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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Refugee Despair

Kenneth BandlerThe long-term impact on the refugees and their families, as well as on the host countries, is incalculable, as they are unlikely to return to Syria any time soon, if ever.

Europe is Torpedoing the Palestinian State

Lawrence GrossmanMuch of Europe is today enamored of the idea of recognizing a state of "Palestine" in the absence of negotiation.This attempt at imposing a solution unrealistically raises Palestinian expectations, and is a recipe for failure.

Arab-Jewish Tensions

The condition of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, always challenging and often tested, is not good. President Reuven Rivlin has gone public, hoping to heal the rift before it widens further.

Latinos and Jews in America

Dina Siegel VannLatinos have realized that in order to meet their goal of building institutions that reflect demographic and sociological changes, the centuries-old Jewish experience may be useful.

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  • Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
  • AJC Chicago is pleased to honor Adam Hoeflich at our annual Human Rights Medallion Award Dinner. The Medallion is awarded annually to an individual who embodies the ideals and values of AJC, including promoting intergroup understanding and cooperation, and building a more compassionate society. For more information, contact Stephanie Pritzker at or 312.646.6112.

  • Thursday, Feb. 5 at 12:00 PM
  • AJC Chicago presents John Trainor of Hoy Chicago. Contact Sam Rodin at for more information.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 12:00 PM
  • