Event Calendar

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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
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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.

Aug
11
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How Desolate Lie Our Borders: A Tisha B’Av Vigil @ pin Jerome Combs Detention Center
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

JCUA along with a coalition of Jewish and local immigrant justice organizations hold a special vigil to acknowledge the immense human tragedy currently unfolding at our southern border, through the lens and rituals of Tisha b’Av.

Tisha B’Av (the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av) is a Jewish fast day that honors and mourns the brokenness, loss, and shattered ideals in whose shadow we live every day, symbolized by the destruction of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. The vigil will include selections from Eikha (the Biblical Book of Lamentations) alongside contemporary reflections, immigrant testimony, poetry, song and calls to action.

RSVP here.

Aug
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Meeting with Office of the Inspector General of Public Safety @ Office of the Inspector General
Aug 13 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Join JCUA for a meeting with the Office of the Inspector General of Public Safety to learn about their recent report on Chicago’s Gang Database as well as how to utilize their Police Misconduct Portal. We will be joined by Inspector General Joe Ferguson. The meeting will be from 6:15 until 8:00 PM at the, Office of Inspector General, 740 N. Sedgwick, Suite 200.
RSVP here. 

Sign up for membership at jcua.org/membership.

Reach out to avra@jcua.org with questions.

Sep
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The Fight for Immigrant and Economic Justice in Our Own Backyards @ Am Shalom
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

JCUA’s North Suburban Organizing Team presents an evening with Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, staff from the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, and attorney and activist Lee Goodman. We will hear about economic and systemic problems in our own neighborhoods and the connection between what we see here, within our immigrant community, and what is going on across the state and the country. We will think together about how to take action to support immigrant communities and move towards economic justice for all in the Northern Suburbs. All are welcome and encouraged to attend for this important educational session and conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP here. For more information, contact Anna Rubin: anna@jcua.org