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Torah of Organizing: Housing @ Zoom
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us 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 housing. 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!

Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00 pm on Zoom

May
27
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IL Way Forward Rally + Press Conference @ ICE Headquarters
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jun
2
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PAC Committee Meeting–June
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jun
3
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Acts of Change outreach hour
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Register here to help us invite JCUA members to register for and support Acts of Change 2021! We will provide you with everything you need in order to be successful (a list of people, a call script, etc.), and are grateful for your help!

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Final Or Tzedek Meeting of the Year! @ In person (Or Tzedek participants only)
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Closing workshop for Or Tzedek Teen Community Organizing Internship

Jun
8
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JCUA Housing and Economic Justice Committee Meeting @ Zoom
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jun
10
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Acts of Change outreach hour
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Register here to help us invite JCUA members to register for and support Acts of Change 2021! We will provide you with everything you need in order to be successful (a list of people, a call script, etc.), and are grateful for your help!

Jun
13
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Youth Day of Action for #EraseTheDatabase
Jun 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
We are so excited for our day of action for the Erase the Database campaign. This event will be virtual via zoom on Sunday, June 13th at 4:00 PM Central Time. During our day of action, we will be doing a teach in, social media work, and phone bank/texting. We hope to see you all there–please register here!
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Acts of Change outreach hour
Jun 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Register here to help us invite JCUA members to register for and support Acts of Change 2021! We will provide you with everything you need in order to be successful (a list of people, a call script, etc.), and are grateful for your help!

Jun
16
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JCUA Immigration Committee Meeting @ TBD
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Jun
17
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Acts of Change outreach hour
Jun 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Register here to help us invite JCUA members to register for and support Acts of Change 2021! We will provide you with everything you need in order to be successful (a list of people, a call script, etc.), and are grateful for your help!

Jun
19
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Juneteenth Havdalah with Kol Or
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of JCUA as we commemorate the emancipation of Africans from slavery. Register here.

Jun
20
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Acts of Change outreach hour
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Register here to help us invite JCUA members to register for and support Acts of Change 2021! We will provide you with everything you need in order to be successful (a list of people, a call script, etc.), and are grateful for your help!

Jun
22
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Acts of Change
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Jun
27
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Memorial for Rabbi Robert J. Marx @ Livestream OR Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken EHC
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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
Chicago, IL

If you have questions about the event, email Bruce Elder (rabbi@hakafa.org) or Jane Ramsey (jane@just-ventures.com).

Jun
28
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Housing and Economic Justice Committee 1:1 Night @ Zoom
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

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

Jul
11
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JCUA Organizing 101 Training @ Zoom
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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 (anna@jcua.org) with any questions. Applications will close on Monday, June 28.

Jul
14
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JCUA Housing and Economic Justice Committee Meeting @ Zoom
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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 (anna@jcua.org) with any questions.

Jul
18
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Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus meeting
Jul 18 @ 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 July meeting!

Jul
21
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July Public Safety Committee Meeting
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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.