Sign up here us for our on-going series, The Torah of Organizing. This time, Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein will lead us through a Torah study on the topic of shmita, the Jewish “sabbatical year” where we don’t harvest the fields, indentured servants are released, and many debts are cancelled. What do these things mean for us in 2021? Join us to talk about exactly that question with other JCUA members!
This will be an interactive, havruta (paired-learning) event. This will be an all-levels-are-welcome space, so if you’ve never explored Torah in this way before, this is a perfect place to start. All you need is curiosity and the desire to learn with other JCUA community members!
This session will be on Zoom, and will take place on Wednesday, December 15, from 6:30-7:45PM.
In addition, Lily Ginsberg and Maetal Gerson will be hosting a pre-event communal space for young adults and JCUA college fellowship alumni to process and connect through art and discussion before diving into the text study with the larger community.
Register here for ECPS Ordinance and District Council Teach In.
At the teach-in, you’ll learn more details about the role of the District Councils, hear about the 66 newly created elected positions — what their jobs might be like and hear a bit about what qualifications you need to be a District Council Rep.
Learn more about this unique role to help shape public safety in your neighborhood with us
Sign up here for the January meeting of JCUA’s housing & economic justice committee, where we’re fighting to make sure all of our neighbors are housed and that our city and state’s resources are distributed more justly. Our current campaign is Bring Chicago Home which seeks to create a dedicated revenue stream for homelessness.
This program is for members of JCUA’s Or Tzedek teen organizing fellowship. For more information about the fellowship, please contact Mara Wolkoff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please join the January meeting of JCUA’s community safety committee, where we will share updates about our active campaigns, and strategize about next steps.
The Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is a space for those who identify as Jews of Color to gather, build community, and organize for systemic social change. Made up of Jews of Color from across Chicago, Kol Or plays an important role in JCUA’s work to transform our city into a more just and equitable place.
If you identify as a Jew of Color, please join us for our January meeting!
Join Mishkan (one of JCUA’s congregational partners!) for a presentation on the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance. Please email email@example.com for the Zoom link.
Register here to join us for a day of learning on racial justice as a Chicagoland Jewish community. This day will be multifaceted and have programming for all ages. It will provide space to speak about white supremacy, to discuss the nature of racism in Jewish life, and to hold up the diversity of our Jewish community. We will begin with prayer and reflection and then learn from many teachers, most of whom identify as Jews of Color (JOC). Participants are welcome to join for one session, a few or all day!
JCUA will be holding a teen session. Our Jews of Color Caucus, Kol Or, will be holding a space for JOC.
Register here to join JCUA’s first Non-Violent Direct Action Training! This training is meant to give JCUA members the theoretical background, skills, and grounding necessary to participate in non-violent direct action, including potential civil disobedience. Attending the training is not a commitment to join any action, but we hope that attendees will be open to taking action with JCUA and our coalition partners in the future.
As of now, the training will be held in-person. All participants must send proof of vaccination in advance, get a negative COVID test that week, and wear a mask throughout the training. We will be monitoring COVID numbers in advance of the training, and let you know if anything changes.
Sign up here to join the February meeting of JCUA’s housing & economic justice committee, where we’re fighting to make sure all of our neighbors are housed and that our city and state’s resources are distributed more justly. Our current campaign is Bring Chicago Home, which seeks to create a dedicated revenue stream for homelessness.