Our Mission

For over 50 years, JCUA has been as the Jewish voice for social justice in Chicago.
Together with our members, we combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with our city’s diverse communities.

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Our Impact

Impact 1

1,500

Since JCUA launched its revamped Membership program in Spring of 2014, we have grown to over 1,500 members.

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Impact 2

$4.5 million

JCUA has invested $4.5 million in the creation and preservation of over 3,600 units of affordable housing.

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Impact 3

500

JCUA’s Teen Social Justice Program has taught over 500 teenagers how to put their Jewish values into action as powerful social justice advocates.

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Upcoming Events

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IMAN’s #FightFearBuildPower: Refugee Remix Rally @ Upper Wacker and Wabash
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

IMAN will gather with partners and allies for #FightFearBuildPower: Refugee Remix Rally, a follow-up to the MLK Day convening.

Refugee Remix is an opportunity for us to collectively amplify the voices of organizers and artists, particularly from the 7 counties listed in the Muslim Ban and others who have been under direct attack through ICE raids. In addition to all the critical work that has been happening on the ground over the last several weeks, we recognize the power of healing through storytelling and relationships, and the crucial role this plays in the change and transformation of our communities.

Refugee Remix is co-convened by UCCRO and Equal Voice Action Network. Partners include Westside Health Authority, ICIRR, KOCO, ONE Northside, American Indian Center, and St. Sabina.

Feb
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“Do Not Stand Idly By” Post-Election Committee Meeting @ JCUA Office--Spertus Building
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for the second meeting to discuss the direction and priorities of JCUA’s post-election work! We will be exploring the ways that we continue to support marginalized communities and organize around the issues that have become relevant under a Trump administration. We hope you will join us in this conversation to build this work!

Feb
28
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Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Presentation @ Temple Sholom
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come learn with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs about the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. After a five year campaign, The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights became law in the State of Illinois! We became the seventh state to extend basic workplace protections to domestic workers, and ensure that this long exploited workforce enjoys the protections that all other workers have. JCUA was part of the coalition that helped to pass the law, and now we are deeply invested in the implementation of the new protections. Part of that work involves educating people in our communities about this legislation, the plight of domestic workers, ethical treatment of domestic employees, and using Jewish history and values to understand why this issue is important to us. 

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JCore Member Meeting @ Spertus
Mar 2 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

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  • February 17, 2017 05/29/15 We Are The Ones We Need

    By Emma Drongowski JCUA's Avodah Fellow After Election Day, I experienced what I can only describe as the five stages of grief. I felt desperately sad, and then I was consumed by anger, and then fleeting denial that maybe the next years won’t be so bad, and …

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR LEADERSHIP CIRCLE AND LEGACY DONORS.

For over 40 years, Gerry and I have proudly supported the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Through my work at JCUA, I have a voice on the issues that are important to me. And I continue to build upon what has become a family tradition, passing on our values to the next generation.

Steve Keen, JCUA Board of Directors

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR LEADERSHIP CIRCLE AND LEGACY DONORS.

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
2017 Annual Acts of Change Dinner

Featuring
Jamie Kalven
Award-Winning Investigative Reporter on Police Accountability in Chicago

Evening of Thursday, June 8
Galleria Marchetti
825 W. Erie, Chicago

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This Passover stand for
Police Accountability with JCUA.

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