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South Side town hall for Bring Chicago Home @ Hyde Park
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sign up here for this Town Hall meeting for residents of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th Wards. The town hall will give residents an opportunity to learn about homelessness in Chicago and what the Bring Chicago Home Campaign is doing to address it, and allow people the opportunity to directly encourage their alderpeople to support this important legislation.

Mar
24
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Community Safety Committee Monthly Meeting @ Zoom
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please register here to join us for the virtual monthly meeting of our Community Safety Committee. We will have a brief orientation for new committee members at 5:40PM.

About the committee:

Formerly known as the Police Accountability Committee, Community Safety is committed to ensuring restorative and power-shifting approaches to criminal justice and policing. JCUA members are passionate about these issues for a variety of reasons. As a multiracial organization, we recognize many of our members are further exposed to police violence because of their racial identity or where they live. As organizers, social workers, and other community workers, we see the impact of communities being heavily policed and systemically divested from. As Jews, we know that our ancestors have survived state-sanctioned violence, and that we have a responsibility to speak up about those who are experiencing it today. Guided by these recognitions and values, JCUA members spent years working on the GAPA (Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability) and ECPS (Empowering Communities for Public Safety) ordinances to give communities a powerful voice in determining what policing, policy, and reform in Chicago looks like. After ECPS passed in City Council this summer, JCUA is at the forefront of ensuring a successful implementation of the Community C0mmission on Public Safety.

Mar
27
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Or Tzedek workshop: Organizing 101, action planning
Mar 27 @ 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 ().

Mar
28
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For We Were Strangers: Refugee Resettlement in Our Own Backyard @ Zoom
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please sign up here to join the JCUA North Suburban Organizing Team for a learning and action event with our partners at HIAS and the JCUA Immigration Committee, being kicked off by Rabbi Ari Margolis from Congregation Or Shalom.

We will learn why and how we as a Jewish community can, and must, take action to support refugee families in IL, look at current refugee resettlement through a Jewish (and Passover) lens, and provide action steps for how you can support refugees in IL.

Mar
30
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Immigration Committee monthly meeting @ Zoom
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Register here to join us for our monthly Immigration Committee meeting on Zoom. There will be an orientation for new committee members at 5:40 pm.

About the committee:

JCUA became involved in organizing for immigrant’s rights shortly after the election of Donald Trump in November 2016. Many members of Chicago’s progressive Jewish community were compelled to take action against the Trump campaign’s hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric, guided by their Jewish values of welcoming the stranger and their Jewish family’s complex histories with immigration. Originally named “Do Not Stand Idly By,” JCUA’s Immigrant Justice Committee became a consistent facet of the organization’s work. In order to connect with Chicago’s powerful immigrant community, JCUA joined ICIRR, the Illinois Coalition for Refugee Rights, which works at the city, state, and federal levels to pass legislation that makes Illinois more welcoming for immigrant families and communities. Recently, members have supported campaigns limiting local law enforcement interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), erasing Chicago’s Gang Database, and providing a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented people in the United States.

Apr
3
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For We Were Strangers: Training for Joint JCUA/HIAS Fundraiser @ Zoom
Apr 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Passover is when Jews retell the story of leaving Egypt to find safety. In that spirit, JCUA is holding “For We Were Strangers” — a joint fundraiser with HIAS Chicago to support refugee resettlement. Half of the money raised will support the HIAS Welcome Fund, which serves refugee families as they settle into Chicago. Our fundraiser will kick off with a Relational Fundraising Training–please register here!–where we’ll dive into issues of wealth and class and learn relational fundraising skills.

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Or Tzedek workshop: understanding anti-Semitism
Apr 3 @ 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 ().

Apr
12
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The Torah of Organizing: Wealth & Class @ Zoom
Apr 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Please register here to join us for this event! In our ongoing Torah of Organizing series, Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein facilitates conversations that draw connections between Jewish scripture and contemporary movements for social justice. In this session, we’ll explore what the Torah has to say about class, wealth, and wealth redistribution. No experience with text study is necessary! This event is connected to JCUA’s joint fundraising campaign with HIAS Chicago to support refugee families. You can sign up to attend here.

Apr
24
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Or Tzedek workshop
Apr 24 @ 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 ().

Apr
26
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Immigration Committee Monthly Meeting @ Zoom
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Register here to join us for our ~monthly Immigration Committee meeting on Zoom. There will be an orientation for new committee members at 5:40 pm.

About the committee:

JCUA became involved in organizing for immigrant’s rights shortly after the election of Donald Trump in November 2016. Many members of Chicago’s progressive Jewish community were compelled to take action against the Trump campaign’s hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric, guided by their Jewish values of welcoming the stranger and their Jewish family’s complex histories with immigration. Originally named “Do Not Stand Idly By,” JCUA’s Immigrant Justice Committee became a consistent facet of the organization’s work. In order to connect with Chicago’s powerful immigrant community, JCUA joined ICIRR, the Illinois Coalition for Refugee Rights, which works at the city, state, and federal levels to pass legislation that makes Illinois more welcoming for immigrant families and communities. Recently, members have supported campaigns limiting local law enforcement interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), erasing Chicago’s Gang Database, and providing a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented people in the United States.

