Momentum on the Map Annual report. The map shows actions, advocacy, seminars or holiday observances involving JCUA in PDF

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Momentum on the Map 2013 Annual report The map shows actions, advocacy, seminars or holiday observances involving JCUA in Interactive version of the map, with photos and explanations: 2013 Annual Report online: Welcome The Creation of a Moral Society Peggy Slater JCUA Board President Families in Chicago are being torn apart. Another year of mass immigrant deportations. Another month trying to find safe and affordable housing. Another day of gunshots and funerals. What kind of society allows its families to be subjected to these horrors? In the JCUA family, our founder and mentor, Rabbi Robert J. Marx, speaks often about our mandate to help create a moral society. He puts it this way: JCUA s most important work is to respond to the anguish of those who suffer from neglect and oppression, to help people help themselves, to listen to the moral outrage of the prophets. The creation of a moral society is who we are. It is our mission. It is the foundation of our work. Protecting the family beset by deportations, gun violence and housing challenges was a connecting theme for JCUA in It is a theme that will continue. Our task now is to bring others to join us. We need hands, and minds. We need people like you to help us with this work. This Annual Report lists dozens and dozens of supporters who understand what this is all about. We need to double that number and then continue to grow. The easy path can tempt. We are keenly aware that JCUA s work is not, and never has been, easy. I am deeply grateful for your engagement and support. Mapping a Strategic Vision Judy Levey JCUA Executive Director Urban is a key piece of the identity of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. In 2013, JCUA used a momentum map to plot 30 examples of our work across the urban area. It s clear that Chicagoans cannot thrive when they face huge barriers to stability, rooted in discrimination and poverty. Among JCUA s activities to the south were work in Blue Island to gather support for the campaign to protect the rights of affordable housing voucher holders, a teen partnership to develop leaders with Imagine Englewood If, and a Community Ventures zero-interest loan for the redevelopment of the Rosenwald Building in Bronzeville. Just west of Chicago, we were in Broadview, home of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement immigrant detention center, where a remembrance was held (May 3, 2013) in honor of the hundreds of immigrant workers whose families were torn apart five years earlier in an immigration raid at Postville, Iowa, site of a kosher meatpacking plant. Up north, in Evanston, we facilitated a workshop on immigration reform and another on social identities and privilege. It was in Evanston where we inaugurated the first year-round program for Or Tzedek, our teen social justice institute. Just as we plotted our work on a map, we mapped a strategic vision for the next five years which will allow JCUA to motivate and mobilize progressive Jews from across the urban area to work with us, hand-in-hand. The intentional building of our membership base will amplify and accelerate efforts to make Chicago a more just city. Thank you for your part and partnership in this critical work, inspired by the prophets of the bible and translated into action today and tomorrow, through your support. 2 2013 SNAPSHOTS Economic Justice Gun Violence Prevention Immigrant Justice Partnered with A Better Illinois to push for fair taxes and with the Restaurant Opportunities Center to demand fair wages for tipped restaurant workers. Advocated for common sense gun legislation, including banning guns in places of worship and initiatives with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. Stood against tearing families apart and inhumane deportations with Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, and the Immigrant Justice Youth League. Or Tzedek Teen Social Justice Institute Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative Rebuilding Communities in Chicago Or Tzedek s summer sessions and yearlong program motivated teens to be social justice leaders today. Iftar in the Synagogue drew hundreds of people to Anshe Emet in Lakeview to learn from each other through shared traditions. Rehabbing foreclosed homes in North Lawndale, Austin and Berwyn was the focus of a Community Ventures zerointerest loan. Community Development Building Bridges The Future Gracie s Café received a zero-interest loan to launch an employment and training program for formerly incarcerated individuals. JCUA stood in solidarity with Fierce Women of Faith, to learn, pray, and advocate against community violence together. 