JCUA is a community of changemakers working to transform Chicago and Illinois into a home for all of us. Founded in 1964 by Rabbi Robert J. Marx, we harness our values, traditions, and experiences as Jews to organize for systemic change and work to ensure that everyone in our region has the safety, dignity, and resources they need to flourish.
We do this by:
Developing powerful leaders to shape the future of our city and state
Mobilizing our community to take action for racial and economic justice
Building a world free of racism, antisemitism, and white supremacy
JCUA’s power comes from our people. We are a multiracial, multigenerational community of activists, educators, clergy, artists, parents, children, and neighbors from across Chicago and Illinois — sharing a common purpose and vision for our region.
As a member-driven organization, JCUA's nearly 2,000 members are advocates and coalition partners working to address the root causes of disparity and oppression in Chicago. We mobilize our members to take action in partnership with community organizations in order to create a more just and equitable city.
JCUA's Board of Directors
President — Karyn Bass Ehler
Vice President — Sara Cantor
Treasurer — Rich Amend
Secretary — Cydney Wallace
Immediate Past President — Rabbi Fred Reeves
Founder — Rabbi Robert J. Marx (z"l)*
Rabbi Steven Philp
Rabbi Capers Funnye*