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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.)