3 JCUA embarked on a five-year strategic plan to map organizational pivot towards base-building as a means to grow capacity for meaningful social change. HIGHLIGHTS Gracie s Cafe: Building Community One Cup at a Time JCUA s Community Ventures Program provides zero-interest loans for community development projects. With a final push from a CVP economic development loan of $50,000, St. Leonard s Ministries (SLM) was able to open the doors of Gracie s Café, an extraordinary endeavor on Chicago s New West Side, in September St. Leonard s Ministry is an organization with almost 60 years of experience providing comprehensive residential, case management and employment development services for formerly incarcerated men and women. Each year, approximately formerly incarcerated individuals reside in SLM s four housing programs: St. Leonard s House, Grace House, St. Andrew s Court and the Harvest Commons Residence. Harvest Commons opened late this summer in partnership with Heartland Alliance and is located in the former Viceroy Hotel. Gracie s Café, brightly lit and eco-friendly, is located on the ground floor next to the Harvest Commons garden at 1519 W. Warren Blvd. Members of the JCUA Community Ventures advisory committee present a check to Walter Boyd, executive director of St. Leonard s Ministries (far left) and Bob Dougherty, director of development, St. Leonard s (next to Boyd). Representing JCUA are Roberta Nechin, Zachary Braun (back) and Ralph Brown (right). Gracie s Café is staffed with graduates of SLM s Culinary Skills program, which is run by its Employment Center. As graduates of the training program, Gracie s Cafe staff members receive valuable work experience and have the opportunity to meet with a job counselor to help them further their careers. After training and working at Gracie s Cafe, SLM s goal is to move employees to stable, permanent jobs in communities and bring on new graduates to help them do the same. Grab a cup of coffee, a bite to eat or ask about their catering options. They are also a great venue for smaller meetings, gatherings and just a great atmosphere. Much more than a café, Gracie s is definitely worth stopping by. Along with the great food and drink, customers can enjoy the warm feeling of knowing that they are supporting an exceptional training program that addresses root causes of injustice in Chicago. Left to right: Bob Dougherty (from SLM), Mike Ellert (cafe manager), LaTonya Carter (cafe staff) and Walter Boyd (SLM director). 4 HIGHLIGHTS Teen Program Expands to Full Year light of justice partnered with Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston to offer leadership training and the opportunity to work on youth-led social justice campaigns. Response to the new program was strong, with nearly 50 teens from around the Chicago area committing themselves to a Year of Action, as the program is aptly called. Or Tzedek: Year of Action explores community organizing from a Jewish perspective and how to be a powerful Jewish teen activist in Chicago. Workshops were scheduled for one Sunday each month between fall 2013 and spring JCUA s nationally recognized teen social justice institute expanded from a summer session to a year-round program in Or Tzedek named for a Hebrew phrase that means The inaugural year began with a focus on a root cause analysis of social justice issues in Chicago and classic community organizing skills. At a three-day winter retreat, participants chose specific social justice issues to work on for the remainder of the year in partnership with directly impacted communities. The 2013 edition of JCUA s annual Acts of Change event drew a crowd of 350 to honor Sylvia Neil with the Rabbi Robert J. Marx Social Justice Award for her commitment to social justice and human rights. Acts of Change 2013 Rabbi Capers Funnye, event chair and vice president of the JCUA board, remembered Sylvia Neil s steadfast support of his predominantly African-American synagogue years ago. It was difficult to find leaders of the Jewish community who would support me and my congregation. Sylvia Neil stepped forward in support, delivering a powerful message of inclusion, said Rabbi Funnye in his remarks. At the time, it was a gutsy move on her part, a bold step, he continued. She spoke out. She took action. The gala evening was a celebration of Sylvia Neil s life s work, her career, her incredible family and friends and the important work of JCUA. When I look out at this room, I see fellow travelers, Neil said as she accepted the recognition. Indeed, many Event co-chairs, from left: Lowell Sachnoff, Fay Clayton, Lewis and Susan Manilow, Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel, Rabbi Capers Funnye. of us have personally worked closely together litigating cases, writing legislation, establishing programs and supporting institutions that advance these issues and causes. 