The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is works 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 56 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

Immigration Justice Committee Meeting
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Or Tzedek Internship Workshop
Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Or Tzedek Community Organizing Internship yearly cohort for teens. Click here to learn more, and reach out to Mara Wolkoff ( with questions or interest.

JCore 1:1 Night
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Join us for a JCORE 1:1 Night! This 1:1 night is designed specifically to give JCUA members a chance to 1:1 and get to know each other better. Understanding each other and why what drives us to work with JCUA is at the heart of our organizing.  The stronger our relationships with each other, the stronger the foundation for JCUA’s justice work.
If you’ve been meaning to 1:1 with another member, you’ll be able request a specific pair.  If you’re looking to meet someone new, JCUA staff will pair you with another member or staff person.  Never done a 1:1 before? No problem!  We’ll be sending out information and holding a brief pre-session.
43rd/44th Ward Meeting
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the first 43rd/44th ward (Lincoln Park and Lakeview) base building meeting to build relationships with Jewish neighbors who share your values, get involved in JCUA’s local political work, and learn about the history and importance of base building power in your neighborhood!

No prior JCUA involvement necessary. We’d love to see anyone who lives in the 43rd or 44th ward, or has a connection to the area.

Register here.

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    The coup attempt unfolding in Washington D.C. and state capitals across the country should shock but not surprise us. Since taking office, Donald Trump and his administration have embraced white supremacists and their authoritarian disregard for democracy, civil liberties, and equality. Today’s actions were the …

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  • January 8, 2021 05/29/15 How JCUA built its power for economic justice with the Fair Tax campaign

    When JCUA members voted overwhelmingly to take on the Fair Tax campaign, we knew it would be difficult. Voters don’t trust Illinois lawmakers. The ultra-wealthy would do what they can to prevent tax increases. The dominant narrative in our society holds that all government intervention …

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