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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JCore Member Meeting @ Spertus Building
Apr 27 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Get involved in JCUA’s organizing by attending our general organizing meeting. JCore meetings are open to all members.

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First Round Applications DUE for JCUA Organizing Fellowship
May 1 all-day

Are you passionate about social justice? Interested in using Jewish values to repair the world? Always wanted to be a community organizer in Chicago?

This one-of-a-kind social justice program teaches college-aged students about community organizing with a Jewish lens, and gives them hands-on experience with local Chicago issues. Fellows use community organizing to express and strengthen their Jewish identities, while building the skills they need to combat the root causes of inequality in our city and create real systemic change.

Learn more and apply: https://jcua.org/organizingfellowship/

May
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Racial Justice Book & Film Series: A Discussion of Assata Shakur’s Autobiography @ Silverstein Base Hillel
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We will be discussing renowned Black Panther organizer Assata Shakur’s Autobiography. Shakur worked for black liberation in the 60s and 70s. We will be digging deeper into how the United States has viewed and treated activists of color, and examining the strength and resiliency of black and brown movements for change.

From Google Reads: “44 years ago this month, Black Panther Assata Shakur lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder. This intensely personal and political autobiography belies her fearsome image long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and the works of Maya Angelou. Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.”

Grab a copy at your nearest library branch or bookstore and join us on May 22! As always, there will be serious noshes provided.

Jun
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Annual Acts of Change Dinner @ Galleria Marchetti
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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  • April 4, 2017 05/29/15 250 Join JCUA at Public Meeting for Police Accountability

    JCUA members deliver 160 postcards to Chicago aldermen calling on them not to vote on the Fraternal Order of Police contract expiring in June without significant reforms. CHICAGO, IL – On Sunday, April 2nd, more than 250 people gathered at KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park for …

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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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