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

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

$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

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 Final Shabbat
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Register below for the series, which costs $25 a person and includes dinners at all sessions. If cost is a barrier to participation we are happy to work with you – we want this space to be accessible to everyone. Email Rabbi Megan (rabbimegan@gmail.com) and we will make it work!

Session Dates

  • Thursday February 21, 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday March 28,  6:30-8:30

  • Tuesday April 23, 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday May 9, 6:30-8:30

  • Friday May 31, 6-9 pm, Shabbat Dinner

 

Register through Mishkan Chicago’s page

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Police Accountability Committee Meeting
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for our Police Accountability Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30 pm at a south side location, TBD. RSVP here. 

Committee meetings are for JCUA members. Become a member here. 

Contact avra@jcua.org with questions.

Latest Blog

  • April 30, 2019 05/29/15 Standing With My Community

    “No cop academy! 95 mil for a community!” The chants of passionate Chicagoans filled City Hall the morning of March 13. I found myself surrounded by angry members of my community as city council decided whether or not to fund Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $95 million …

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  • April 16, 2019 05/29/15 Chag Sameach from JCUA – Pursue Justice this Passover

    Every year on Passover the Jewish community has an opportunity to reflect on the connections between our history and tradition and the world we live in today. We retell the story of our ancestors' oppression under slavery in Egypt - their forced, brutal labor, the terrible loss …

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  • April 9, 2019 05/29/15 Face to Face Accountability

    In March I had the opportunity to travel with JCUA and the Campaign for Welcoming IL to the capitol in Springfield. Being there reminded me how much work we still have left to do to fight for immigration justice. The first thing they did when …

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  • March 11, 2019 05/29/15 Community Ventures Program (CVP) Invests in Veterans Housing

    JCUA is excited to announce its newest CVP investment: the Roosevelt Road Veterans Housing Project, a 90-unit facility for veterans experiencing homelessness and veterans with disabilities. CVP provided a no-interest $100,000 loan to A Safe Haven to cover a portion of the predevelopment costs associated …

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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.