JCUA Blog

Meet Summer Organizing Intern Maisie Smith

Categories: Interns & Internships
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Hi! My name is Maisie Smith and I am super excited to be an Organizing Intern for JCUA this summer. I can’t wait to learn more about how JCUA engages Jewish communities in work towards change around the issues that are most pressing to them. About me – I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts …

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Standing With My Community

Categories: Other
“No cop academy! 95 mil for a community!” The chants of passionate Chicagoans filled City Hall the morning of March 13. I found myself surrounded by angry members of my community as city council decided whether or not to fund Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $95 million cop academy. We stood around for hours, shouting relentlessly in …

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Chag Sameach from JCUA – Pursue Justice this Passover

Categories: Other
Every year on Passover the Jewish community has an opportunity to reflect on the connections between our history and tradition and the world we live in today. We retell the story of our ancestors’ oppression under slavery in Egypt – their forced, brutal labor, the terrible loss of life among their children and families, the tests to …

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Community Ventures Program (CVP) Invests in Veterans Housing

Categories: CVP
JCUA is excited to announce its newest CVP investment: the Roosevelt Road Veterans Housing Project, a 90-unit facility for veterans experiencing homelessness and veterans with disabilities. CVP provided a no-interest $100,000 loan to A Safe Haven to cover a portion of the predevelopment costs associated with the construction of this building in the North Lawndale …

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