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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Upcoming Events

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JCUA Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This one-of-a-kind social justice program teaches college-aged students about community organizing with a Jewish lens and gives them hands-on experience with local issues. Fellows use organizing to express and strengthen their Jewish identities, while building the skills they need to combat the root causes of inequality in our city and create real systemic change.

 

Find more info at https://jcua.org/organizingfellowship/

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Info Session with Ald. Smith in 43rd Ward @ Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Constituents of the 43rd ward: Join members of JCUA, ONE Northside and other community members for an information session with Alderman Michele Smith about the current state of the police union contract, learn more about how we are organizing for a more just contract that does not provide police officers with rights and privileges that allow police misconduct to proliferate.

The information session will be held on the evening of Wednesday, November 8th, exact time and location TBD.

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/E6XOr11QhkK8UoxO2

Contact avra@jcua.org for any questions.

Nov
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JCore @ Spertus
Nov 9 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

JCORE is JCUA’s general membership meeting to learn about our organizing campaigns and how you can get involved!

JCORE Meetings are for members only, so if you are not yet a member, please become one at jcua.org/membership.

RSVP here.

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JCUA Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This one-of-a-kind social justice program teaches college-aged students about community organizing with a Jewish lens and gives them hands-on experience with local issues. Fellows use organizing to express and strengthen their Jewish identities, while building the skills they need to combat the root causes of inequality in our city and create real systemic change.

 

Find more info at https://jcua.org/organizingfellowship/

Latest Blog

  • October 2, 2017 05/29/15 You call this a fast?

    JCUA Community Organizer Avra Shapiro and JCore Member Joseph Grant shared these inspiring words at Mishkan's Yom Kippur service this Saturday. Gmar Tov. My name is Joseph Grant. I am a builder here at Mishkan and a leader with ONE Northside and the Jewish Council on …

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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.