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JCUA pursues social and economic justice through issue-based campaigns, community investment, and building bridges between the Jewish community and communities challenged by poverty and racism. Focused on mobilizing a progressive Jewish voice to address root causes of social injustice, JCUA works as an allied partner together with diverse communities across Chicago to achieve a more just city and better quality of life for all Chicagoans. Learn more about JCUA

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From the NewsBlog

Gun Lobby Appropriating Holocaust Imagery
There are debates over policy that are civil and there are debates that are fueled by disrespect, racism, discrimination and anti-Semitism. The new gun store and firing range being proposed in the Chicago suburb of Niles has generated conversation on both sides of the issue. People can have differences of opinion but it is never acceptable […]
Monday, July 21, 2014 2:05:20 PM

82 People Shot Over The Weekend And We Need Another Gun Shop?
This past Monday night over two hundred people packed into an auditorium in Niles for a meeting of the Niles Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. The issue that brought out people from all over Chicagoland was the proposed opening of a new gun store and firing range at 6143 Howard Street. The location […]
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:39:10 PM

Or Tzedek Advanced Activism 2014 Reflection
Or Tzedek’s first two-week overnight session was a huge success. The Advanced Activism program, which was double the length of previous sessions, had sixteen teen participants and five staff members.

Working in partnership with more than 14 Chicago-based social justice organizations, this summer’s Or Tzedek teens registered more than 130 voters, took part in an action to stop deportations and created “know your rights” videos. They canvassed for housing justice and raising the minimum wage.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 11:05:22 AM

JCUA July Newsletter
In the July issue of the JCUA Newsletter… More than 40 attend JCUA’s first official membership meeting Join us at the Social Justice Coffeehouse in Northbrook “Iftar in the Synagogue” registration closes 16 teens complete Or Tzedek 2-week Advanced Activism program Banks supporting JCUA’s Community Ventures Program Speak out against Niles gun shop near schools […]
Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:49:19 AM

Furthering The Momentum: First JCUA Member Meeting
A little less than a year ago, JCUA embarked on a new initiative of developing a membership program. Membership in JCUA costs nothing because it is about investing your passion, desire and time for a more just and equitable Chicago. It is about standing up and saying like the great individuals throughout Jewish history, “hineni […]
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:19:00 AM

City Council Committee Advances Emanuel’s Anti Gun Trafficking Measure
"We urge the City Council of Chicago to be bold enough to enact this common sense ordinance to reduce the supply of and access to illegal guns in this city, in an effort to reduce easy access to guns and resulting fatalities," said JCUA executive director Judy Levey in her testimony to the committee.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:18:44 PM

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Upcoming Events

► Social Justice Coffeehouse: Torah in the City
Mon, 28 Jul 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

► Jewish and Muslim Vigil for Immigrant Justice
Fri, 01 Aug 2014
7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

► JCUA Member Meeting
Thu, 07 Aug 2014
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014
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► Interfaith Immigration Reform Vigil at President Obama's House
Thu, 24 Jul 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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