JCUA August Newsletter

August 12, 2014
JCUA's latest newsletter is now online here.

JCUA’s latest newsletter is now online here.

In the August issue of the JCUA newsletter…

  • Mimi Harris makes the news
  • JCUA members focus on leadership…and change
  • Deborah Goldberg to lead Or Tzedek
  • Rebecca Katz reflects on three years as JCUA’s director of teen programs
  • JCUA supports affordable housing in Albany Park
  • Vigil and coffeeshop discussion at Broadview

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JCUA July Newsletter

July 3, 2014
JCUA's latest news is now online here:

JCUA’s latest news is now online here.

In the July issue of the JCUA Newsletter…

  • More than 40 attend JCUA’s first official membership meeting
  • Join us at the Social Justice Coffeehouse in Northbrook
  • “Iftar in the Synagogue” registration closes
  • 16 teens complete Or Tzedek 2-week Advanced Activism program
  • Banks supporting JCUA’s Community Ventures Program
  • Speak out against Niles gun shop near schools
  • JCUA’s 2013 Annual Report released

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JCUA News: Death Penalty Repeal: Call the Govenor! / MLK Event this Sunday / and more…

January 13, 2011

Check out the latest JCUA newsletter and find out about:

  • How you can help Illinois become the 16th state without a death penalty
  • Upcoming events
  • Registration for the Summer 2011 session of Or Tzedek

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JMCBI News: MLK Event on 1/16, Cafe Finjan and Interfaith Delegation to Springfield in March and More

January 10, 2011

Check out the latest JMCBI newsletter for:

  • Info on an event with Northside P.O.W.E.R. focused on social justice issues
  • Details of an upcoming interfaith teen delegation to Springfield
  • Updates on this year’s Café Finjan
  • Links to interesting stories and videos

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JCUA News: DREAM Passes House! Or Tzedek Dates, Human Rights Day, and More

December 9, 2010

Check out the latest JCUA newsletter and find out about:

  • The passage of the DREAM Act in the House
  • Registration for the Summer 2011 Or Tzedek session
  • A Discussion over Coffee on Youth & Social Change in Jewish and Muslim Traditions

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JMCBI News: Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, Israeli-Palestinian Artists, and More

November 12, 2010

Check out the latest JMCBI newsletter and find out about:

  • A meeting JMCBI had with a delegation of Israeli and Palestinian artists
  • An opportunity to become a community ambassador
  • An upcoming Human Rights Day event
  • An upcoming forum for Chicago mayoral candidates

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JCUA Gets Award for Collaboration, Annual Dinner Coming Up, Get-Out-the-Vote Opportunities and More

October 12, 2010

Don’t miss out on our latest news! Check out the October JCUA eNewsletter and find out about:

  • JCUA receiving an award for collaboration from A Just Harvest
  • Our Annual Dinner coming up November 18
  • The multiple upcoming get-out-the-vote opportunities through our Define America 2010 campaign
  • Other ways to get involved with JCUA

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Update: Two Years After Raid, Postville Hopes for a New Beginning

May 12, 2010

A complete update of where things stand in the small Iowa town where a large kosher meat packing facility is located

By Tom Walsh, Director of Advocacy, JCUA
And Jonathan Lehrer, Director of Communications, JCUA

Welcome to Postville

Welcome to Postville: Hometown to the World

May 12, 2010–On the second anniversary of the immigration raid that forever changed their town, leaders of a small Northeastern Iowa community are hoping the worst is behind them and that a new beginning is on the horizon.

With the help of allies from numerous faith and community backgrounds – from within Iowa and across the country – the town of Postville continues to recover from an unjust and unthinkable raid on their community by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the ensuing bankruptcy of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant that brought ICE to town.

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JCUA and Other Jewish Leaders at Forefront of Protest Against Arizona’s “National Disgrace”

May 12, 2010
Protesters arrested at federal immigration detention center

Protesters arrested at federal immigration detention center

Vigil and civil disobedience at Broadview Detention Center. Top: More than 300 protesters gather at a prayer vigil Monday evening, April 26. JCUA’s familiar blue-and-white signs (“Social Justice: If Not Now, When?”) are prominent. Bottom: Protesters occupy the street in front of the detention center, facing a van carrying deportees (not seen in photo) as the news media and Broadview police watch. Bottom right: JCUA’s Jane Ramsey and Rabbi Joshua Salter are among the 24 protesters who were arrested. 

Arrested: A Message from Jane Ramsey

Dear Friends: 

Monday evening (April 26) and Tuesday morning (April 27), JCUA members, members of our Board of Directors, and staff joined more than 300 others from diverse communities in a vigil at the Broadview Detention Center protesting the alarmingly large increase in the numbers of people being deported from our country at the same time that the Obama administration and others acknowledge that the immigration system is broken. 

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Abuses at Postville’s Agriprocessors Bring Ethical Component to Kosher Certification

May 12, 2010

GUEST COLUMNIST

By Allan Kensky
Rabbi, Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, Wilmette, Ill.

Rabbi Allan Kensky

Rabbi Allan Kensky

This article is adapted from a sermon given by Rabbi Kensky for Shabbat Shemini 5770 (April 10, 2010)

Over the past two years, important developments have taken place in the area of kashrut, and this Shabbat Shemini, which establishes the basis in the Torah for the dietary laws, is an appropriate time to talk about these developments.

It might seem difficult to believe that a major religious movement in American Jewry would have its origin in a walkout that occurred at a dinner, but that is precisely the moment at which historians pinpoint the beginning of the Conservative movement.

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