Meet JCUA’s Winter/Spring 2013 Intern Cohort

by Asaf Bar-Tura

JCUA trains interns year-round, thus developing future leaders while building organizational capacity. Read about our approach, and meet our current interns.

ifnotnowwhenJCUA hosts a diverse and talented cohort of interns year-round. Our internship program has a twofold effect: first, it provides training for future social justice leaders; and second, it expands our capacity to achieve our goals.

In 2012 we had a total of 15 interns, including undergraduate, graduate and rabbinical students. This group included Jews, Muslims, and Christians, who came from across the US, as well as England and Germany.

We see internships not only as an opportunity for students to be agents of change, but also an important learning experience. Thus, we are very intentional about providing students with a stimulating environment in which they can learn, hone their professional skills and challenge themselves. We foster this environment through, individual supervision, evaluation of the internship throughout the year, as well as participation in the broader organization.

Interns are full participants in weekly staff meetings, where they have an opportunity to gain a broader understanding of JCUA’s work and strategizing. At JCUA interns develop insights related to approaching social justice through a Jewish lens, as well as strategies for interfaith partnerships.

Meet our current internship cohort:

Organizing and Advocacy Intern

Lauren is a 2nd year MA student at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She grew up St. Louis and majored in French at Wesleyan University. Lauren is with us for the full academic year, focusing on housing and violence prevention.

Communications Intern
Max is a senior at DePaul University, majoring in Communications. Originally from Cincinnati, Max has worked as a camp counselor at the Cincinnati JCC. Max is focusing on communicating JCUA’s work through our blog and social media.

Leah-Karchmer-Headshot [1]LEAH KARCHMER
JMCBI Intern
Leah is a sophomore at DePaul University, majoring in Religious Studies with a minor in Peace Justice and Conflict Studies. She is a DePaul Interfaith Scholar, an intern with DePaul’s Center for Intercultural Programming, and on the executive board of DePaul Hillel. At JCUA Leah is focusing on Jewish-Muslim relations, especially Café Finjan.

Julia-McStravog1-300x225JULIA McSTRAVOG
Organizational Development Intern
Julia is an MA student at the Chicago Theological Seminary, focusing on inter-religious dialogue. A Philadelphia native, she has a strong background in inter-religious work and direct service. Julia is focusing on organizational development and fundraising.

Organizing and Advocacy Intern
Amanda received her BA from DePaul University in Sociology and Psychology in 2012. An Ann Arbor native, her Chicago activism experience includes volunteering with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, where part of her role was to work with the residents of Lathrop Homes.

For more information about JCUA internships visit:, or contact:
Asaf Bar-Tura
Director of Programs

JCUA encourages internship applicants from all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and genders.

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