The Jewish Voice for
Social Justice in Chicago

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) 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

October Immigration Committee Meeting @ Zoom
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for the October Immigration Committee meeting. Register here.

October Community Safety Meeting @ Zoom
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Register here for the Community Safety Committee monthly meeting.

Kol Or Caucus Meeting
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for Kol Or’s monthly caucus meeting.

Register here.

The Power of Us Environmental Justice Film Screening @ Am Shalom
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join JCUA’s North Suburban Organizing Team and Am Shalom’s Social Action Committee for a screening of The Power of Us: Confronting Our Climate Crisis, a documentary about the intergenerational climate justice movement created by Am Shalom members Jim and Anne Goodman. We will screen the film, followed by remarks from Jim and Anne, and then hear from various IL-based environmental justice organizations about how we can take action to fight for our planet right now in IL. Join for a night of learning, discussion, and action.

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Recent Posts

  • September 23, 2022 05/29/15 Introducing JCUA Votes!

    Shanah tova! We’re pleased to welcome the new year with some exciting announcements about JCUA’s new 501(c)4 — our sibling political organization that will equip us with tools to hold our elected officials accountable and co-govern with leaders who share our vision of the world. First …

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  • September 22, 2022 05/29/15 Why JCUA is launching a political arm, with Benetta & Andie

    Last month, JCUA members voted overwhelmingly in favor of creating a 501(c)4 — a sibling organization that would equip us with the tools to hold elected officials accountable and support leaders who share our vision for the world. As we prepare to launch, we're pleased …

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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.