The Jewish Voice for
Social Justice in Chicago

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is working 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 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

Bringing It Home: Interfaith Roundtable on Homelessness in Chicago
Dec 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring Chicago Home’s Interfaith Table will be hosting religious leaders from different communities across Chicago to share teachings on housing and homelessness, and share details about the BCH campaign.

Please register here to join us!

Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Dec 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Regular meeting for JCUA’s Organizing Fellowship for young adults ages 18-23.

To hear more, please contact Mara Wolkoff (, JCUA’s Manager of Youth Engagement.

Bring Chicago Home Canvassing in Hyde Park + Learning/Community get-together at KAM Israel
Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

JCUA will be hosting a housing justice session in Hyde Park before sending volunteers off to canvass in the 4th ward for our Bring Chicago Home campaign to address Chicago’s homelessness crisis. Sign up here to join us on the South Side to learn about its history and why what we are doing is so important!

Or Tzedek Teen Organizing Internship Meeting
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Regular meeting for JCUA’s Or Tzedek Organizing Internship for high school students! This is a closed meeting for Or Tzedek participants.

Please contact Mara Wolkoff (, JCUA’s Manager of Youth Engagement to learn more.

Recent Posts

  • 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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  • November 4, 2021 05/29/15 This moment requires disruptive action for #Citizenship4All

    By Rachel Doherty, JCUA Immigration Committee Member Yesterday morning, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights took to the streets of Chicago to demand a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. JCUA members and staff — together with immigrants …

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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.