Hope Werstler on learning community organizing through a Jewish lens

Categories: Educational Programs, Or Tzedek / Teen Program, Organizing Fellowship, Other, Youth Programs
Hope Werstler is participating in the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ Or Tzedek organizing internship for teens in Chicagoland. The program aims to empower young Jewish leaders with the skills, knowledge and inspiration needed to pursue social change through a Jewish lens. The internship, which meets twice a month from September to May, offers participants …

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I Have a Voice and I Have Power

Categories: Or Tzedek / Teen Program
This summer I participated in Or Tzedek and the experience I had was absolutely amazing. Or Tzedek was made up of a group ten teens from Chicago and Florida. Usually, I’m very shy, so going to stay in the city for twelve days with no one I knew was kind of terrifying. However, after a …

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Or Tzedek Transforms Teens

Categories: JCUA Campaigns, Or Tzedek / Teen Program
“We need to start asking questions about the history we are learning and who is not included. That is how true tikkun olam happens.” ~Rabbi Capers Funnye These words from our visit to Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken, one of JCUA’s congregational partners, aptly frame this year’s Or Tzedek experience. We asked a lot of questions, …

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New Scholarships for Or Tzedek Teen Institute for Social Justice

Categories: JCUA Project and Campaign Endorsements, Or Tzedek / Teen Program
Dear JCUA Friends and Supporters, I am writing to you with a special Or Tzedek opportunity. In an effort to broaden our base of teens we have secured new funds to cover tuition. We are training a diverse community of teens interested in organizing for meaningul social change, and we want to make sure everyone can access our tools and resources. It has been …

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