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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Coming Into Focus

Categories: Organizing Fellowship

As I reflect on the first half of JCUA’s Organizing Fellowship, the phrase that comes to mind is “coming into focus.” When I began the fellowship in August, I had a vague notion of my Jewish identity and relationship to organizing that I had been developing over the past few years in college and my …

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My Jewish Social Justice Manifesto

Categories: Organizing Fellowship
My Judaism grounds me in tradition, teaches me about myself, and motivates me to mobilize for social justice. Even during periods when I felt disconnected from organized Jewish life, finding Jewish community in organizers, advocates, and students made me feel at home. Jewish tradition and community are fundamental parts of how I understand my identity. …

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Love Letter to Chicago

Categories: Organizing Fellowship
As a JCUA organizing fellow, I spent the past year building and growing my skills when it comes to organizing and activism in local, community settings. As I reflect on what it means to do social justice work, and as I transition from a JCUA organizing fellow to a full-fledged member, I’ve begun to understand …

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