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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Poland, Twenty-Five Years Later

Noam MaransThe once-destroyed center of European Jewry is now a magnet for today?s dual centers of world Jewry ? the U.S. and Israel ? contributing to the nascent revival of Jewish life in Poland.

Will Methodists Choose Peace?

Emily SoloffThe United Methodist Church General Conference will consider at least 14 resolutions on Israel. Even Islamic State has only one of a few hundred words. This is disproportional in the extreme.

Israel at 68

David HarrisIsrael celebrates its 68th Day of Independence this week. Let me put my cards on the table. I'm not dispassionate when it comes to Israel. Quite the contrary.

Trip Reinforces Hope in Future of Jewish People

Harvey KaplanThe trajectory of the Jewish journey was very much on my mind as I recently traveled with an AJC delegation to Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

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Upcoming Events

  • June 2nd, 2016 at 12pm
  • June First Thursday: Join us to hear Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, who will share his first-hand account from Brussels while discussing the rise in European anti-Semitism, the Islamic terrorism threat to Europe, and what AJC is doing to help. Both events will take place Thursday, June 2. The event in Naperville is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will take place at Congregation Beth Shalom. The Loop event will take place at 12 p.m. and will include lunch. Register here for the First Thursday lunch and here for the Naperville event. For more information on either event, contact Sarah van Loon at or 312.646.6124.
  • June 5-7th, 2016
  • AJC Global Forum/ACCESS Track in Washington, D.C.: Join more than 2,000 Jewish leaders from all over the world for three days of advocacy meetings, plenaries with world leaders, visits to embassies and to Capitol Hill, and educational opportunities. Register here. For more information about Global Forum, contact Sarah van Loon at 312.646.6124 or For more information about the ACCESS track, contact Ali Terkel at or 312.646.6111.
  • Monday, June 30th at 12pm
  • Exclusive Marshall Society Lunch: Israel and the Sunni Arab Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. Featuring Jonathan Adelman,Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. There is no cost to attend for the Marshall Society, but space is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP here or contact Amy Miller at
  • July 12th, 2016 at 6pm
  • Young Professionals Happy Hour at The Dawson on July 12th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature remarks by Israeli Consul General Roey Gilad, "Facing the Challenges of the New Middle East." The cost of the event is $18 and includes an open bar and appetizers. Register here or contact Anna Glazer at or 312-646-6113.

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