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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Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken EHC Community Health Fair @ Beth Shalom B'Nai Zaken EHC
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

2Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken EHC, one of JCUA’s congregation partners, hosts its annual community health fair. Services will include cancer screenings, dental exams, diabetes screenings, financial planning and more. Former JCUA board member Steven Rothschild will participate by providing free physical exams.

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JCore Meeting on Fair Tax @ Grace Place
Jul 31 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a JCore meeting on Tuesday, July 31 to discuss the exciting opportunities for JCUA to organize around the Fair Tax campaign. The Fair Tax referendum will be on the ballot in November 2020, and if passed, will allow the state of Illinois to tax wealthier residents at a higher rate to direct more money for public goods and services. JCUA has been a long-standing supporter of this campaign. We’re holding this meeting to discuss the impact of the referendum and to gather your ideas about how JCUA can best move forward.

RSVP here.

For more information, contact community organizer Avra Shapiro: avra@jcua.org

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Kol Or Meeting @ Flood's Hall
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for our August gathering of Kol Or.

JCUA’s Kol Or is a place for those who identify as Jews of Color to build community and play an intentional and influential role in the direction of JCUA’s work.

For more information, contact Jackie Baldwin: jackie@jcua.org or Cydney Wallace: cswallace12@gmail.com

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White Racial Justice Working Group Meeting @ Sketchpad
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The first meeting of JCUA’s new White Racial Justice Working Group. We’ll discuss our collective understanding of what it means for us to participate as white Jews in the fight for racial justice. We’ll share our personal and communal reasons for gathering in this intentional way and the role this effort can have in our lives, as JCUA members and beyond.

This meeting is open to all JCUA members who attended the Racial Justice Training in May. There will be dinner.

Reach out to avra@jcua.org for further questions.

Latest Blog

  • July 9, 2019 05/29/15 Meet Summer Organizing Intern Hannah Berger

    Hi! I’m Hannah Berger and I am the social work intern at JCUA this summer. Social Work is a very broad field, and encompasses everything from the clinical therapy to community organizing, which I am so excited to engage with this summer. I am currently …

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  • June 26, 2019 05/29/15 Meet Summer Organizing Intern Bevy Daniel

    Hi! My name is Bevy Daniel, and I’m an Organizing intern for JCUA this summer. I’m so excited by the way JCUA matches its Jewish values to its actions, and can’t wait to learn more about and contribute to the organizing team’s efforts.  I grew up …

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  • June 26, 2019 05/29/15 Meet Summer Organizing Intern Maisie Smith

    Hi! My name is Maisie Smith and I am super excited to be an Organizing Intern for JCUA this summer. I can’t wait to learn more about how JCUA engages Jewish communities in work towards change around the issues that are most pressing to them. About …

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  • 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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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.