Be a Part of JCUA’s Next 50
From Judy Levey, Executive Director
Before this frozen January concludes, we want to thank you for making 2013 a resounding success. Your generosity allowed JCUA to enter 2014 with strong footing and an expanding road map for building our momentum.
Whether you are interested in immigration reform, responding to gun violence, a fair state tax structure, community investment, or building bridges with communities that face poverty and racism, JCUA is creating spaces for you to get involved, develop leadership skills, and get to know your city.
Rabbi Ben Greenberg Joins JCUA Staff
I am absolutely thrilled to announce JCUA’s newly appointed Director of Programs, Rabbi Ben Greenberg, who will be leading this work.
Ben is a former JCUA Rabbinic Fellow (2008) and has served as the Senior Rabbi of BMH-BJ Congregation, a Denver Synagogue for the past two years before which he was the campus rabbi at Harvard Hillel in Cambridge, Mass.
While receiving his rabbinical degree at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York, Ben held fellowships with Interfaith Workers Justice and CLAL: The Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership and is an alum of the Rabbis Without Borders Fellowship.
“It gives me great excitement to join the fabulous staff of the JCUA in working to fulfill the vital mission of combating poverty and racism in the Chicagoland area,” Ben told me. “JCUA has played a remarkable role in the life of Chicago for the past 50 years and I am deeply thrilled to be a part of the next chapter in that incredible story.”
In recognition of our 50th anniversary, we’re embarking on a new membership drive. There’s no cost to join. We ask only that you support our actions, campaigns and programs. Learn more at jcua.org/join.
From Handguns to Hope
Please save the date of Thursday, April 3 for JCUA’s annual social justice seder, “From Handguns to Hope.” This event will be held at Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation and will be emceed by Kevin Coval, feature the “Louder than a Bomb 2014 Team,” and our inspiring partners on violence prevention work. Registration will open in early February. Be there!
Now is exactly the very best time to get involved. Take a stand. Become a member. Help us make JCUA’s next 50 great. I hope to see you soon.
Thanks again, Judy