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From the NewsBlog

Meet Or Tzedek’s Summer Staff
We would like to introduce two of our Or Tzedek summer counselors, Graie Barasch-Hagans and Hannah Arwe. We are excited to welcome such experienced and passionate people to the team.
Friday, April 18, 2014 4:46:32 PM

JCUA Responds to This Past Weekend’s Violence
As Jews across the country prepare for Passover, I am with my extended family in Los Angeles. Though the metropolitan area here is more than triple the size of Chicago, it is the Chicago weekend violence statistics that I am following, along with the shootings at two Jewish Community facilities in metropolitan Kansas City . […]
Monday, April 14, 2014 11:20:50 AM

46 Years Later: Connecting #mlk’s Last Speech to #abetterillinois
46 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In his last years, King focused his work on addressing the intersections between economic inequality, poverty and race. King was in Memphis to support the Memphis Sanitation Strike, a critical first campaign in his larger Poor People’s Campaign. In his last […]
Friday, April 04, 2014 1:50:31 PM

Tell Eric Cantor to Bring Comprehensive Immigration Reform to a Vote
We have a rare opportunity to break through the gridlock. In just a few days, Majority Leader Cantor is set to meet with Jewish constituents to hear why they support comprehensive immigration reform. Let’s unite with one message.
Monday, March 24, 2014 3:48:09 PM

Passover Seder: Stories of Violence and its Impact
JCUA's Annual Passover Seder: "From Handguns to Hope." Featuring Kevin Coval and the Louder than a Bomb 2014 Team. THURSDAY, APRIL 3, Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, 6601 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:35:24 AM

Jewish Teens to Mobilize 59th District Synagogues
At Or Tzedek and Beth Emet’s latest Jewish organizing workshop, Mark Walsh and Camiella Williams from the Illinois Council against Handgun Violence shared both statistical and personally powerful arguments for gun violence prevention legislation. Sixteen year old May Pat Hector, national youth director for National Action Network and founder of Youth in Action, spoke about […]
Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:57:21 PM

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Upcoming Events


Or Tzedek: Year of Action
12:30-2:30 pm, Sunday, April 13
Beth Emet, 1224 Dempster, Evanston
Registration required



Question Bridge: Black Males -
Mother to Son: A Frank Discussion
and Letters of Love
6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, May 1
DuSable Museum
740 E. 56th Place, Chicago
For more info. call 773-947-0600


Or Tzedek: Year of Action
12:30-2:30 pm, Sunday, May 18
Boocoo Cultural Center
1823 Church St, Evanston
Registration required


Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival
Visit JCUA's Booth
Sunday, June 8
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Jun 12

"Acts of Change"
Celebrating JCUA's 50th Anniversary
Thursday, June 12, 5:30 pm
Venue SIX10, Spertus Building
610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
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Or Tzedek Summer Program: "Advanced Activism"
June 15-29
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SAVE-THE-DATE: Iftar in the Synagogue
"Rekindle Our Faith, Renew Our Community"
Chicago Sinai Congregation
15 E. Delaware, Chicago


Or Tzedek Summer Program: "Activism and Community Organizing"
July 27 - Aug.10
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