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

$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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Upcoming Events

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CPCA Action
Jun 29 all-day

Join JCUA and the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability to demand a more just police union contract. To learn more about CPCA click here.

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Or Tzedek Teen Institute for Social Justice
Jul 25 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 5 @ 11:00 am
Or Tzedek is JCUA’s teen institute for social justice. Bringing together teens from across Chicagoland and beyond, Or Tzedek takes the value of tikkun olam and dives deep. Participants will come away with an in depth understanding of Chicago’s local issues, concrete tools to organize their communities for social change, and a closer relationship to Judaism in the real world. Teens live together and explore Chicago, take action on issues such as immigration, police accountability, labor rights, food justice and more with local leaders, and engage in spiritual learning and Shabbat practice around justice. Or Tzedek is open to incoming and current high school students. Check out our past teen and parent testimonials.
Cost: $1600 – Full and partial scholarship is available. Register today!
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CVP Impact Tour
Oct 12 all-day

Visit recent CVP investment projects and meet our development partners. To learn more about JCUA’s Community Ventures Program click here.

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Congregation Partners Summit
Oct 21 all-day

Join JCUA’s Congregation Partners to build relationships, share skills and create strategies for moving justice forward.

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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.

JCUA’s 2018 Annual Acts of Change Dinner

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Honoring Peggy Slater
Lifelong Social Justice Champion

5:45 p.m. Cocktail reception, Dinner and Program
Galleria Marchetti
825 West Erie, Chicago

Honorary Event Chair
Rabbi Robert J Marx

Event Chairs
Bruce Elder & Annette Turow

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