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

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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

$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


JCUA’s Teen Social Justice Program has taught over 500 teenagers how to put their Jewish values into action as powerful social justice advocates.


Upcoming Events

Faith-Based Expanded Sanctuary Teach-in
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join JCUA, CRLN, and other North-side partners for a teach-in around Expanding Sanctuary in Chicago, focusing on the work being done to place a moratorium on use of Chicago’s Gang Database by CPD. This is an important event to attend for anyone interested in getting more deeply involved with JCUA’s city-based immigration campaign work.

Please contact Anna Rubin (anna@jcua.org) for more information!

Immigration Committee Meeting
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join JCUA at Sketchpad (4700 N. Ravenswood Ave., door on Leland) on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm for our Immigration Committee meeting. RSVP here!
Please contact Anna (anna@jcua.org) for more information.
Police Accountability Committee Meeting
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in Hyde Park at KAM Isaiah Israel (1100 E Hyde Park Blvd) to discuss our CPCA (Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability) and GAPA (Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability) campaigns. RSVP here!

Please contact Avra (avra@jcua.org) for more information.

Chicago Justice Series: Art & Change with Young Chicago Authors @ Silverstein Base Hillel
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

On Sunday, April 29, join the Chicago Justice Series as we explore the interplay between art and social justice in Chicago with Young Chicago Authors. Luis Carranza and Kee Stein, members of YCA’s 2017 Bomb Squad Program, will perform their slam poetry, lead a writing workshop and Q&A about the role art plays in creating change in Chicago.

The Chicago Justice Series is a collaboration of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Mishkan Chicago, Repair the World, and Silverstein Base Hillel. This event is co-sponsored by Avodah.

***You must RSVP here for this event***


Luis Carranza is from south west side of Chicago; Writer, Community organizer, Activist. Founder of Little Village High School Student Union captain of Little Village High School poetry slam team, Louder than a bomb semi-finalist performed at Villapalooza, Art institute of Chicago, Mamby on the beach, Open books, and member of Bomb squad 2017

Kee Stein was originally hatched in Las Vegas but now resides in the Back of the Yards, Chicago where she thoughtfully types hella poems on her chromebook and eats Harold’s twice a week. She is a former competitor in Louder Than A Bomb and a member of Young Chicago Authors’s 2017 Bomb Squad Program. Her works are explorations into the worlds that cradle her: Queerness, Blackness, Womxnhood. Kee’s bars are instigations aimed to combat the societal and political structures that straight, white dudes have doomed us with. Shorty is fierce with a pen, loud with a mic, unafraid to take up space, and hopes to get rich on the Ellen Show.l.

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  • April 5, 2018 05/29/15 Tools for the Long Haul: L’Dor VaDor

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  • April 3, 2018 05/29/15 No Registries in Illinois!

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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


JCUA’s 2018 Annual Acts of Change Dinner

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Honoring Peggy Slater
Lifelong Social Justice Champion

5:45 p.m. Cocktail reception, Dinner and Program
Galleria Marchetti
825 West Erie, Chicago

Honorary Event Chair
Rabbi Robert J Marx

Event Chairs
Bruce Elder & Annette Turow

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