Thursday June 2nd, 2022
Chicago History Museum | Streaming Online
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It's the biggest night of the year for JCUA!

All of the members, friends, and partners who make us a powerful community are coming together for an evening of celebration. After moving online for the past two years, we're excited to bring Acts of Change to the beautiful Chicago History Museum in Old Town (we'll also be streaming the program online!)

See all the event details and logistics.

Brad Lander to receive Rabbi Marx Award

JCUA alum returns to where it all got started

In 1989, a young Brad Lander began his illustrious career at JCUA. While attending the University of Chicago, he became our Associate Outreach Director, where he worked on community development projects on the South and West sides and connected Jewish institutions to JCUA's work.

Throughout it all, he learned the critical importance of building deep relationships within the Jewish community and across diverse coalitions.

Brad took his JCUA knowledge east to New York City, where over the past 30 years he’s become a leading voice for progressive politics. First elected to City Council in 2009, he co-founded New York’s Progressive Caucus and passed groundbreaking legislation to protect tenants, expand workers’ rights, and bring accountability to city agencies. Last year, he was elected New York City Comptroller — the chief accountability and financial officer — and has pledged to use his office to partner with community organizers and create a city where everyone can thrive.

Like it is for many in our community, JCUA was a formative and powerful force in Brad's trajectory as an activist and changemaker, and we are so proud to honor him with the Rabbi Robert J. Marx (z”l) Award for Social Justice at Acts of Change.

We are thrilled to recognize Rabbi Megan GoldMarche the Outgoing Senior Base Rabbi for Chicago Metro Hillel and the new Executive Director for Tribe12 — with the Miriam Award for Inspiring Community Leadership.

Rabbi Megan has been an instrumental JCUA Board member, partner, and leader in our community for more than five years. Throughout her time in Chicago, she has thrived at building active, engaged, and inclusive spaces for Jewish learning, culture, and action. As she prepares to leave Chicago to begin a new chapter in her life and career in Philadelphia, we are so glad to recognize all she’s meant to JCUA and the larger Jewish community of Chicagoland at Acts of Change.

We are excited to welcome Mecole Jordan-McBride, the Advocacy Director for the NYU School of Law Policing Project, to deliver special remarks at Acts of Change about her work on policing, grassroots organizing, and public safety.

Mecole led Chicago's Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), the coalition of community- and faith-based organizations (including JCUA) that organized for and successfully created the most progressive system of civilian oversight of police in the United States. She is a stalwart coalition builder, organizer, and advocate for accountability, democracy, and public safety.

Acts of Change Sponsors


The Rothman Family Foundation


Sara Henry Donor Advised Fund:

Jeff Zaluda, Donor Advisor

Kathy Kirn & David Levinson

Benetta Mansfield & Kalman Resnick


Helen & Michael Arkes

Liz Rice & Matt Goldberg

Bridge Builder

Julie Dorfman & Jerry Herst

Peter Kupferberg

Linda & Judson Miner

Lisa Moss & Andrew Bokor

Peggy Slater


Andy & Rich Amend

Evi Faure & Allen Goldberg

Hilarie Lieb & Morris Goldman

Michelle Gittler & Lee Francis

Karen & Andrew Jacobs

Gerry & Steve Keen

Randi Kaplan Stern


Kay Berkson & Sidney Hollander

Marcia Bogolub & Phil Kaplan

Robert L. Cohn

Lizzie & David Graham

Ceilanne Libber & Rabbi Ike Serotta

Janet & David Midgley

Sylvia Neil

Lisa Oppenheim & Steve Rothschild

Douglas & Anne Petersen

Lauren & Rabbi Frederick Reeves

Lauren Rosenthal & Howard Learner

Beth Solomon & Scott Bakal

Nikki & Fred Stein

Annette Turow

Sponsors as of May 19, 2022

Host Committee

Andy & Rich Amend
Helen & Mike Arkes
Karyn & Rus Bass Ehler
Kay Berkson & Sidney Hollander
Sara Cantor & George Aye
Alex Chernick
Rabbi Shoshanah Conover
Rabbi Reni Dickman
Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould
Lizzie & David Graham
Rabbi Suzanne Griffel
Ilanit Goldberg-Gradess
Rabbi Lauren Henderson
Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann
Rachel Hillman
Karen & Andy Jacobs
Susan Kaplan & Len Cavise
Gerry & Steve Keen
Kathy Kirn & David Levinson
Andie Linker
Linda & Alan Goldberg
Hilarie Lieb & Morris Goldman
Paige GoldMarche
Iszy Hirschtritt Licht
Rabbi Jessica Lott
Benetta Mansfield & Kalman Resnick
Lisa Moss & Andy Bokor
Tani Prell
Miles Rapoport
Rabbi Frederick & Lauren Reeves
Gregory Rothman
Rabbi David & Rebecca Russo
Michael Simon
Caroline Spikner
Randi Kaplan Stern
Cydney Wallace
Acasia Wilson & David Feinberg
Deb & Jeff Zaluda

About JCUA

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is working to transform Chicago into a city free of poverty, racism and antisemitism, by mobilizing the Jewish community to be a powerful voice for economic and racial justice. For 58 years, we have worked in partnership with diverse coalitions and directly impacted communities to address the root causes of disparity and advocate for concrete improvements in people’s lives. With a growing membership of more than 2,000 Jews across Chicagoland, we bring a committed base to three central program areas: grassroots organizing campaigns, youth engagement, and community development. Learn more at