Or Tzedek Summer Social Justice Program Expands to Two-Week Sessions


Deeper engagement in social justice campaigns with JCUA’s community partners — that’s the goal of doubling the length of JCUA’s Or Tzedek summer overnight teen programs.

Registration is open now for the new two-week sessions, created in response to feedback from past participants asking for a more immersive experience.

Summer 2014 Schedule

Advanced Activism
For returning participants and Year of Action/Chavaya participants
June 15-29, 2014

Activism and Community Organizing
For first-time participants
July 27-Aug. 10, 2014

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Every summer, our flexible and innovative social justice curriculum is completely customized to address current social justice campaigns and events in Chicago. For example, a day focused on immigration justice would consist of discussing a dynamic text about Jewish approaches to “the stranger,” learning from JCUA’s community partners about Chicago’s immigration reform movement, acting for immigrating justice by participating in a protest or lobbying elected representatives, and then meeting with undocumented youth activists to hear their stories.

Or Tzedek has pioneered this nationally recognized learning-action-reflection model of Jewish youth engagement, rooted in an underlying belief in the power of youth. Our participants leave Or Tzedek with concrete tools for creating meaningful change.

Or Tzedek summer participants at anti-violence rally at Garfield Park

Or Tzedek summer participants at anti-violence rally at Garfield Park

Most importantly, Or Tzedek participants will leave the program with a commitment to working in partnership with directly impacted communities as responsive and powerful allies against systemic oppression.

Building relationships between Or Tzedek teens and youth from diverse communities around Chicago is step toward JCUA’s goals of combatting anti-Semitism and racism.

Summer Session Logistics

In order to facilitate the formation of an inclusive and diverse Jewish community during the program, Or Tzedek is a kosher and Shomer Shabbat program; we welcome participants from all different backgrounds who share a desire to learn about advocacy and activism from a Jewish perspective.

This summer, Or Tzedek will be housed in a dorm at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where a kosher kitchen will be provided. The preparation of communal meals and Shabbat dinner is a way to build community and explore food justice issues.

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