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

1,500

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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Out From the Narrows ***NEW LOCATION*** @ KAM Isaiah Israel
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

 JCUA’s Passover Meeting for Police Accountability

Our city is in crisis. After decades of unchecked misconduct in the Chicago Police Department, tensions between communities, police, and politicians have reached a boiling point. As a new presidential administration radically shakes up government agencies like the Department of Justice, our city risks descending further into instability and danger. The time has come to act, and so we must act together.

On Passover, we recall our exodus from Egypt, a narrow place with an obstinate ruler, into the great expanse of the promised land. This year, we recognize the narrow place our city is in, and our obligation to heed the call of prophetic voices in Chicago’s most policed communities. Together, let’s come out from under this narrow place of oppression, toward the great expanse of the world as it should be.

This Passover, join us for

OUT FROM THE NARROWS:

JCUA’s Passover Community Meeting for Police Accountability

WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 3:00 – 4:30 PM, doors open at 2:30
WHERE: KAM Isaiah Israel
1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

 

Apr
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Racial Justice Book & Film Series: A Visual Text Study @ Silverstein Base Hillel
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us on Monday evening, April 3rd for a visual text study on racial justice! You might be asking yourself, “what’s a visual text study?” Great question! Some of the most powerful commentaries about race in the US in the past ten years have been music videos, sketches, stand-up, and cartoons by artists of color. We will be watching and discussing different clips from Key & Peele, Beyonce’s Lemonade, the Boondocks, Maz Jobrani, Issa Rae’s Insecure, and more.

As always, heavy snacks will be served.

Please join the Facebook group for more updates – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081342505324627/. Contact Hannah Arwe at 312-663-0960 with any questions!

Apr
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Do Not Stand Idly By Committee Meeting @ JCUA Office
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We will be having a Do Not Stand Idly By Meeting to discuss JCUA’s post-election work! We will be exploring the ways that we continue to support vulnerable 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.

Please RSVP Here

Apr
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JCore Member Meeting @ Spertus Building
Apr 27 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Get involved in JCUA’s organizing by attending our general organizing meeting. JCore meetings are open to all members.

Latest Blog

  • March 23, 2017 05/29/15 A Collective Jewish Voice for Police Accountability

    By Erica Walker JCUA Member Erica gave this presentation at KAM Isaiah Israel last Shabbat in preparation for our upcoming Passover community meeting for police accountability: Out From The Narrows. Join us! Shabbat shalom. On April 2nd, our congregation will be hosting a police accountability community meeting with …

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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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