Recent Posts

August 25, 2022

Introducing asia smith, Community Safety Organizer

Hello to all JCUA community members! My name is asia smith (I prefer my name written lowercase), and I...

July 27, 2022

Welcoming Rabbi Steven Philp to the JCUA Board

Rabbi Steven Philp is an Associate Rabbi at Mishkan Chicago, a spiritual community reclaiming Judaism’s inspirational and transformative essence. He...

July 20, 2022

JCUA leaders appear in Chicago “36 Under 36” list

Congratulations to the nine JCUA members, staff, and partners who appear in this year’s “36 Under 36: Double Chai...

July 11, 2022

Introducing Our 2022 Summer Interns

JCUA is excited to welcome our three summer interns to the team! Dalya Lessem Elnecave, Julia Stern, and Elie...

June 22, 2022

D’var Torah on Bring Chicago Home

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, Dalya delivered the following D’var Torah at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. Shabbat Shalom....

April 12, 2022

Ezra Adamski on Lobbying Day in Springfield

It’s easy to forget how great the Midwestern emptiness is once you escape Chicago’s city limits. The city keeps...

March 08, 2022

Or Tzedek teens take on Bring Chicago Home campaign

Throughout Or Tzedek, we’ve been learning about organizing and where it exists on the continuum of change-making. (I’d always...

February 11, 2022

Celebrating CVP’s Impact: 2021 Annual Report

2021 was yet another banner year for JCUA’s Community Ventures Program, during which we continued to build strong Chicagoland neighborhoods...

February 07, 2022

Alana Chandler uses food to explore the experiences of Jews of Color

For Alana Chandler, growing up in Chicago’s Jewish community with both a Jewish and Japanese background could be an...

January 17, 2022

An MLK Day message from JCUA and IMAN

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are relieved that the people inside Congregation Beth Israel emerged unharmed,...