Join the first 43rd/44th ward (Lincoln Park and Lakeview) base building meeting to build relationships with Jewish neighbors who share your values, get involved in JCUA’s local political work, and learn about the history and importance of base building power in your neighborhood!
No prior JCUA involvement necessary. We’d love to see anyone who lives in the 43rd or 44th ward, or has a connection to the area.
Join us for a trivia event on Sunday, January 31, where you can show off your knowledge of Famous Jews of Color, Civil Rights History, Chicago Fun Facts, and other topics!
This event is hosted by JCUA’s Kol Or Caucus for Jews of Color.
On Sunday, February 7th all are welcome 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!
RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRIz8aBn6dVErdaWaee9buOJiCSp5r7sEBsf8H-rfbpQCGJA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR16OpQPmF2QwCoc2tmmmbYBNX5kmbXJfEoCtdUoQlfXZ8XfX2VrrCUJ-Fc
JCUA is hosting a Racial Justice training for its congregation partner members.
Or Tzedek interns and other youth involved in JCUA’s organizing work will come together to complete their own campaign selection process and decide where they want to invest youth energy next.
Register here to join us on Thursday 3/25 from 3-4PM for Q&A about the details and implications of the criminal justice reform bill recently passed by the Illinois legislature.
Beckee Birger (Director of Education and Movement Building, JCUA) and Khadine Bennett (Director of Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs, ACLU-IL) will discuss how the bill relates to police accountability measures, what implementation will involve, and what we need to continue organizing around even after this bill passes.
We will send out a Zoom link before the event.
This is an additional Campaign Selection Process meeting. From 3:00-4:00 we will share the video of the presentations from the February 23 CSP Meeting #3, and then from 4:00-5:00 we will have open space for discussion and questions among members. We hope the additional discussion space on Sunday will allow JCUA members to check in with one another about the campaigns prior to the vote closing on Monday at 5:00 pm.
You can register here for this meeting.
RSVP here: https://forms.gle/2T2xn2UWPUebRyfu5
This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Or Tzedek Community Organizing Internship yearly cohort for teens. Click here to learn more, and reach out to Mara Wolkoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or interest.
Register here to join JCUA for a series of book discussions on the Battle of Lincoln Park by Daniel Kay Hertz! This is an opportunity to learn together about the history of gentrification and activism in our Chicago neighborhoods, and talk about the implications for the political work we do now.
We’ll discuss the first part of the book, Part 1: The Invention of Old Town, on Sunday March 7 from 4-5 PM, and Part 2: The Conservation of Lincoln Park on Sunday March 21 from 1-2 PM. The series will end with a Q&A and book talk with Daniel Hertz sometime in April, date TBD.
Suggestions for where to find the book are in the registration form. If you don’t have time to read the book in the next few weeks but still would like to learn with us, listening to Daniel Hertz’s interview on Episode 44 of The Lit Review Podcast would be good background for our discussions.
This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Organizing Fellowship yearly cohort for college-aged young folks. Please reach out to Mara Wolkoff (email@example.com) with questions or interest.
RSVP here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpd-CsrzguE9MGjNTFA3r283Q2G3GKdPju
Join of for our on-going series, The Torah of Organizing. In this session, which you can register for here, we’ll explore what the Torah has to say about policing. This will be an interactive, chavruta (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!
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. You can read more about it here.
Please register here for the Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of JCUA meeting.
The JCUA Immigration Committee is hosting a fundraiser for the Midwest Immigrant Bond Fund! We know that our communities have the resources to free people held in immigration detention here in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.
Join us for a relational fundraising training on Sunday, March 14th from 5-6:30 to get started, and on Thursday March 18th from 6-7:30 to make calls together. You can register for both here.
A regular meeting for JCUA’s youth organizing caucus – any high school aged person is welcome to attend! We will be building community and deciding where JCUA’s youth will be focussing their energy for the coming months. Reach out to Mara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marissa (email@example.com) with questions or interest!