Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to protect the rights of Jews throughout the world; combats anti-Semitism and bigotry; works for the security of Israel; enhances human rights, democratic principles and intergroup understanding; and promotes the creative vitality of the Jewish people.

The Chicago Regional Office seeks to enact AJC's mission on a local level by advocating AJC's public policy agenda, building ties to the area's diverse racial, ethnic and religious communities, working with the Foreign Consular Corps and elected officials, and fostering Jewish unity.

The Chicago Regional Office, chartered in 1944, is one of 25 regional offices nationwide. Our innovative programs are steeped in both the principles of American democracy and the traditions and values of Jewish teachings. Our deliberations consistently influence the agenda for the American Jewish community.

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Letter from a City on Lockdown

Daniel SchwammenthalYou know something has gone awfully wrong when you get phone calls from friends and family in Israel who are worried about your personal safety in Europe's capital.

As Islamist Terrorism Increases, Some Respond? By Assailing Israel

David HarrisFor the AAA, as for the Swedish foreign minister and, it appears, too many EU nations, the path of least political resistance is to focus obsessively on Israel

Anti-Israel Anthropologists Defy Logic

Dan ElbaumIf a proposed resolution passes, Israeli universities will be the only academic institutions in the world boycotted by the 10,000-member American Anthropological Association

Jews are the Canaries in the Coal Mine for European Islamic Terror

Lawrence GrossmanAntisemitism never just stops with the Jews, and failure to deal with it effectively endangers all of society.

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  • Thursday, December 3rd at 12pm
  • December First Thursday: Join AJC Chicago for the next First Thursday event, which will feature policy analyst Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi speaking on "Syria and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard: A Terrorism Pipeline." The event will take place at a Loop location and will include lunch Register here. For more information, contact Amy Miller at or 312.646.6126.

  • Thursday, December 10th at 6pm
  • AJC Chicago Marshall Society Annual Hanukkah Celebration: Join AJC for a reception and candle-lighting to celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. Please contact Jane Charney at or 312.646.6115 for more information.

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