The Jewish Voice for
Social Justice in Chicago

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 58 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 central program areas: grassroots organizing campaigns, youth engagement, and community development. Join us.

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Upcoming Events

Treatment Not Trauma Teach-In @ Zoom
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Register here to join JCUA’s Community Safety Committee for a virtual teach-in to learn more about the Treatment Not Trauma campaign.

Re-Screening of C4 Discussion #3 @ Zoom
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Register here to join us. This is the third of three follow up sessions where the May 10 JCore presentation on JCUA starting a 501(c)4 sibling organization will be re-screened. There will then be time for continued discussion and question asking/answering. This session is on Zoom. If you attended the May 10 session but want to have further discussion with other JCUA members about the proposal and/or have questions for staff or members, feel free to join around 6:40 pm as we’ll spend the first ~40 min rescreening the presentation from the May 10 meeting for those who weren’t able to attend.

JCUA Racial Justice Training @ SketchPad
Jul 10 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Please register here to join us. The goals of this training are to:

1) Unpack our social identities and how they position us in relation to power.

2) Engage with language and tools to support us in dismantling systems of racism & white supremacy. The training will be held in person on Sunday, July 10 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

This training is put together by a multi-racial team of JCUA staff and leaders.

The training is developed for white people and JOCs who are looking to strengthen their skills to better combat racism in themselves, their work with JCUA, and throughout their lives.

Please note: this training is a prerequisite for our White Racial Justice Working Group as well as for the Intersections of Antisemitism and White Supremacy Training taking place in the fall/winter.

If you are interested in participating in this training, please fill out this RSVP form by Monday, June 20.

Kol Or Youth Event
Jul 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

JCUA’s Jews of Color Caucus (Kol Or) is hosting an event for Jewish teens of color from around Chicagoland to come together and connect around Social Justice and Judaism. Please register here.

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JCUA’s mission is to strive for justice and equity in our city, country and across the world.
In order to align our food choices with these values, we adopt DefaultVeg
as our food practice for all meetings and events, to shift our purchasing practices
away from factory farming — a root cause of social injustice for humans, animals, and the environment.