Apr
28
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Community Safety Committee Meeting @ Zoom
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us for the monthly meeting of our community safety committee! We will have a small orientation for new members at 5:40PM. The meeting link is here.

Apr
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Kol Or Shabbat Dinner @ Shared upon RSVP
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We welcome individuals who identify as Jews of Color to our quarterly Kol Or Shabbat! Please register here.

This is a chance to connect, build deeper relationships, and to learn about the work we do in the JCUA community. We will eat, sing, chat, and brainstorm ways of making our community more even more vibrant! Children and teens are welcome and encouraged to come–we will be providing light programming for young folk.

May
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Kol Or Monthly Meeting @ Zoom
May 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kol Or welcomes those who identify as Jews of Color to our monthly meeting. Please register here!

May
10
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JCore Membership Meeting @ Zoom
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please register here to join us for JCUA’s JCore meeting on Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Zoom to discuss the possibility of JCUA launching a 501(c)4 sibling organization.

We hope to have a WIDE representation of JCUA’s membership present on May 10 to:

-Learn about what a C4 organization is and what starting one could mean for JCUA

-Hear from your fellow JCUA members about their excitements, questions, and concerns about launching a C4 organization

-Provide feedback as a membership about the possibility of launching a C4 organization

May
12
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Immigration Committee Picnic @ Welles Park Gazebo
May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

It’s finally warm enough to spend time outside, and we have a lot of wins to celebrate! Instead of a May committee meeting, join the JCUA Immigration Committee for a picnic! RSVP here.

May
25
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Re-Screening of C4 Discussion #1 @ Zoom
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Register here to join us. This is the first of three follow up sessions where the May 10 JCore presentation on JCUA starting a 501(c)4 sibling organization will be re-screened. There will then be time for continued discussion and question asking/answering. This session is on Zoom. If you attended the May 10 session but want to have further discussion with other JCUA members about the proposal and/or have questions for staff or members, feel free to join around 6:40 pm as we’ll spend the first ~40 min rescreening the presentation from the May 10 meeting for those who weren’t able to attend.

May
26
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Community Safety Committee Monthly Meeting @ Zoom
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please register here [zoom link to come] to join us for our virtual monthly meeting of our Community Safety Committee. We will have a brief orientation for new committee members at 5:40PM.

About the committee:

Formerly known as the Police Accountability Committee, Community Safety is committed to ensuring restorative and power-shifting approaches to criminal justice and policing. JCUA members are passionate about these issues for a variety of reasons. As a multiracial organization, we recognize many of our members are further exposed to police violence because of their racial identity or where they live. As organizers, social workers, and other community workers, we see the impact of communities being heavily policed and systemically divested from. As Jews, we know that our ancestors have survived state-sanctioned violence, and that we have a responsibility to speak up about those who are experiencing it today. Guided by these recognitions and values, JCUA members spent years working on the GAPA (Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability) and ECPS (Empowering Communities for Public Safety) ordinances to give communities a powerful voice in determining what policing, policy, and reform in Chicago looks like. After ECPS passed in City Council this summer, JCUA is at the forefront of ensuring a successful implementation of the Community C0mmission on Public Safety.

Jun
2
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Acts of Change 2022 @ Chicago History Museum
Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for Acts of Change on June 2nd! You can buy tickets and/or make a donation of any amount here.

After moving online for two years, we’re excited to host Acts of Change on June 2nd at 5:30 pm at the beautiful (outdoor!) plaza of the Chicago History Museum. We look forward to welcoming the members, supporters, partners, and friends who make JCUA the powerful organization it is.

(The standard ticket price is $300. If this amount is cost prohibitive and you’d like to attend the event, please fill out this short form and we will reach out with additional options.)

Jun
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South Side Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: night of social justice learning
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Register here to join this night of learning!

JCUA and KAM Isaiah Israel are cosponsoring a Southside Social Justice Tikkun Leil Shavuot (night of study for Shavuot). Shavuot celebrates the moment when Jews received the Torah at Sinai; nighttime learning as a community allows us to tap into this moment of revelation! We will have multiple learning sessions, a Ma’ariv (evening) service, music, and snacks to sustain us along with cheesecake and informal time to connect by the KAMII fire pit on Greenwood Plaza.

KAMII, 18 Doors, JCUA, Keshet for LGBTQ+ Equality, Moishe House, Nichols Park Minyan and Repair the World are excited to have you join us for a night of learning, bonfire, song and cheesecake!

Teachers from these partner organizations will share what Judaism can teach us about committing to tikkun olam, repairing the world.

Jun
8
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JCUA North Suburban Organizing Team Meeting
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This month, we’ll circle back on some proposed environmental justice campaigns for the North Suburban Organizing Team to work on moving forward, including work with Dayenu and the IL Green New Deal Coalition, as well as discuss possible future racial justice training for the team. Join us to learn how JCUA members in the North Suburbs are taking action locally together!

 

RSVP here.