Our Mission

JCUA and its members are powerful allies and advocates for positive social change in Chicago. We combat poverty, racism and antisemitism in partnership with our city’s diverse communities.

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Our Impact

Impact 1

1,800

Since JCUA launched its revamped Membership program in Spring of 2014, we have grown to over 1,800 members.

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Impact 2

$5.2 million

JCUA has invested $5.2 million in the creation and preservation of over 4,000 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 Immigration Committee Meeting @ TBD
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Juneteenth Havdalah @ Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken
Jun 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Juneteenth is the annual commemoration of the emancipation of Africans and African-Americans from slavery. It was first celebrated on June 19th, 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally made its way to Galveston, Texas.

In honor of this occasion, Kol Or is excited to invite you to our second annual Juneteenth Havdalah as we celebrate our freedom with a potluck, some learning, and fun! This event is family-friendly and is open to all. Guests welcome. We will complete the evening with Havdalah (note: Havdalah will take place earlier than the official time as Shabbat ends late that night).

Date/Time: Saturday, June 29th, 6:30 pm
Place: Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

6601 S Kedzie Ave

RSVP here: bit.ly/jcuajuneteenth19.

Want to help spread the word about JCUA’s Kol Or Juneteenth? You can also download a flyer for the event here.  Reach out to avra@jcua.org or Jackie@jcua.org for questions.

 

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Meeting with Office of the Inspector General of Public Safety @ Office of the Inspector General
Aug 13 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Join JCUA for a meeting with the Office of the Inspector General of Public Safety to learn about their recent report on Chicago’s Gang Database as well as how to utilize their Police Misconduct Portal. We will be joined by Inspector General Joe Ferguson. The meeting will be from 6:15 until 8:00 PM at the, Office of Inspector General, 740 N. Sedgwick, Suite 200.
RSVP here. 

Sign up for membership at jcua.org/membership.

Reach out to avra@jcua.org with questions.

Latest Blog

  • April 30, 2019 05/29/15 Standing With My Community

    “No cop academy! 95 mil for a community!” The chants of passionate Chicagoans filled City Hall the morning of March 13. I found myself surrounded by angry members of my community as city council decided whether or not to fund Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $95 million …

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  • April 16, 2019 05/29/15 Chag Sameach from JCUA – Pursue Justice this Passover

    Every year on Passover the Jewish community has an opportunity to reflect on the connections between our history and tradition and the world we live in today. We retell the story of our ancestors' oppression under slavery in Egypt - their forced, brutal labor, the terrible loss …

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  • April 9, 2019 05/29/15 Face to Face Accountability

    In March I had the opportunity to travel with JCUA and the Campaign for Welcoming IL to the capitol in Springfield. Being there reminded me how much work we still have left to do to fight for immigration justice. The first thing they did when …

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  • March 11, 2019 05/29/15 Community Ventures Program (CVP) Invests in Veterans Housing

    JCUA is excited to announce its newest CVP investment: the Roosevelt Road Veterans Housing Project, a 90-unit facility for veterans experiencing homelessness and veterans with disabilities. CVP provided a no-interest $100,000 loan to A Safe Haven to cover a portion of the predevelopment costs associated …

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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.