Immigrant Justice

JCUA advocates for the rights of immigrants

Jewish law demands that we treat the “stranger” with the utmost respect and dignity. The Torah reminds us dozens of times to treat the stranger well for “[we] were strangers in the land of Egypt.” For the past several years, immigration justice has been a focal point of our work at JCUA and we continue to stand with immigrant communities to demand a more just immigration system.

To find out more and get involved in JCUA's work for immigrant rights, contact:

Judy Levey
Executive Director

CIR Advocacy Toolkits

Created by JCUA, these downloadable packets of materials will help when you reach out to local legislators, urging them to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Use these links to download the toolkits:



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Immigration Reform – JCUA News
JCUA Joins the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Campaign
By Elisa Redish JCUA Member I’m excited to work on the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights campaign through JCUA because I believe that all workers deserve dignity, including the right to decent wages and freedom from discrimination and harassment. My interest in workers’ rights developed in the year I took off between college and […]
Thursday, March 24, 2016 2:38:53 PM

Explore Social Responsibility In Your Own Backyard
By Karen Thirman Or Tzedek Parent My daughter Hannah was fortunate to be able to participate in Or Tzedek for two summers.  Not only did she have a great time and make new friends, her experience had a transformative impact on her understanding of social justice issues and her role and responsibility as a Jew […]
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 4:05:07 PM

Selma at 50 – “Effecting Change in Our Communities”
Judy Levey, JCUA Executive Director, speaks on a panel at the Chicago Theological Seminary's conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of Selma.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:33:42 AM

JCUA January 2015 Newsletter
In the January 2015 issue of the JCUA newsletter… Join JCUA in 2015 to learn more about our two new organizing campaigns. RSVP for JCUA’s first member meeting of 2015 on Jan. 21. Or Tzedek Summer 2015 registration is open. What are you doing on MLK day weekend? Guest blog post on immigration reform. Save the […]
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 3:01:08 PM

Kalman Resnick: ‘Our Immigration System is Broken, and Everybody Knows It’
For 41 years, longtime JCUA Leader and prominent attorney Kalman Resnick has defended the rights of immigrants and their families. JCUA is pleased to share the following Dvar Torah, presented by Kalman at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue on Jan. 9, expressing the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S and why you should care. This week’s […]
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 1:38:37 PM

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