5 WE THANK EACH AND EVERY DONOR WHO SUPPORTED JCUA IN Community Champions Anonymous Family Foundation Anonymous Daniel R. Fischel Jewish Funders Network Landau Family Foundation Elliot and Frances Lehman Charlotte Lindon Polk Bros. Foundation Pritzker Foundation Rothman Family Foundation Sacks Family Foundation Peggy and Paul Slater Social Justice Leaders The Alter Group/Family Kay Berkson and Sidney Hollander DLA Piper Field Foundation of Illinois Harris Ventures, LLC Irving Harris Foundation Susan and Richard Kiphart Robert B. Lifton and Carol Rosofsky Walter S. Mander Foundation Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation Jon and Lois Mills Eric and Denise Sacks Eli and Harley Ungar Robert and Suzanne Wieseneck Anonymous Peter and Lucy Ascoli Sheldon Baskin and Judy Wise David and Christine Bernick The Art Institute Sonia and Ted Bloch Barbara Bluhm-Kaul Zachary and Linda Braun William and Joan Brodsky Prof. Dennis and Jane Carlton Edward Chez and Camille DeFrank Congregation Hakafa Lester Crown Edlis-Neeson Foundation Marshall and JoAnn Eisenberg Mr. and Mrs. Richard Elden Exelon Corporation Elaine Fishman Abel and Judy Friedman Ruth Friedman Generations Fund Patricia and Melvin Gerbie Robert and Cheryl Gilhooley David and Lizzie Graham Paul and Dedrea Gray James and Barbara Hanig The Mark & Anne Hansen Foundation Bridge Builders Jay and Judy Heyman Bruce and Vicki Heyman Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Immigration Attorneys LLP Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Dan and Gloria Kearney Stephen and Gerry Keen Kellogg Foundation David and Barbara Kipper Peter Kupferberg Elisabeth and William Landes Howard Learner and Lauren Rosenthal The Lefkofsky Family Foundation Paul Lehman and Ronna Stamm Daniel Levin and Fay Hartog Levin Rabbi Andrea and Danny London James and Kay Mabie Susan and Lewis Manilow Rabbi Robert and Ruth Marx Beatrice Cummings Mayer Vicki Mercer David and Janet Midgley Jack and Goldie Miller Family Foundation Judson and Linda Miner Roberta and Herbert Nechin Michael and Charlotte Newberger Janusz Ordover Douglas and Anne Petersen Carol Prins Richard and Judith Rhodes Robert and Ellen Rosen Lou and Lya Rosenblum Mike Rosenthal and Annice Moses Judith and Robert Rothschild Ruth Rothstein, z l Lowell Sachnoff and Fay Clayton Michael and Cari Sacks Esther Saks Bettylu and Paul Saltzman Andrew Schapiro and Tamar Newberger Schnitzer Family Foundation Hal and Karen Sider Nikki and Frederic Stein Penelope Steiner Suzanne Lovell, Inc. Allen and Lynn Turner Annette Turow Richard and Karee Wallach Richard and Diane Weinberg The Weitzman Foundation Jeff and Deb Zaluda Helen H. Zell 6 Friends of JCUA Patrice Aaron Jeffrey Abrams Abt Foundation Phyllis and Leonard Adams Duffie Adelson Lisa Adelstein Susan Adler Sabina Ahmed Prof. Scott Alexander Arlene and David Mehlman Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Alpert Dr. Marjorie Alschuler Oguz Altuncu AM Shalom Kulsum Ameji Richard and Andrea Amend Perry Ander Allen and Barbara Anderson Anshe Sholom B nai Israel Congregation Rabbi Batsheva Appel Dr. Neil and Evelyn Aronson Peter and Lucy Ascoli Ralph and Ernestine Austen Avodah: Jewish Service Corp. Ira and Becky Azulay David Azulay Diane Baer Douglas G. Baird Debra Bakal David Baker Bank of America Rana Barbour Dr. Sanford Barr Eugene and Ree Barrack Maurie Bar-Tura Karyn and Rus Bass Ehler Leora Baumgarten JoAnn Beck Eve Becker and Bruce Adams George Becker Mr. and Mrs. William Belkov Ruth Belzer Marc and Susan Benjamin Karen Berkowitz Rabbi and Mrs. Marc E. Berkson Stuart and Doris Bernstein Howard and Harriet Bernstein Scott Beslow Beth Emet the Free Synagogue Jack and Barbara Bierig Mustafa Bilgic Dr. Jonathan and Susan Birnberg Larry Blackstone Sol Bleiweis David Block Erik Blome David Blumberg Marc Blumenthal and Sharon Veis B nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim Congregation Ellen Bogolub Pamela Bondy Frances Bronner Ralph and Rona Brown Kay Bucksbaum Todd and Debbie Budnik Barbara Burrell Dale Busch California Community Foundation Ellen Cannon and Arnold Herskovic Celeste Center Changing Worlds Anne Chessick Chicago Public Media Inc. Chicago Sinai Congregation Lowell Sachnoff and Fay Clayton Merle Cohen Aaron Cohen Aaron Cohen Janet Cohen Menachem Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Collens John and Jane Colman American Civil Liberties Union Council For The Advancement of Muslim Professionals Debra L. Cox Alan Curley and Cindy Lyons Curley Denise and Scott Davis Michael Deheeger Dr. Ahmet Demirors Judge Morton Denlow Deborah Drache Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus Hon. Frank H. 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Miller Dr. Fred and Barbara Miller Nicole Miller Mohsen Mirtaher MISHKAN Chicago MITZIUT Evemarie Moore Roseline Morris Larry Moss Kristen Mueller Muslim Women s Alliance Dr. Steven Nasatir Adele Neems The Networking Group Sol and Grace Newman North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Chris Norton Dr. Steven Novil Jan Obrand Norman and Jacqueline Patinkin Frank and Janice Patterson Marc Pearl James Petersen Thomas Philipsborn Fraeda Porton Charlene Posner Dale Primer and Beth Michaels Sanford Prizant Dan Pulik Michael and Kyle Rabkin Sarah Rand Joe Reinstein and Hannah Higgins Laurie Reinstein Adam Reisberg Madison Reisler Religious Action Center Marilyn Rest Aaron Rice Dr. Harry Richter Daniel Riff Robert and Elyse Rifkin Richard and Helen Rivkin Ned and Marsha Robertson Steven Rogin Julie Roin Gail Root Marvin and Bev Rose Rabbi Rachel Mikva and Mark Rosenberg Leona Rosenberg Daniel Rosenblum and Dr. Maura Frank Andrew and Betsy Rosenfield Linda and Harold Rosenson Dr. Bob Rosenstein Warner and Judy Rosenthal Gary Rosenthal Harriet & Stan Rosenthal Ann Roth Martha Roth Inge R. 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