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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The Fight for Immigrant and Economic Justice in Our Own Backyards @ Am Shalom
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

JCUA’s North Suburban Organizing Team presents an evening with Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, staff from the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, and attorney and activist Lee Goodman. We will hear about economic and systemic problems in our own neighborhoods and the connection between what we see here, within our immigrant community, and what is going on across the state and the country. We will think together about how to take action to support immigrant communities and move towards economic justice for all in the Northern Suburbs. All are welcome and encouraged to attend for this important educational session and conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP here. For more information, contact Anna Rubin: anna@jcua.org

Latest Blog

  • August 16, 2019 05/29/15 7 Questions with Cydney Wallace

    Cydney Wallace was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She graduated high school a year early and attended Spelman College in Atlanta, where she met her husband of nearly thirteen years. Cydney began working for Epiq Global (formerly Document Technologies, Inc.) in 2011 …

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  • August 16, 2019 05/29/15 How Desolate Lie Our Borders

    For the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, JCUA co-sponsored a vigil outside an ICE detention center in Kankakee, Illinois. Three hundred Jews, immigrants and allies joined us to bear witness to the unspeakable suffering thousands of immigrant families face. Check out the post on our Medium …

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  • August 8, 2019 05/29/15 Making Chicago a true “sanctuary city”

    Donald Trump uses the phrase “sanctuary city” to disparage American urban centers. In Chicago, we consider the term a badge of honor — though it means we still have important work to do to keep immigrant communities safe. Check out Avodah Organizing Fellow Emily Isaacson's …

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  • July 9, 2019 05/29/15 Meet Summer Organizing Intern Hannah Berger

    Hi! I’m Hannah Berger and I am the social work intern at JCUA this summer. Social Work is a very broad field, and encompasses everything from the clinical therapy to community organizing, which I am so excited to engage with this summer. I am currently …

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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.