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

Re-Screening of C4 Discussion #1 @ Zoom
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Register here to join us. This is the first 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.

Community Safety Committee Monthly Meeting @ Zoom
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please register here [zoom link to come] to join us for our virtual monthly meeting of our Community Safety Committee. We will have a brief orientation for new committee members at 5:40PM.

About the committee:

Formerly known as the Police Accountability Committee, Community Safety is committed to ensuring restorative and power-shifting approaches to criminal justice and policing. JCUA members are passionate about these issues for a variety of reasons. As a multiracial organization, we recognize many of our members are further exposed to police violence because of their racial identity or where they live. As organizers, social workers, and other community workers, we see the impact of communities being heavily policed and systemically divested from. As Jews, we know that our ancestors have survived state-sanctioned violence, and that we have a responsibility to speak up about those who are experiencing it today. Guided by these recognitions and values, JCUA members spent years working on the GAPA (Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability) and ECPS (Empowering Communities for Public Safety) ordinances to give communities a powerful voice in determining what policing, policy, and reform in Chicago looks like. After ECPS passed in City Council this summer, JCUA is at the forefront of ensuring a successful implementation of the Community C0mmission on Public Safety.

Acts of Change 2022 @ Chicago History Museum
Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for Acts of Change on June 2nd! You can buy tickets and/or make a donation of any amount here.

After moving online for two years, we’re excited to host Acts of Change on June 2nd at 5:30 pm at the beautiful (outdoor!) plaza of the Chicago History Museum. We look forward to welcoming the members, supporters, partners, and friends who make JCUA the powerful organization it is.

(The standard ticket price is $300. If this amount is cost prohibitive and you’d like to attend the event, please fill out this short form and we will reach out with additional options.)

South Side Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: night of social justice learning
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Register here to join this night of learning!

JCUA and KAM Isaiah Israel are cosponsoring a Southside Social Justice Tikkun Leil Shavuot (night of study for Shavuot). Shavuot celebrates the moment when Jews received the Torah at Sinai; nighttime learning as a community allows us to tap into this moment of revelation! We will have multiple learning sessions, a Ma’ariv (evening) service, music, and snacks to sustain us along with cheesecake and informal time to connect by the KAMII fire pit on Greenwood Plaza.

KAMII, 18 Doors, JCUA, Keshet for LGBTQ+ Equality, Moishe House, Nichols Park Minyan and Repair the World are excited to have you join us for a night of learning, bonfire, song and cheesecake!

Teachers from these partner organizations will share what Judaism can teach us about committing to tikkun olam, repairing the world.

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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.