Our Mission

JCUA and its members are powerful allies and advocates for positive social change in Chicago. We combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with our city’s diverse communities.

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Our Impact

Impact 1

1,800

Since JCUA launched its revamped Membership program in Spring of 2014, we have grown to over 1,800 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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Chicago Justice Series: Warmth of Other Suns @ TBD
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Mishkan Chicago, Repair the World, and Silverstein Base Hillel to explore “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” by Isabel Wilkerson. Delicious and hearty snacks will be served.

We’ll be discussing the sections of the book that follow the story of Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, who migrated from Mississippi to Chicago, so focus on those sections. Of course, you’re welcome to read the whole book if you choose.

RSVP here.

Feb
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JCUA Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This one-of-a-kind social justice program teaches college-aged students about community organizing with a Jewish lens and gives them hands-on experience with local issues. Fellows use organizing to express and strengthen their Jewish identities, while building the skills they need to combat the root causes of inequality in our city and create real systemic change.

Learn more and apply for the 2018-2019 cohort at: https://jcua.org/organizingfellowship/

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JCore Meeting
Mar 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

General meeting for all JCUA members. Sign up for membership here!

Mar
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JCUA Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This one-of-a-kind social justice program teaches college-aged students about community organizing with a Jewish lens and gives them hands-on experience with local issues. Fellows use organizing to express and strengthen their Jewish identities, while building the skills they need to combat the root causes of inequality in our city and create real systemic change.

Learn more and apply for the 2018-2019 cohort at https://jcua.org/organizingfellowship/

Latest Blog

  • February 15, 2018 05/29/15 Four Reasons to LOVE Or Tzedek

    In a world that so often highlights hate, JCUA wants to spread love this Valentine's Day by lifting up the young folks that bring joy to our justice work. Every year our Or Tzedek teen program is filled with passionate young adults dedicated to Jewish social justice. Check out …

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  • February 7, 2018 05/29/15 JUST News – February 6, 2018

    Take Action with JCUA for a DREAM Act Now! Are you looking for ways to fight back against our current administration's anti-immigrant rhetoric? Check out our DREAM Act Action Page and demand a#DREAMActNow. Not sure where to start? Join us for the next JCUA Immigration Committee Meeting!   Apply to be a JCUA Organizing Fellow! JCUA is now …

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  • February 6, 2018 05/29/15 2017 Community Ventures Program Investor Report

    2017 was an exciting year for JCUA’s Community Ventures Program (CVP). With two new loans approved, increased money in the revolving grant fund, a very successful Neighborhood Impact Tour, new CVP staff, and a diverse pipeline of projects, CVP is making a significant impact in …

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  • February 6, 2018 05/29/15 “May he know justice.” – Prayer for Protected by Faith Action for DREAMers

    On Monday, February 6,  clergy from across Chicagoland joined together at a Protected by Faith Action to call on Congress to protect DREAMers. This prayer was offered by Rabbi David Wolkenfed of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel.  אֲרַמִּי֙ אֹבֵ֣ד אָבִ֔י My father was a Syrian refugee. He went …

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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.