April 11, 2016: The 11th Plague “Standing Against Islamophobia” at Jewish Council on Urban Affairs


Every year during Passover, we recall our Jewish story of being oppressed as strangers in Egypt. As we honor and remember this story, JCUA believes we must make the connection between our history of oppression as a people, and the importance of standing with those who face oppression today.

At this year’s Seder, we will come together as a Jewish community to stand against Islamophobia and hate in Chicago. It is imperative that now, more than ever, we decry this kind of senseless discrimination, and take action to ensure that everyone in our city is treated with respect.

Remembering that “we were slaves in Egypt”, means upholding the dignity, safety, and inclusion of vulnerable communities today.

WHEN: Monday, April 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Beth Emet Synagogue
1224 Dempster, Evanston (map it)

Hope you can join us next year!



Michael Simon, Northwesten Hillel • Tahera Ahmad, Northwestern Chaplain
Larycia Hawkins • Robert Bloch, Attorney

Rabbi Andrea London, Beth Emet Synagogue • Sanah Khan, Forward Humanity
Jessica Shaffer, HIAS Chicago

Featuring A Special Performance By Rohina Malik

A Chicago-based playwright, actress and solo performance artist, Rohina will perform a selection from her one woman play “Unveiled”, examining myths, stereotypes and intolerance around Muslim women.
Contact Sarah Gold
sarah@jcua.org OR (312) 663-0960 x126

Seder 2015 Final Logo


MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

Beth Emet Synagogue
1224 Dempster, Evanston


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March 31, 2016: “Race & Parish Matters: The Politics of Black Catholic Parishes” at Dominican University

Dr. Hawkins presented her research on black Catholic parishes in Chicago. A panel of respondents includes Rev. Lawrence Dowling, Pastor, St. Agatha Catholic Church in North Lawndale and Chair of the Board of ARISE Chicago; Rev. Michael Pfleger, Pastor, Saint Sabina Catholic Church in Auburn-Gresham; and Adrienne Alexander, Policy and Legislative Specialist for AFSCME Local 31.

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March 1: Diversity and the Meaning of Embodied Solidarity at Roosevelt University


Larycia Hawkins to speak on March 1 during Roosevelt’s Diversity Week

Posted: 02/24/2016
Larycia Hawkins, the Wheaton College professor who recently left the college following controversy with school administration over her support for the Muslim community, will speak at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago.

Initially suspended after posting a statement about Christians and Muslims worshiping the same God on Facebook, Hawkins also indicated on Facebook that she would show solidarity with Muslims by wearing a hijab. She left Wheaton College earlier this month after reaching a mutual agreement with the Christian college.

She will speak on “Diversity and the Meaning of Embodied Solidarity” during Roosevelt’s Feb. 29 through March 4 Diversity Week. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place in Room 317 of Roosevelt’s Wabash Building.

“We are pleased to have Larycia Hawkins as one of our guest speakers for this week-long celebration of diversity in the Roosevelt community,” said Sharron Evans, assistant vice president of inclusion and equity at Roosevelt University.”