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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To Fight Anti-Semitism First Define It

Rabbi Andrew BakerLack of agreement on how to define anti-Semitism undermines Jewish community security, endangers the safety of individual Jews, and leads some to question their future in Europe.

TPP Demise Hurts US Interests

David HarrisThe death of the TPP will intensify already existing doubts about American reliability, doubts that AJC had heard from numerous opinion leaders and government officials from the region and around the world.

Obama Should Leave A Legacy That Can Bring Peace

John ShapiroWe hope President Obama can encourage President Abbas to remember the words of John F. Kennedy: "Let us never fear to negotiate." That would be an important legacy.

In Honor of Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands: Letter from a Forgotten Jew

David HarrisWe were once vibrant communities in Aden, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and other nations, with roots dating back literally 2,000 years and more. Now we are next to none

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Upcoming Events

  • September 18th, 2016 at 2pm
  • Special Lecture by Father Patrick Desbois, Skokie Location.  Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center to hear French-Catholic priest Father Patrick Desbois speak about his truly historic work to preserve the memory of entire communities that had disappeared during the Holocaust. Father Desbois has worked closely with the AJC Protecting Memory initiative, where AJC, along with several partner organizations, have dedicated grave sites in Ukraine that were discovered by Father Desbois. For more information please click here and to reserve your spot please click here.

  • November 3rd, 2016 at 6pm
  • Nerenberg ACCESS Annual Event featuring Herb Keinon. Join us for our annual ACCESS Happy Hour featuring Herb Keinon, veteran diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. The evening will include drinks and apps at a convenient downtown location. Tickets HERE. For more information contact Ali Terkel at

  • November 3rd, 2016 at 12pm
  • November First Thursday with Herb Keinon. Join us for a the November First Thursday program featuring Herb Keinon, veteran diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. The program will focus on "Israel and the Sunni Arab Middle East" and will take place at a convenient downtown location. For more information or to register please contact Amy Stoken at


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