Our Mission

JCUA and its members are powerful allies and advocates for positive social change in Chicago. We combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with our city’s diverse communities.

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Our Impact

Impact 1

1,500

Since JCUA launched its revamped Membership program in Spring of 2014, we have grown to over 1,500 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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JCUA – Or Tzedek Teen Institute for Social Justice @ David B. Darst Center
Jul 26 – Aug 6 all-day

Or Tzedek: Jewish Teen Institute for Social Justice is a unique, Chicago-based program that provides opportunities for teens from across the country to learn about and take action on current social justice campaigns. Or Tzedek gives teens a Jewish framework to explore their social justice identities and gives them the tools and inspiration to build a better world.

We focus on building the skills for meaningful community organizing by looking at a root cause analysis of social justice issues. Teens come away equipped to be agents of positive systemic change. Every program builds a community of teen activists passionate about making Chicago a more just city.

In every program, teens will:

  • Learn from leaders on the forefront of activism
  • Create change in Chicago’s diverse communities
  • Gain critical thinking and leadership skills
  • Build a community with other teens who are passionate about social justice
  • Strengthen their Jewish identity
  • …and HAVE FUN!

Get involved with Or Tzedek and JCUA today!

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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.