By Abby Tzinberg
Or Tzedek: Jewish Teen Institute for Social Justice is a unique, Chicago-based program that provides opportunities for teens from across the country to learn about and take action on current social justice campaigns. Or Tzedek gives teens a Jewish framework to explore their social justice identities and gives them the tools and inspiration to build a better world.
someone who has had her fair share of experiences with programs targeted at
Jewish teens I can confidently say that Or Tzedek was one of the most
meaningful experiences that I’ve ever had--Jewish or not. Or Tzedek is unique
in that it combines politics, identity, activism, independence, community
organizing, urban exploration, group living and Judaism all in one. It is open
to all Jewish denominations and attracts a wide variety of Jewish experiences.
This gives an added layer of sophistication and wisdom to all program
activities and conversations.
itinerary for Or Tzedek caters to all interests - whether your thing is direct
service or community organizing, Or Tzedek has it all. This past summer we did
a ton: registering people to vote, handing out lunches to those in need, tours
through the city, workshops on identity and privilege, picnicking in Millennium
really fantastic thing about Or Tzedek is the Kehillah, or community. You
really get a chance to get to know everyone, and the program is designed to
build one community, not split off into small groups. Even if you don’t know
anyone going in everyone is extremely welcoming. If I had to choose one thing
that I took away from Or Tzedek it would be the people.
are some of the loveliest people you will ever meet. They have so much love,
empathy, grit and integrity, and it shows. The group of teens that Or Tzedek
attracts cannot be replicated anywhere else. Every single person has a shared
goal: to be kind, smart and respectful. I challenge you to find a group of
people anywhere else that can provide the same support and kindness that the
people in Or Tzedek have.
anyone considering signing up for Or Tzedek: Do it. Whether you’re a seasoned
social justice warrior or just getting started Or Tzedek is for you. No matter
how prevalent your Jewish identity is in your life, Or Tzedek is for you. If
you’re looking for an awesome group of people Or Tzedek is for you. If you love
the city and urban living Or Tzedek is for you. If you just want something
productive to do with your summer Or Tzedek is for you.
Curious if Or Tzedek is right for your summer 2017? Check out the website to learn more and book your spot today!