The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is works to transform Chicago into a city free of poverty, racism and antisemitism, by mobilizing the Jewish community to be a powerful voice for economic and racial justice. For 56 years, we have worked in partnership with diverse coalitions and directly impacted communities to address the root causes of disparity and advocate for concrete improvements in people’s lives. With a growing membership of more than 2,000 Jews across Chicagoland, we bring a committed base to three main program areas: grassroots organizing campaigns, youth engagement, and community development. Join our movement.
We build collective power through grassroots community organizing. Our campaigns aim to end injustice and oppression by transforming systems of policing, immigration, and more.
We strengthen Chicago neighborhoods through our Community Ventures Program (CVP), which funds affordable housing and economic development projects across the city.
We empower young Jewish leaders through programs that explore community organizing through a Jewish lens. Teens and young adults make up an integral part of our multi-generational community.
Join the first 43rd/44th ward (Lincoln Park and Lakeview) base building meeting to build relationships with Jewish neighbors who share your values, get involved in JCUA’s local political work, and learn about the history and importance of base building power in your neighborhood!
No prior JCUA involvement necessary. We’d love to see anyone who lives in the 43rd or 44th ward, or has a connection to the area.
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