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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JCUA – URJ Mitzvah Corps Partnership Teen Institute for Social Justice @ University of Illinois Chicago
Jun 25 – Jul 6 all-day

A unique, Chicago-based program that provides opportunities for teens from across the country to learn about and take action on current social justice campaigns. The program gives teens a Jewish framework to explore their social justice identities and gives them the tools and inspiration to build a better world.

We focus on building the skills for meaningful community organizing by looking at a root cause analysis of social justice issues. Teens come away equipped to be agents of positive systemic change. Every program builds a community of teen activists passionate about making Chicago a more just city.

In every program, teens will:

  • Learn from leaders on the forefront of activism
  • Create change in Chicago’s diverse communities
  • Gain critical thinking and leadership skills
  • Build a community with other teens who are passionate about social justice
  • Strengthen their Jewish identity
  • …and HAVE FUN!

Get involved with JCUA today!

*This session is a partnership with URJ’s Mitzvah Corps program. For more information and to register, please visit the Mitzvah Corps Chicago page: https://mitzvahcorps.org/programs/chicago/

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Police Oversight Expert Workshop: Featuring Adam Gross @ Spertus
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What does community-informed police accountability look like in practice? For months, the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) has researched models for community oversight and convened community meetings to evaluate them. Join JCUA member for a workshop to learn about what a community oversight board in Chicago could look like. This meeting with be facilitated by Adam Gross, director of Justice Reform At BPI (Business and Professional People for the Public Interest).

Please RSVP at  http://bit.ly/626jcua

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Racial Justice Book & Film Series: Exploring Jewish Text about Racial Justice & Havdalah @ Silverstein Base Hillel
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We will be concluding our Racial Justice Book and Film Series with an exploration of traditional and modern Jewish texts. Over some delicious food and drinks, let’s discuss how these texts both challenge and guide us as a Jewish community to engage in racial justice. After the discussion, we will celebrate Havdalah, using this Jewish ritual to transition both from Shabbat to the rest of the week and from this series to our next steps as a community.

Email hannaharwe@jcua.org or join our Facebook event to RSVP!

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Organizing 101 Training
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

What is Jewish about community organizing? What is power and how can I use it? What does it mean to create public relationships? Active JCUA members can attend this training to learn organizing concepts and Jewish learning critical to our work.

Latest Blog

  • June 5, 2017 05/29/15 Meet Rachel Mintz!

    By Rachel Mintz, JCUA Intern Hello! My name is Rachel Mintz and I am the Or Tzedek Intern this summer. I am thrilled to be part of such an incredible program that educates teens about social injustice, gives them the tools to bring about change, and inspires …

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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.

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
2017 Annual Acts of Change Dinner

Honoring
Jamie Kalven
Award-Winning Investigative Reporter on Police Accountability in Chicago

Evening of Thursday, June 8
Galleria Marchetti
825 W. Erie, Chicago

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