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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Fair Tax 2020 Committee Meeting @ Sketchpad
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for our first Fair Tax 2020 committee meeting, which will initiate a year of urgent organizing around the Illinois Fair Tax referendum, which will appear on the ballot on Election Day in November. RSVP here.

Contact Jackie Baldwin (jackie@jcua.org) with questions.

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JCUA New Member Orientation @ Sketchpad
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us at Sketchpad for a new JCUA member orientation. The orientation will begin promptly at 6:15 (snacks served at 6:00 pm) and will go until 8:15 PM. This location is wheel-chair accessible.

Sign up for membership at jcua.org/membership.

RSVP here. Contact Anna Rubin (anna@jcua.org) with questions.

Latest Blog

  • September 4, 2019 05/29/15 Taking on Fair Tax 2020

    Votes have been cast and counted, and we can now announce that JCUA members vigorously support moving forward with the Fair Tax 2020 campaign! We will now prepare to join our coalition partners in educating Illinois residents about this important issue and working to ensure the …

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  • 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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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.