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 57 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 main program areas: grassroots organizing campaigns, youth engagement, and community development. Join our movement.

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Join us for Acts of Change 2021, when our entire community comes together
to recognize JCUA as Chicago’s Jewish voice for social justice.

Upcoming Events

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Acts of Change outreach hour
Jun 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Register here to help us invite JCUA members to register for and support Acts of Change 2021! We will provide you with everything you need in order to be successful (a list of people, a call script, etc.), and are grateful for your help!

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Juneteenth Havdalah with Kol Or
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of JCUA as we commemorate the emancipation of Africans from slavery. Register here.

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Acts of Change outreach hour
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Register here to help us invite JCUA members to register for and support Acts of Change 2021! We will provide you with everything you need in order to be successful (a list of people, a call script, etc.), and are grateful for your help!

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Acts of Change
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Acts of Change is when our entire community comes together to recognize JCUA as Chicago’s Jewish voice for social justice. Featuring music, keynote speakers, and special guests, we will celebrate our recent victories and recommit to the work of transforming Chicago into a place that takes caBrire of all its residents. Please register and make a donation here.

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  • March 11, 2021 05/29/15 Announcing JCUA’s next campaign: Bring Chicago Home

    We have a new campaign! Following a two-month selection process of proposals, presentations, and deliberation, the JCUA membership has voted to join Bring Chicago Home (BCH), a grassroots movement to combat homelessness in Chicago. The campaign seeks to create a dedicated revenue stream for permanent supportive housing by restructuring the way the city collects …

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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 essential values, we adopt DefaultVeg as our food practice for all meetings and events hosted by JCUA, to shift our purchasing practices away from factory farming — a root cause of social injustice for humans, animals, and the environment.