FAQ's (frequently asked questions or fantastically absorbing queries )
Q: Who will be staffing the retreat?
A: Or Tzedek's staff are experienced in advocacy and activism and bring to the program a diversity of Jewish experience. They are passionate about engaging teens as Jewish youth activists and facilitating their exploration of the Jewish and Chicago social justice community. The participants will be accompanied by staff at all times throughout the program, including during any free time.
Rebecca Katz, manager of teen programs, Rachel Patterson and Danny Obeler, both returning counselors, will be staffing the retreat. Read more about our amazing summer staff!
Q: Can I get community service hours for participating in Or Tzedek?
A: Yes! Past participants have applied their work with Or Tzedek for 30 to 40 hours of Service Learning credits!
Q: Can I go on the retreat if I did not participate in one of Or Tzedek's summer sessions?
The leadership retreat is open to all high school students (9-12 grade), both who have and have not participated in Or Tzedek and Or Tzedek alums in college.
Q: Where will participants be staying during the retreat?
A: The Leadership retreat will be housed at Hostelling International Chicago, the same accommodations as the Or Tzedek Summer Program.
The hostel is located within walking distance of JCUA's offices in the Spertus Building and allows Or Tzedek to be based in the heart of downtown Chicago. This neighborhood is safe, fun and easy to get to from anywhere in Chicago.
q: How will the program handle dietary restrictions?
A: We want to make sure that everybody is comfortable with the food choices available. As such, different dietary needs including vegetarian, lactose-free, nut-free, as well as a certified Kosher option will be available.
Q: Where will the workshops take place?
A: We will be using facilities at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies, including classrooms, dining room, and multi-purpose spaces. We will also use spaces at Hostelling International Chicago.
Q: How will the teens be traveling around Chicago?
A: Transportation will primarily include passenger vans. On occasion we will use public transit and walking when possible and appropriate. Participants are accompanied at all time by staff throughout the program.
Q: When and where should the participants be dropped off and picked up?
A: On Wednesday, December 26, the participants should be dropped off at 12pm at Hostelling International Chicago. On Saturday, December 29, pick-up is scheduled for 7 pm at Hostelling International Chicago. HI-Chicago is located at 24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL.
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