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Rethinking Revolutionary
By Anna Rubin JCUA’s AVODAH Organizing Fellow On January 27, JCUA traveled to Springfield with the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) to protest the continuing budget impasse during Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address. The night before, my AVODAH bayit had a program called “Jews and the Civil Rights Movement.” We had the opportunity to […]
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:58:49 AM

Fingers on the Pulse
By David Feinberg JCUA Board of Directors I first learned of JCUA after a chance meeting at the Bucktown Arts Festival.  My family and I had recently moved to Chicago, and I was looking for a way to live my Judaism that connected with my values and the values I want to impart to my […]
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 4:13:08 PM

See Something, Say Something
Illinois State Budget Crisis Continues Join JCUA in Springfield on January 27! By Lisa Bendoff JCUA Member I’m writing this post as Illinois slogs into its sixth month without a budget. Governor Rauner, aided by a divided legislature, seems to be showing a tremendous indifference towards the citizens of his state. Illinois’ residents are being pushed […]
Friday, January 08, 2016 10:05:02 AM

Members Make A Difference
By Randi Stern JCUA Member The day after Randi presented this reflection, the University of Chicago announced they would open a Level I Adult Trauma Center on their campus. You can read the coalition’s statement about the announcement here. It has been quite an inspiring and educational year for me to be a member of […]
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:35:46 AM

Rabbis and Community Members Take to the Bimah to Demand Justice for Chicago’s South Side
By Avra Shapiro JCUA Member On the first Sunday of November, I went to shul. It was not Shabbat, nor was it a holiday, but it was a deeply spiritual day, a day that folded itself beautifully into the rhythm of Jewish life just like any other Jewish celebration. JCUA hosted “L’Chaim! A Community Meeting for […]
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 4:03:05 PM

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Feeding the Hungry - A Muslim Jewish Community Building Event
Sunday, February 21
10 AM - 12:00 PM
Downtown Islamic Center
213 S. State Street, Chicago
Join JCUA and the Downtown Islamic Center for a morning of service and bridge building at "Feed the Hungry". Jews and Muslims from across the city will come together to pack and distribute lunches to individuals experiencing homelessness in Downtown Chicago.
RSVP and more info


Trauma Center Campaign Discussions
Organizing + Allyship
Tuesday March 1, 7 PM
Mishkan - 4001 N. Ravenswood
Friday, March 18, 7:30 PM
Solel - 1301 Clavey Rd, Highland Park
Sunday, March 27, Time TBD
Beth Emet - 1224 Dempster, Evanston
Join JCUA at congregations across Chicagoland for a presentation about the trauma center campaign, and what we as a Jewish community can learn about organizing, solidarity and allyship.
Contact Daniel Kaplan for more info
daniel@jcua.org or 312-663-0960


JCUA Member Mingle
Thursday, March 10
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Yusho Restaurant
2853 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago
Join JCUA members on for an evening of socializing, networking and meeting new people! Your RSVP includes light appetizers and one drink.
RSVP and more info


JCUA's Passover Seder

Monday, April 11
Beth Emet Synagogue
1224 Dempster, Evanston
Stay tuned for more information.

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