Our Mission

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

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Our Impact

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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

$5.2 million

JCUA has invested $5.2 million in the creation and preservation of over 4,000 units of affordable housing.

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Impact 3


JCUA’s Teen Social Justice Program has taught over 500 teenagers how to put their Jewish values into action as powerful social justice advocates.


Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Faith in Action Assembly & Mayoral Candidate Forum @ Liberty Baptist Church
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability is teaming up with Community Renewal Society for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faith in Action Assembly & Mayoral Candidate Forum so that we can let our candidates know we care deeply about police accountability. RSVP here.

Time/Date: Monday, January 21st, 9am-12pm
Location: Liberty Baptist Church (4849 South King Drive)

Childcare will be provided.

Email avra@jcua.org for questions.

Chicago Justice Series: MLK Day Dinner & Discussion @ Silverstein Base Hillel
Jan 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Avodah, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Mishkan Chicago, Repair the World and Silverstein Base Hillel for our third annual Chicago Justice Series. This year we will focus on themes of safety and security through a Jewish lens: examining our relationships as Jews to law enforcement historically and today, exploring local work on police accountability, and thinking about how various identities we hold may impact how we think about our own safety.

The series will begin with a public kickoff event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the evening and will continue with cohort-based learning monthly until the end of May. Looking forward to seeing you for a meaningful discussion over a delicious (and free!) dinner. Please RSVP.

If you are interested in being a part of the cohort for the entire series, please email Hannah Arwe at hannaharwe@jcua.org.

JCUA North Suburban Team Kickoff House Meeting @ Home of Elaine Weiss
Jan 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
JCUA Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Organizing Fellowship yearly cohort for college-aged young folks. Please visit jcua.org/organizingfellowship to learn more about the program.

Latest Blog

  • January 18, 2019 05/29/15 Police Accountability Campaign Updates

    Hello! I wanted to check in and update you on our organizing work with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA). As a reminder, we are working with GAPA to pass an ordinance through City Hall that would create a Community Oversight Commission for the …

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  • January 16, 2019 05/29/15 Coming Into Focus

    As I reflect on the first half of JCUA's Organizing Fellowship, the phrase that comes to mind is “coming into focus.” When I began the fellowship in August, I had a vague notion of my Jewish identity and relationship to organizing that I had been …

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  • January 14, 2019 05/29/15 Build Power with JCUA at Mayoral Candidate Forums

    Dear JCUA Members and Supporters - With Chicago municipal elections coming up, I wanted to remind you all why civic engagement is so critical to JCUA’s work. We’ve said it before and I will say it again here - If we want a city council and mayor that …

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  • December 21, 2018 05/29/15 Get Involved in Chicago Municipal Elections with JCUA

    Municipal Elections are in Two Months! Opportunities for Civic Engagement with JCUA JCUA is excited to be working on civic engagement leading up to the Chicago Municipal elections this February. If we want a city council and mayor that will support our efforts to create a more just Chicago, we …

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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