Or Tzedek Newsletter

Or Tzedek Summer Activism 2015

RegistRATION FOR THIS unforgettable program is open now

Change Your World

Summer 2014 was a great success, with our group of teens deeply involved with social justice. Now we're planning our schedule and programming for the summer of 2015. Updates will be posted here soon.

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For more information about Or Tzedek, please contact:

Deborah Goldberg | deborah@jcua.org
Coordinator of Teen Programs
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
312.663.0960 ext. 124


"Because of Or Tzedek I have so much knowledge about social justice issues and how to combat them. I have the resources and skills to look deeper into an issue and become an activist to fight an injustice."

--Meirav Malter, Advanced Activism '13

"One thing I'll take with me that I learned on Or Tzedek is to love what you do and put your whole self into your passion. Or Tzedek has given me the tools to understand complex and troubling topics and be driven to address these issues. But more broadly, it has helped me become a more compassionate and thoughtful person."

--Emily Isaacson, Advanced Activism '13


Immigration • Racism • Education Justice • Environmental Racism • Food Justice • Poverty • Segregation • Systems of Oppression • Civic Engagement • Interfaith Community Building • Gun Violence • Worker Rights

Advanced Activism

Sunday, June 15 - Sunday, June 29, 2014

Location: University of Illinois at Chicago student housing

Photos and details from the 2013 Advanced Activism session

This 14-day program is for returning Or Tzedek participants. Building on experiences from your first summer with us, you will:

  • Spend one week interning with one of our community partner organizations; and
  • One week working on an independent action project with a partner organization.


This program allows for a deeper exploration of, and involvement with social justice issues, campaign and community organizing, as well as to forge a more profound connection to Jewish identity and community.

You will experience how a grassroots organization functions, the challenges it faces, how its members battle for justice and equality. You'll meet with other grassroots organizations and young people who are active leaders in their communities.

Activism and Community Organizing

Sunday, July 27 - Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

Location: University of Illinois at Chicago student housing

Stories and photos from summer 2013: ► July Session | ► August Session

Engage and learn about diverse communities, the challenges they face, how to battle for justice and equality and much more!! Meet with grassroots organizations and young people who are active leaders in their communities. Join them in making a difference.

The program is a 14-day summer urban immersion program for Jewish high school students (participants much have completed Grade 9). Teens strengthen their Jewish identity and clarify their commitment to social justice through hands-on experiences. 

Throughout the week, you will explore communities all around Chicago, learning about the challenges they face, the actions they are taking for change, and much more! You will participate in volunteer service projects, as well as gain the leadership skills necessary to effect social change. That means, for example, cleaning-up a community park while also learning how to launch a successful campaign advocating for more green space in low-income communities. 

The program also includes prominent Jewish educators and leaders who will facilitate workshops about Jewish values and social justice. Finally, the program takes full-advantage of Chicago-in-the-summer, including Millennium Park, the lakefront beaches and exciting neighborhood events.

Or Tzedek participants address urban issues through hands-on service, in-depth study, and participation in real-life community organizing campaigns. At Or Tzedek, you will explore urban social justice issues related to poverty, racism and anti-Semitism.

Tuition and Arrangements


  • Tutition: $1,400 for each participant
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (remainder must be paid in full one month before session)
  • Financial aid available on a rolling basis



  • Advanced Activism: Registration deadline is June 1
  • Activism and Community Organizing: Registration deadline is July 11




Questions? Please contact:

Rebecca Katz (rebecca@jcua.org)
Director of Teen Programs
312.663.0960 ext. 124

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