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.
We build collective power through grassroots community organizing. Our campaigns aim to end injustice and oppression by transforming systems of policing, immigration, and more.
We strengthen Chicago neighborhoods through our Community Ventures Program (CVP), which funds affordable housing and economic development projects across the city.
We empower young Jewish leaders through programs that explore community organizing through a Jewish lens. Teens and young adults make up an integral part of our multi-generational community.
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!
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 …
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 …