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

JCUA Immigration Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Torah of Organizing 2021: Wealth & Class @ Buckingham Fountain
Aug 8 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Please register here for our on-going series “The Torah of Organizing,” with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein. In this session, we’ll explore what the Torah has to say about wealth and wealth redistribution. This will be an interactive, havruta (paired-learning) event. This will be an all-levels-are-welcome space, so if you’ve never explored Torah in this way before, this is a perfect place to start. All you need is curiosity and the desire to learn with other JCUA community members!

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  • March 29, 2021 05/29/15 Rabbi Robert J. Marx, visionary Jewish leader who spoke up for justice, dies at 93

    Rabbi Robert J. Marx founded the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) in 1964 out of a conviction that the Jewish call to pursue justice — as it says in Deuteronomy, “Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue” — is the most sacred of all the Torah’s …

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  • March 11, 2021 05/29/15 Announcing JCUA’s next campaign: Bring Chicago Home

    We have a new campaign! Following a two-month selection process of proposals, presentations, and deliberation, the JCUA membership has voted to join Bring Chicago Home (BCH), a grassroots movement to combat homelessness in Chicago. The campaign seeks to create a dedicated revenue stream for permanent supportive housing by restructuring the way the city collects …

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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 essential values, we adopt DefaultVeg as our food practice for all meetings and events hosted by JCUA, to shift our purchasing practices away from factory farming — a root cause of social injustice for humans, animals, and the environment.