Hi! My name is Danny Cooper, and I am the Organizing and Communications Intern this summer. I am very excited about the opportunity to contribute to JCUA’s important justice work, particularly in the current tumultuous political environment.
I grew up in New York City and am a rising senior at Northwestern University, where I am majoring in Journalism with a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, watching comedy, and spending time with my friends.
My recent involvement in the Jewish world has been focused on serving the communities around me, both through my work as co-president of the Northwestern chapter of Challah for Hunger and by forging new connections between the Jewish community and outside student organizations as the Outreach VP for the Northwestern Hillel Student Executive Board. My connection to Judaism has become much richer as a result, and I look forward to developing it even further with my work this summer.
JCUA stands out for me not only because of the meaningful campaigns its members and staff dedicate themselves to every day, but also the Jewish lens through which the organization views its justice work. Social justice is not simply consistent with my view of Judaism; rather, it is at its core, along with the mission to repair the world (tikkun olam). Especially at a moment when marginalized groups are being targeted and silenced in our country, I am pleased to be part of a group which has been standing up to injustice for over 50 years.
I am excited to explore how my passions for social justice and Judaism can be deepened and changed through my work with JCUA, and I can’t wait to see what real-world impact our work will have.