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Bring Chicago Home: 5th Ward Canvassing
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help out with canvassing for the Bring Chicago Home Campaign! We’re collecting postcards from constituents to push city council to support this important plan to fight homelessness.

Shifts are from 10am – 12pm and from 12pm – 2pm. No canvassing experience necessary!

Email jacob@jcua.org to RSVP.

Bring Chicago Home is a coalition comprised of people experiencing homelessness and community, policy and direct-service organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness in Chicago. As one of the lead organizations. JCUA is pushing for a change in the Real Estate Transfer Tax to create a dedicated revenue stream that would go to housing 20,000 households over the next 10 years. Over the next 3 months, we will be gathering community support to tell the Alderpeople of Chicago that they must support this ordinance!

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Housing and Economic Justice Committee Meeting
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Please join us for the monthly meeting of the Housing and Economic Justice committee, where we will discuss and plan for the campaign we’re currently working on, Bring Chicago Home. Please register here to join us.

Dec
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Bringing It Home: Interfaith Roundtable on Homelessness in Chicago
Dec 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring Chicago Home’s Interfaith Table will be hosting religious leaders from different communities across Chicago to share teachings on housing and homelessness, and share details about the BCH campaign.

Please register here to join us!

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Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Dec 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Regular meeting for JCUA’s Organizing Fellowship for young adults ages 18-23.

To hear more, please contact Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org), JCUA’s Manager of Youth Engagement.

Dec
12
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Bring Chicago Home Canvassing in Hyde Park + Learning/Community get-together at KAM Israel
Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

JCUA will be hosting a housing justice session in Hyde Park before sending volunteers off to canvass in the 4th ward for our Bring Chicago Home campaign to address Chicago’s homelessness crisis. Sign up here to join us on the South Side to learn about its history and why what we are doing is so important!

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Or Tzedek Teen Organizing Internship Meeting
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Regular meeting for JCUA’s Or Tzedek Organizing Internship for high school students! This is a closed meeting for Or Tzedek participants.

Please contact Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org), JCUA’s Manager of Youth Engagement to learn more.

Dec
14
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Monthly Immigration Committee Meeting
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 pm for our ~monthly Immigration Committee meeting on Zoom. There will be an orientation for new committee members at 5:40 pm.

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The Torah of Organizing: Shmita
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

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.

Jan
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ECPS Ordinance and District Council Teach In
Jan 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

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

Jan
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Monthly Immigration Committee Meeting
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sign up here to join the January meeting of JCUA’s immigration committee, where we will share updates about our active campaigns, and strategize about next steps.

Jan
13
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Monthly Housing and Economic Justice Committee Meeting
Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

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.

Jan
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Or Tzedek/Repair the World restorative justice workshop
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This program is for members of JCUA’s Or Tzedek teen organizing fellowship. For more information about the fellowship, please contact Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org).

Jan
20
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Monthly Community Safety Committee Meeting
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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.

Jan
23
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Or Tzedek workshop: prison and police abolition
Jan 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This program is for members of JCUA’s Or Tzedek teen organizing fellowship. For more information about the fellowship, please contact Mara Wolkoff ().

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Kol Or Meeting
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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!

Jan
25
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Anshe Emet Gang Database Panel
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sign up here to join JCUA and Anshe Emet to learn about the campaign to erase the Chicago Gang Database.

Jan
27
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ECPS presentation
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Mishkan (one of JCUA’s congregational partners!) for a presentation on the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance. Please email joe@jcua.org for the Zoom link.

Feb
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Racial Justice Day of Learning
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

Feb
10
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JCUA North Suburban Organizing Team Meeting
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

We will be meeting next on Thursday, February 10th from 7:30 – 8:45 pm on Zoom. Please fill out this RSVP form to let us know if you can make it!

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JCUA North Suburban Organizing Team Meeting
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

We will be meeting next on Thursday, February 10th from 7:30 – 8:45 pm on Zoom. Please fill out this RSVP form to let us know if you can make it!