“Or Tzedek introduced me to a number of complex systems and injustices that I was very unaware of prior to this program. The program transformed me into a more informed citizen, sparking my desire to work to make change in my own community and the greater Chicago area.”
– Lauren, Or Tzedek Alum, 2015

“Or Tzedek was a life changing experience for my daughter. She had great leadership experiences, loved exploring the city and learning about the issues facing not just Jews but people across Chicago, and made lasting friendships. One of her favorite parts were the deep conversations the kids had about issues of antisemitism, racism, inequalities in our education systems, etc. She appreciated the way Or Tzedek approached these topics, treating the teens as citizens of the world and not silly teenagers. An invaluable experience and she can’t wait to learn more about how she can help repair the world this summer.”
 – Rachel, Or Tzedek Parent, 2016 & 2017

“Participation in Or Tzedek opened my mind up to the complexities of social justice work and gave me a deeper understanding than I ever thought possible!”
– Leora, Or Tzedek Alum, 2015 & 2016


“Both my children have participated in Or Tzedek, and they each have walked away with different, but very positive experiences.  My daughter was inspired by the depth of ways to become engaged with the community and the power of collective involvement and awareness.  For my son, he realized the powerful impact that organizing can have.  The issue that spoke to him most was the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights; he was so moved after talking to those whose lives it would affect.  Or Tzedek is transformative in ways beyond the program, and will stay w/them I am sure for years to come.”
– Bekki, Or Tzedek Parent, 2011, 2012 & 2015


“Or Tzedek really engaged Gabe. At the end of the program, he had a much deeper understanding of social justice through Judaism. He also had a renewed connection to Jewish practice.”
-Melissa, Or Tzedek Parent, 2016