By Jeffrey A. Zaluda
JCUA Board Member
In a few days, as Jews gather to usher in the Hebrew year 5775, we will reflect on the year that just ended and concentrate on our hopes for the next.
Violence and racism from our city’s neighborhoods explode on our TV and smartphone screens every day, making our High Holiday reflection this year especially poignant, even painful.
With the Rosh Hashanah image of an open Book of Life in our minds, many of us will recite the rabbinical poem that asks “Who will live in harmony and who will be harassed?” in the coming year. “Who will live in poverty and who will get rich?”
Racism, income inequality, and, sadly, cynicism, remain root causes of the violence on our streets and in the distressed neighborhoods in our community. “Who will be degraded and who will be exalted”? asks the poet.
In our 50th anniversary year, as always, members of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs work to make Chicago a better place. The lack of a trauma center on Chicago’s South Side…suburban gun shops fueling urban violence…inhumane deportations of immigrants.
Make a commitment to help JCUA address these urgent issues. Participate in JCUA’s work by being an active member. Make a donation that will help JCUA continue as a Jewish voice for justice in Chicago.
With your help, the inscriptions in the Book of Life will be for a better world this year. Our best wishes for a good year for you and those close to you.
P.S. On Thursday, Sept. 18, Chicago-area cantors and rabbis will sing, pray and take action with student, community and interfaith groups organizing for an urgently needed trauma center on Chicago’s South Side. Learn more and join us.