Join Our Community

JCUA’s power comes from our people. Join the 2,000 Jews organizing for racial and economic justice in Chicago and Illinois.

There’s never been a better time to join JCUA.

Over the last eight years, we’ve built a powerful community of Jews from all backgrounds, neighborhoods, and life experiences. We’ve used our people power to win historic campaigns for police accountability, immigration justice, healthcare, workers’ rights, and more. And in 2023, we need you!

If you’re someone who shares JCUA’s vision of a future where everyone in Chicago and Illinois has safety, dignity, and the resources they need to flourish, we encourage you to join our community and be part of the work.

JCUA members:

  • Build joyful and supportive community with other Jews
  • Take action on issues facing the people of Chicago and Illinois
  • Get access to JCUA training programs, resources, and mentorship
  • Participate in organizational decision-making

There are plenty of ways to be a JCUA member: whether you join a committee, drop in every so often, or just make an annual contribution, we’re glad that you’re part of the community. By becoming a member, you are supporting JCUA’s growth and helping to make our home a more just and equitable place for everyone!

We would love to get to know you better! Click here to be connected to one of JCUA’s staff organizers, who will reach out to set up a one-on-one conversation!

What JCUA members say:

JCUA has given me an incredible community, allowed me to take on leadership roles, and showed me that my passion for Jewish identity and social justice are anything but mutually exclusive.

— Gwen Tucker

JCUA is one of my most impactful communities. I have grown as an organizer, a political actor, and Jewish community member.

— Iszy Hirschtritt Licht

The JCUA community keeps me motivated when I’m feeling discouraged by the political landscape and feeling powerless about what I can do to create change. JCUA has become my home for much of my activism work.

— Beth Lange

JCUA provides me with a way to engage in justice work in a way that feels purposeful, non-performative, and helpful. It also provides me with a community of like-minded Jews that I haven’t found elsewhere in the city.

— Andie Linker

Being a member of JCUA has provided me a place to interact with likeminded Jews of Color. I’ve gotten to know other members of Kol Or and find fellowship.

— Hilary Felton

My JCUA organizing and relationships help me turn anger into the joy of solidarity rather than the despair of alienation and resignation to inevitability.

— Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein

JCUA makes contributing to systemic change accessible for me. It pushes me out of my comfort zone in organizing work for social justice.

— Maris Garcia