JCUA is taking action to make civic engagement a priority for Chicago’s Jewish community. This is a critical time in our city – if we want a mayor and city council that will support our campaigns to create a more just Chicago, we need to work to elect representatives who feel accountable to us, our community partners, and our values.
Below are resources for getting involved and staying informed about candidates, voting, and more!
JCUA’s Aldermanic Candidate Voter Guide
and runoff scorecard
Chicago’s runoff elections are on Tuesday, April 2, and there is so much at stake for Chicago. We are not just voting for candidates -the issues and values we care about are #UpForElection. Check out JCUA’s runoff scorecard analyzing results from our Aldermanic Voter Guide for the five wards with runoff elections.
You can also check out JCUA’s updated Aldermanic Candidate Voter Guide for full responses to the questions on the scorecard. These responses were compiled before the general election and have not been changed. Please use this guide to to help you and your community learn more about candidates’ positions on issues related to JCUA’s work and mission.
JCUA’s original voter guide included responses from 32 candidates in 11 wards on issues of importance to JCUA including the Welcoming City Ordinance, the Chicago Gang Database, community oversight of the Chicago Police Department, reforms to Fraternal Order of Police Union contract, poverty, racism, antisemitism, and affordable housing.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT DIVREI TOrah
Seven congregations from JCUA’s Congregation Partner Network are participating in JCUA’s Get Out the Vote Pledge:
Anshe Emet Synagogue, Beth Shalom B’nei Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, Emanuel Congregation, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC), KAM Isaiah Israel, Mishkan Chicago, or Temple Sholom
Congregation rabbis have been speaking about the election and the importance of voting in their divrei torah.
Voting, Civic Engagement and the Parsha – Rabbi Fred Reeves, KAM Isaiah Israel
Act in the Gap – Rabbi Lauren Hendershon, Mishkan Chicago
The Mitzvah of Voting – Rabbi David Russo, Anshe Emet Synagogue
CANDIDATE FORUMS And
community partner resources
Expanding Sanctuary Voter Guide: The Chicago Immigration Policy Group and members of the Campaign to Expand Sanctuary asked all candidates running for mayor in Chicago in 2019 to respond to questions about where they stand on the Welcoming City Ordinance and the Gang Database. The responses from the seven candidates who responded are listed here in this guide.
After decades of disinvestment in our communities, massive displacement of Black and Brown families, and lack of resources for public schools and affordable housing, it is time for a change. JCUA endorses the Grassroots Collaborative #ReImagineChicago platform. Over 60 JCUA members attended the #ReImagineChicago Mayoral Candidates Forum! See photos here.
50 JCUA members attended Community Renewal Society’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faith in Action Assembly and Mayoral Candidates Forum. See photos here. This event led to the creation of Community Renewal Society’s Chicago Mayoral Candidate Scorecard. This scorecard is a summary of the answers asked of the candidates at the forum around police accountability, restoring opportunities and justice reform, community development, and a just economy for safe communities.