Acts of Change is when our entire community comes together to recognize JCUA as Chicago’s Jewish voice for social justice. Featuring music, keynote speakers, and special guests, we will celebrate our recent victories and recommit to the work of transforming Chicago into a place that takes caBrire of all its residents. Please register and make a donation here.
Join us to honor the life and legacy of Rabbi Robert J. Marx (z”l).
This public memorial is accessible in person and online. We are gathering at Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation on Sunday, June 27 at 1:00 pm. Due to COVID restrictions, in person space is limited; please indicate below whether you plan to join in person or via livestream.
Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken EHC
6601 S. Kedzie
An opportunity to meet your fellow HEJ Committee members and begin to build relationships with one another as we begin our work with Bring Chicago Home. Join us! We’ll have a brief refresher on 1:1 best practices, and then get a chance to break out and get to know one another.
Monday, June 28
6:00 – 7:15 pm on Zoom
This year, JCUA will be offering our full-day Organizing 101 training virtually for our members. The training will be Sunday, July 11 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm on Zoom.
We have had great success translating our full-day trainings to a Zoom context, and we are excited to bring this training to our members this summer.
The training will cover Jewish connections to community organizing; power, values, relationships, and self-interest; one-on-one training; and effective meeting facilitation.
This training is a great opportunity for JCUA members, new and veteran, to learn and practice core organizing skills, meet other JCUA members, and gain a better understanding of JCUA’s method of social change.
Spots are limited for the training, and we will be prioritizing applications from members who have not attended an Organizing 101 or Organizing Basics training with JCUA previously. But we encourage all interested members to apply!
Please reach out to Anna Rubin (email@example.com) with any questions. Applications will close on Monday, June 28.
Join us for our monthly Housing and Economic Justice Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 14 at 6:00 pm on Zoom. Reach out to Anna Rubin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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 July meeting!
Please join us for our monthly meeting of the Community Safety Committee (formerly the Police Accountability Committee). Whether you are a regular or this is your first time, we would love to see you. Please register for the meeting here.
Our Jewish community is diverse, and some of us have stake in this issue because the color of our skin or where we live means we are more likely to face police misconduct. Some of us are compelled by this issue because of our history. Jews around the world descend from people that experienced state sanctioned violence, including pogroms, inquisitions, and genocide. Some of us feel these consequences as social workers, lawyers, and community organizers with relationships to heavily policed and systemically divested communities. As Jews, we feel we must take a stand because our tradition teaches us that all people are created in the image of God. To stay silent in the face of such injustice endangers our own humanity.
Join for some or all of the time to talk to our community about Bring Chicago Home! Reach out to Sophie (email@example.com) or RSVP here to coordinate times and location: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7GDhjBswevIAWZlUT_4nq6y73KM0T1rMHpBshb_xN3f6CCw/viewform
Please register here for our on-going series “The Torah of Organizing,” with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein. In this session, we’ll explore what the Torah has to say about wealth and wealth redistribution. 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 Sunday, August 8, at 1:30 PM. We will meet in person at the SE corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza. There is shade, and there are public restrooms! In the case of rain, we will meet on Zoom.
Come talk to our community about Bring Chicago Home! Reach out to Sophie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or RSVP here to coordinate times and location: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7GDhjBswevIAWZlUT_4nq6y73KM0T1rMHpBshb_xN3f6CCw/viewform
Join JCUA on Thursday, August 19, from 7-8:15PM for a new member orientation! Sign up here.
If you are new to JCUA in the last few months and feel like you’re still finding your place (even if you’ve already had a 1:1 or been to a committee meeting), then this is the right place for you!
In this call, JCUA staff, currently involved members, and new members will come together and learn about who makes up the JCUA community and how JCUA actually works, from learning about coalitions and committees to getting familiar with some basic building blocks of organizing.
The main content of the call is the first hour; in the (optional) final 15 minutes, there will be an opportunity to go into interest-based breakouts to ask more specific questions and land on some personal next steps for getting involved.
Sign up here to join the JCUA community and our coalition partners in celebrating the hard-won passage of the Empowered Communities for Public Safety ordinance in City Council!
Join us for our monthly Housing and Economic Justice Committee meeting on Tuesday, August 24 at 6:00 pm on Zoom. There will be a quick orientation at 5:45 pm for first time attendees or anyone who wants a quick refresher on the Bring Chicago Home campaign.
Reach out to Anna Rubin (email@example.com) with any questions.
RSVP here: https://forms.gle/8MbqvpYdN7Fiy8KY9
JCUA’s Community Ventures Program low-interest loan fund has helped an incredible local organization, the Chicago Furniture Bank, significantly increase its capacity as well as move to a new facility. Register here to join a staff-led tour of the new facility and to hear about the critical work the organization is undertaking to support the successful transformation of houses into homes.
Join us on Friday, October 8 from 5:30-6:00 PM, when we will gather for a Shabbat Call To Action outside Rep. Brad Schneider’s office to light candles, talk about why immigration justice is a Jewish issue, and ask Rep. Schneider to champion a path to citizenship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!