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

$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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Police Accountability Committee Meeting
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

If you are interested in getting more involved with JCUA‘s campaign work on police accountability, this is a great way to learn more. Committee meetings are for members only, so if you haven’t yet, join us!

You can RSVP for the meeting here.

This meeting will be at a centrally located or Hyde Park location – if you know of somewhere that can host us, please email Avra (avra@jcua.org).

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Immigration Committee Meeting @ SketchPad
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for October’s immigration committee meeting to hear updates and strategize about our national, state, and city level work. RSVP here!

Please contact Anna (anna@jcua.org) with any questions.

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CVP Impact Tour @ Chicago's South Side
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Visit recent CVP investment projects and meet our development partners. To RSVP, email matt@jcua.org. Exact location TBD.

To learn more about JCUA’s Community Ventures Program click here.

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Congregation Partners Summit
Oct 21 all-day

Join JCUA’s Congregation Partners to build relationships, share skills and create strategies for moving justice forward.

Latest Blog

  • September 5, 2018 05/29/15 New CVP Loan for Affordable Housing in Englewood

    JCUA is excited to announce it's newest Community Ventures Program (CVP) loan to Interfaith Housing Development Corporation (IHDC). IHDC was awarded a $100,000 loan to cover a portion of the predevelopment costs for Ogden Park Apartments, a 25-unit Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) facility in the West …

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  • August 17, 2018 05/29/15 The Future of Social Justice

    On August 2nd, Or Tzedek teens gathered in Millennium Park to register people to vote with folks from Chicago Votes and other youth from JUF Camp TOV. After a week of intensive learning on how to dismantle systems and tackle the root causes of injustice …

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  • August 16, 2018 05/29/15 Demand a Strong Consent Decree – Submit Your Comment Today

    Comment on the Draft Consent Decree Today! Last week, Attorney General Lisa Madigan released the draft consent decree on police reforms. The consent decree is an agreement that involves court oversight of the Chicago Police Department. If approved, a federal court and a court-appointed monitor would ensure reforms are …

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  • August 9, 2018 05/29/15 Or Tzedek Transforms Teens

    “We need to start asking questions about the history we are learning and who is not included. That is how true tikkun olam happens.” ~Rabbi Capers Funnye These words from our visit to Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken, one of JCUA’s congregational partners, aptly frame this year's …

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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.