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

Queer Youth Caucus Meeting @ Sketchpad and Zoom
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a Queer Youth Caucus meeting! Email if you are interested in joining or hearing more.

ECPS Canvassing: Logan Square Farmers Market @ Logan Square Farmers Market
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The ECPS coalition is working to recruit candidates to run for the District Council seats in each of Chicago’s 22 police districts. Starting Sunday, August 14 in Logan Square, JCUA members will be canvassing and conducting public education about the ordinance and encouraging folks to get involved. It is going to take all of us to ensure this ordinance is effective and transformative. Please add your name to this spreadsheet with the date you can make it!

JCUA North Suburban Organizing Team Picnic 2022 @ Sunset Woods Park Picnic Area
Aug 14 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join JCUA’s North Suburban Organizing Team for a picnic to get to know your fellow North Shore JCUA members and the work we plan to do together in the coming year. This will be a vegetarian potluck, so bring a side, salad, dessert, or drink to share with the group! We’ll meet in the picnic area near the baseball fields and the bathroom buildings.

Register here.

Youth Organizing Caucus Meeting @ Sketchpad and Zoom
Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Youth Organizing Caucus meeting to kick off the new school year! Join to catch up, hear what our youth summer interns have been working on, and think about how you want to be involved in the coming months!

Register here.

Recent Posts

  • July 27, 2022 05/29/15 Welcoming Rabbi Steven Philp to the JCUA Board

    Rabbi Steven Philp is an Associate Rabbi at Mishkan Chicago, a spiritual community reclaiming Judaism's inspirational and transformative essence. He is currently a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow with 18Doors. Steven was ordained in 2019 by the Jewish Theological Seminary; he was a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. After …

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  • July 20, 2022 05/29/15 JCUA leaders appear in Chicago “36 Under 36” list

    Congratulations to the nine JCUA members, staff, and partners who appear in this year's “36 Under 36: Double Chai in the Chi,” which recognizes powerful Jewish leaders in the Chicago area. This demonstrates once again that JCUA is a thriving and indispensable part of the …

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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.