Updates from JCUA

Welcoming Rabbi Steven Philp to the JCUA Board

Categories: Jewish Community
Rabbi Steven Philp is an Associate Rabbi at Mishkan Chicago, a spiritual community reclaiming Judaism’s inspirational and transformative essence. He is currently a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow with 18Doors. Steven was ordained in 2019 by the Jewish Theological Seminary; he was a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. After graduation, he served as the Rabbinical Fellow at Park …

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JCUA leaders appear in Chicago “36 Under 36” list

Categories: Jewish Community
Congratulations to the nine JCUA members, staff, and partners who appear in this year’s “36 Under 36: Double Chai in the Chi,” which recognizes powerful Jewish leaders in the Chicago area. This demonstrates once again that JCUA is a thriving and indispensable part of the Chicago Jewish landscape. Please join us in offering an enormous …

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Introducing Our 2022 Summer Interns

Categories: Interns & Internships, Or Tzedek / Teen Program, Organizing Fellowship, Youth Programs

JCUA is excited to welcome our three summer interns to the team! Dalya Lessem Elnecave, Julia Stern, and Elie Katzman-Jacobson are all alums of JCUA’s Youth Organizing programs for teens and young adults. This summer, they’ll work on our Bring Chicago Home and Treatment Not Trauma campaigns and strengthen their organizing skills. Get to know …

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Dalya Lessem Elnecave D’var Torah on homelessness

Categories: Other
On Saturday, June 4, Dalya Lessem Elnecave, a youth organizer with JCUA, delivered the following D’var Torah at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. Shabbat Shalom. If I could see a show of hands, how many of you all have moved at least once in your life? Now keep your hands up if you would describe …

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Ezra Adamski on Lobbying Day in Springfield

Categories: Immigration Justice
It’s easy to forget how great the Midwestern emptiness is once you escape Chicago’s city limits. The city keeps us alive, with constant light and noise and movement; out here, the horizon and the highway are one and the same. A gray and rainy dawn broke over our drive towards Springfield. JCUA members were making …

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