Build Community with JCUA

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Support JCUA with an End-of-Year Gift!

2018 has been a challenging year. Racism, bigotry, antisemitism – these scourges feel more prevalent, public and dangerous than ever before, but these are not new threats. Our community partners and our own Jewish community have been fighting systemic oppression for generations.

That is why JCUA was founded; that is what has fueled our work since, and that is what compels JCUA and our members to take action today. We want you to join us. 

The number 18, or Chai, signifies life, making the year 2018 a powerful reminder that of all our Jewish values, our obligation to uphold the value of human life is among the most important. So while we reflect on the difficult year behind us, we are proud to say that 2018 has also been a year of deep impact. It has been a year in which we have pledged to center the voices of Jewish People of Color in our work. It has been a year of passionate commitment to the pursuit of social justice by JCUA members who know that life – our shared humanity – is at the core of JCUA’s work:

  • We advance immigration justice because we were strangers once. These words are well worn, but their significance has never been more relevant. As policies are advancing with devastating ramifications for our immigrant and refugee siblings, JCUA fights for everyone’s right to live with dignity and respect.
  • We work for police accountability to make our communities, and the police who serve them, safer. We believe police who lose sight of our shared humanity and who use excessive force must be held accountable. JCUA believes in collective responsibility: if the lives of our siblings living in neighborhoods across Chicago are at risk, then none of us are safe.
  • We provide zero-interest loans to under-resourced communities through our Community Ventures Program. We believe housing and economic opportunity are basic human rights that all Chicago residents should be able to access for themselves and their families.
  • We engage youth in social justice through a Jewish lens. We want them to understand and appreciate that our fates are inextricably linked and that together we must elevate equity and reject those who espouse hate. 

Please make a generous year-end gift to support JCUA’s work for a more just Chicago.

For 54 years JCUA has worked on a grassroots level to combat poverty, racism and antisemitism working in partnership with diverse communities. It is through this work that we break down barriers, build community, elevate and dignify life, and move together towards a shared vision of an equitable city.

L’Shalom,

Judy Levey                              Jeff Zaluda
Executive Director                   Board President

P.S. Your year-end gift to JCUA makes you a member through 2019! 

If you prefer to mail a check gift,
please make it out to “JCUA” and mail to:

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
4700 N. Ravenswood, Suite B
Chicago, IL 60640