Are you a Jewish south sider who cares about justice issues? Join us for a South Side Base Building Potluck Shabbat on Friday, May 24, 2019! The dinner will be at Moishe House, 5203 S. Dorchester Ave., from 6:00-9:00pm. While sharing Shabbat together, we’ll have a guided conversation about how our South Side connections and identities inform the issues and concerns we have as Jews. This will be a chance to get to know each other and learn what the social justice issues are that matter most to us, our friends, and our neighbors specifically as South Siders. Come ready to learn and share!
Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 22, if you are able to join us on May 24. Additionally, please make sure that the food item you plan to bring is vegan to respect everyone’s kosher needs. Finally, an accessibility note: the venue has stairs to get to the entrance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Join Avodah, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Mishkan Chicago, Repair the World and Silverstein Base Hillel for our third annual Chicago Justice series. This year we will focus on themes of safety and security through a Jewish lens: examining our relationships as Jews to law enforcement historically and today, exploring local work on police accountability, and thinking about how various identities we hold may impact how we think about our own safety.
Register below for the series, which costs $25 a person and includes dinners at all sessions. If cost is a barrier to participation we are happy to work with you – we want this space to be accessible to everyone. Email Rabbi Megan (email@example.com) and we will make it work!
Thursday February 21, 6:30-8:30
Thursday March 28, 6:30-8:30
Tuesday April 23, 6:30-8:30
Thursday May 9, 6:30-8:30
Friday May 31, 6-9 pm, Shabbat Dinner
Register through Mishkan Chicago’s page
In honor of this occasion, Kol Or is excited to invite you to our second annual Juneteenth Havdalah as we celebrate our freedom with a potluck, some learning, and fun! This event is family-friendly and is open to all. Guests welcome. We will complete the evening with Havdalah (note: Havdalah will take place earlier than the official time as Shabbat ends late that night).
Date/Time: Saturday, June 29th, 6:30 pm
Place: Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation
RSVP here: bit.ly/jcuajuneteenth19.
Want to help spread the word about JCUA’s Kol Or Juneteenth? You can also download a flyer for the event here. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie@jcua.org for questions.
In preparation for the Take Action to End Criminalization, Detention & Deportations rally on July 13, JCUA is holding a joint Shabbat dinner with the Japanese American Citizens Leage (JACL). Because Jewish and Japanese Americans share a history of coercion and detention, it’s important for us to stand together against the administration’s cruel treatment and detention of immigrants. At the dinner, we’ll work together to create the banner for the July 13 rally.
Reach out to email@example.com with questions.
JCUA will join immigrants rights, social justice and grassroots organizing groups for the “Take Action to End Criminalization, Detention & Deportations” rally at Daley Center Plaza on July 13. We’ll be standing side-by-side with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) behind a banner that proclaims that Jewish and Japanese Americans reject detention of any kind.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
2Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken EHC, one of JCUA’s congregation partners, hosts its annual community health fair. Services will include cancer screenings, dental exams, diabetes screenings, financial planning and more. Former JCUA board member Steven Rothschild will participate by providing free physical exams.
Join us for a JCore meeting on Tuesday, July 31 to discuss the exciting opportunities for JCUA to organize around the Fair Tax campaign. The Fair Tax referendum will be on the ballot in November 2020, and if passed, will allow the state of Illinois to tax wealthier residents at a higher rate to direct more money for public goods and services. JCUA has been a long-standing supporter of this campaign. We’re holding this meeting to discuss the impact of the referendum and to gather your ideas about how JCUA can best move forward.
For more information, contact community organizer Avra Shapiro: email@example.com
Join us for our August gathering of Kol Or.
JCUA’s Kol Or is a place for those who identify as Jews of Color to build community and play an intentional and influential role in the direction of JCUA’s work.
The first meeting of JCUA’s new White Racial Justice Working Group. We’ll discuss our collective understanding of what it means for us to participate as white Jews in the fight for racial justice. We’ll share our personal and communal reasons for gathering in this intentional way and the role this effort can have in our lives, as JCUA members and beyond.
This meeting is open to all JCUA members who attended the Racial Justice Training in May. There will be dinner.
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions.
JCUA along with a coalition of Jewish and local immigrant justice organizations hold a special vigil to acknowledge the immense human tragedy currently unfolding at our southern border, through the lens and rituals of Tisha b’Av.
Tisha B’Av (the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av) is a Jewish fast day that honors and mourns the brokenness, loss, and shattered ideals in whose shadow we live every day, symbolized by the destruction of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. The vigil will include selections from Eikha (the Biblical Book of Lamentations) alongside contemporary reflections, immigrant testimony, poetry, song and calls to action.
Join JCUA for a meeting with the Office of the Inspector General of Public Safety to learn about their recent report on Chicago’s Gang Database as well as how to utilize their Police Misconduct Portal. We will be joined by Inspector General Joe Ferguson. The meeting will be from 6:15 until 8:00 PM at the, Office of Inspector General, 740 N. Sedgwick, Suite 200.
Sign up for membership at jcua.org/membership.
Reach out to email@example.com with questions.
Join us on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 pm, at SketchPad for our ~monthly Immigration Committee meeting. If you are new to the committee, or want a refresher, there will be a brief orientation at 6:10 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
JCUA’s North Suburban Organizing Team presents an evening with Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Susan Shulman from the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, and attorney and activist Lee Goodman. We will hear about economic and systemic problems in our own neighborhoods and the connection between what we see here, within our immigrant community, and what is going on across the state and the country. We will think together about how to take action to support immigrant communities and move towards economic justice for all in the Northern Suburbs. All are welcome and encouraged to attend for this important educational session and conversation. Light refreshments will be served.
JCUA’s Kol Or is a place for those who identify as Jews of Color to build community and play an influential role in the direction of JCUA’s work. Meet in the Winter Garden of the library at 1:15 and in Room 3N-6 at 1:45.
Contact community organizer Jackie Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.