The Jewish Voice for
Social Justice in Chicago

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is transforming 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 57 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.

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Upcoming Events

Or Tzedek workshop: prison and police abolition
Jan 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This program is for members of JCUA’s Or Tzedek teen organizing fellowship. For more information about the fellowship, please contact Mara Wolkoff ().

Kol Or Meeting
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is a space for those who identify as Jews of Color to gather, build community, and organize for systemic social change. Made up of Jews of Color from across Chicago, Kol Or plays an important role in JCUA’s work to transform our city into a more just and equitable place.

If you identify as a Jew of Color, please join us for our January meeting!

Anshe Emet Gang Database Panel
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sign up here to join JCUA and Anshe Emet to learn about the campaign to erase the Chicago Gang Database.

ECPS presentation
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Mishkan (one of JCUA’s congregational partners!) for a presentation on the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance. Please email for the Zoom link.

Recent Posts

  • January 17, 2022 05/29/15 An MLK Day message from JCUA and IMAN

    On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are relieved that the people inside Congregation Beth Israel emerged unharmed, and we send prayers of healing to the individuals, their families, the people of Colleyville, and the entire Jewish community. As faith leaders came together to offer …

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  • November 23, 2021 05/29/15 Celebrating seven years of organizing for justice

    The Hebrew year 5782, in which we find ourselves, is a Shmita year. Just as we sanctify the seventh day of creation with Shabbat, the Torah commands us to set aside every seventh year for rest, renewal, and redistribution. During the Shmita, agricultural lands lie fallow, debts are forgiven, and …

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JCUA’s mission is to strive for justice and equity in our city, country and across the world.
In order to align our food choices with these values, we adopt DefaultVeg
as our food practice for all meetings and events, to shift our purchasing practices
away from factory farming — a root cause of social injustice for humans, animals, and the environment.