To win a world of safety and liberation, we need young people leading the fight. Facing economic inequality, climate change, and identity-based oppression, teens and young adults are rising up to exert a more just vision of the future.

Carrying forward the rich history of Jewish youth activism, JCUA is creating spaces for young Jews to become agents for change. The Or Tzedek Organizing Internship and Organizing Fellowship bring together cohorts of teens and young adults from across Chicago and its suburbs to explore community organizing through a Jewish lens. Over eight months, participants learn the history of Jewish activism and resistance, gain critical organizing skills, and take action on active grassroots campaigns in Chicago. Participants become powerful organizers, and many program alumni remain part of the JCUA community as members of our multi-generational organizing committees.

Or Tzedek

The Or Tzedek Organizing Internship, for high school students ages 14-18, meets twice a month from September to May on Sunday afternoons, with an additional commitment of attending at least one JCUA meeting or event each month. Participants build rich community with other young Jews and work together to organize a youth-led action at the end of the program. Learn more, and apply for the 2022-23 Or Tzedek cohort.

Organizing Fellowship

The JCUA Organizing Fellowship, for young adults ages 18-23, meets twice a month from October to May on weekday evenings. Alongside regular workshops, Organizing Fellows attend JCUA actions and events throughout the year and conduct one-on-one relationship-building conversations with each another and the broader JCUA community. Throughout the program, participants develop a dynamic understanding of Jewish identity and tradition and take action on JCUA’s campaigns for immigration justice, affordable housing, and community safety. Learn more, and apply for the 2022-23 Organizing Fellowship cohort.

If you’d like to get involved in JCUA’s youth organizing, but don’t feel ready to commit to an eight-month program, there are still ways to join us! JCUA’s Youth Organizing Caucus and Queer Youth Caucus meet regularly and are always looking for new members! To learn more about all of JCUA’s Youth Organizing programs, please email Mara Wolkoff, Manager of Youth Engagement: