Or Tzedek teens take on the Bring Chicago Home campaign

Categories: Youth Programs
By Noa Polish, Or Tzedek cohort 2021-2022 Throughout Or Tzedek, we’ve been learning about organizing and where it exists on the continuum of change-making. (I’d always perceived organizing as the right way to enact change and other forms as somehow lesser, but I’ve been delighted to learn that all forms of action can, should, and …

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The creation of JCUA’s Youth Organizing Caucus

Categories: Youth Programs

By Claire Schwartz, Or Tzedek alum & co-founder of JCUA Youth Caucus I was a member of JCUA’s Or Tzedek teen internship program during the summer of 2018, where I learned about organizing and social justice from a Jewish perspective. I wanted to stay involved with JCUA when the program ended. Since I live on …

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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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The Future of Social Justice

Categories: Youth Programs
On August 2nd, Or Tzedek teens gathered in Millennium Park to register people to vote with folks from Chicago Votes and other youth from JUF Camp TOV. After a week of intensive learning on how to dismantle systems and tackle the root causes of injustice with community organizing, our teens were brimming with knowledge and …

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My Voice Has An Impact

Categories: Youth Programs
As MLK Day approached this year I knew that I wanted to do something meaningful. Before I had time to struggle searching for the right activity, a JCUA-related opportunity presented itself. At night, there was going to be the first “Chicago Justice Series” talk, this one about the history of housing contracts in Chicago. The …

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