shapiro: avra@jcua.org

Aug
4
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Kol Or Meeting @ Flood's Hall
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for our August gathering of Kol Or.

JCUA’s Kol Or is a place for those who identify as Jews of Color to build community and play an intentional and influential role in the direction of JCUA’s work.

For more information, contact Jackie Baldwin: jackie@jcua.org or Cydney Wallace: cswallace12@gmail.com

Aug
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White Racial Justice Working Group Meeting @ Sketchpad
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The first meeting of JCUA’s new White Racial Justice Working Group. We’ll discuss our collective understanding of what it means for us to participate as white Jews in the fight for racial justice. We’ll share our personal and communal reasons for gathering in this intentional way and the role this effort can have in our lives, as JCUA members and beyond.

This meeting is open to all JCUA members who attended the Racial Justice Training in May. There will be dinner.

Reach out to avra@jcua.org for further questions.