Organizing Fellowship

The JCUA Organizing Fellowship is a seven-month social justice initiative that offers young adults, ages 18-23, the opportunity to learn community organizing through a Jewish lens and gain experience working on local campaigns for racial and economic justice.

Fellows join a cohort of young Jews from across the city and suburbs, where they develop and strengthen their Jewish social justice identities, while building organizing skills to combat the root causes of inequity in Chicago through progressive, systemic change.

Organizing Fellows meet twice a month from October to May on weekday evenings. Alongside regular workshops, Fellows attend JCUA actions and events throughout the year and conduct one-on-one relationship-building conversations with each other 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. Fellows dive deep into concepts of power, intersectionality, and systemic oppression; learn the history and building blocks of organizing in Chicago: building people power, developing campaigns, creating effective direct action; actively participate in JCUA’s current campaign work; and build Jewish social justice community with young people from across Chicagoland.

To learn more about the Organizing Fellowship and JCUA’s Youth Programs, please contact Mara Wolkoff, Manager of Youth Engagement: