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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Police Accountability Committee Meeting @ SketchPad
Dec 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for our next Police Accountability Committee Meeting.

Please note: organizing committee meetings are for members only. For more information, email avra@jcua.org. Sign up to be a member here: https://jcua.org/membership/

Jan
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JCore Meeting @ Sketchpad
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please RSVP for the Thursday, January 11th JCore meeting. The meeting will be from 6:15 until 8:00 PM at Sketchpad (4700 N. Ravenswood). There will be an orientation for first time attendees at 6:00 PM.

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/ycrpZYZECH4yzIhZ2

PLEASE NOTE: JCUA JCore meetings are for members only. To become a JCUA member, sign up here!: https://jcua.org/membership/

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Chicago Justice Series: MLK Dinner & Discussion on History of Segregation @ Silverstein Base Hillel
Jan 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Last year, in partnership with Mishkan, Silverstein Base Hillel and Repair the World, JCUA launched the Racial Justice Book & Film Series for Chicagoland folks interested in exploring issues of racial justice through literature and media. We are back for a second year in the series, now focusing on Chicago issues specifically. The 2018 Chicago Justice Book & Film Series will begin with a dinner and discussion on Chicago’s history of segregation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 15, 2018.

In January 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family moved to North Lawndale to join the Chicago Freedom Movement’s fight against housing segregation and interrelated injustices in Chicago. Over fifty years later, let’s come together this MLK Day to share a meal and discuss the history of segregation in our city. This event will kick off the Chicago Justice Book and Film series, a five-part exploration of social justice in Chicago and the different policies, movements, and injustices that have led to the landscape today.

The cosponsors of this series, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Mishkan Chicago, Repair the World, and Silverstein Base Hillel, are excited to welcome Jack Macnamara, a visiting scholar at Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning, as our speaker for the evening. In the 1960’s, Macnamara was the chief organizer of the Contract Buyers League of Chicago, an organization of African-American homeowners who fought against unscrupulous real estate speculators.

More info and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517346071706939/

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44th Ward Justice Shabbat
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mishkan and JCUA are coming together to celebrate Shabbat, learn about our police accountability campaigns, and talk about how we can take action as Jews in our own neighborhoods! Please note this event is only open to those who live in the 44th ward. Find which ward you live in here!

Email Rabbi Lauren at rabbilauren@mishkanchicago.org for more information.

 

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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.