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
I Will Not Become Complacent
On Tuesday, November 22, over 250 people from across Chicago came together with JCUA to reject bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism, and to rededicate themselves to standing with the oppressed. Rabbi Megan GoldMarche of Metro Chicago Hillel delivered these powerful words. On election night, my wife, Paige, and I decided to host a party for our college students. We figured it […]
Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:53:33 PM

From the Many, One
By Lisa Bendoff JCUA Member Before I begin discussing the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (IL DWBR), in the spirit of full disclosure, I must make the following confession: I am just a simple E pluribus unum kind of gal living in a crazy mixed up Bellum omnium contra omnes sorta world. That’s right, […]
Monday, June 27, 2016 4:10:45 PM

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

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