Seven years ago JCUA adopted a membership model based in grassroots community organizing. Ever since our first campaign to create a Level 1 Trauma Center at the University of Chicago (which our coalition won!), we’ve made sure the progressive Jewish community is a powerful partner in local movements for racial and economic justice.

As we near the end of 2021 — with 2000 members, sixteen congregation partners, three standing committees, and thousands of supporters — our JCUA community is more powerful, diverse, and determined than ever.

JCUA’s seven-year organizational journey has corresponded with the seven-year Shmita cycle, an ancient Jewish tradition in which slaves and captives are freed, debts are forgiven, and resources become accessible to all. Our commitment to justice and liberation in 2021 is connected to our oldest communal practices. We see the spirit of Shmita in our work for #Citizenship4All, in our work on public safety and housing justice, in our focus on investing in Black and Brown communities, and much more. The Shmita is a special opportunity to reflect and act on our commitments.

Read a letter from our Executive Director, Judy Levey, who writes about JCUA’s growth over the last seven years, our big victories from 2021, and the connection between Shmita and our work pursuing justice.

We ask now that you join JCUA for the next cycle of growth and impact. We must continue to build the power of organized people to create systemic change in Chicago and Illinois; we can only do this work through organizing our resources. We are grateful for your end-of-year contribution to fuel our work. Any donation of $18 or more makes you a JCUA member for 2022.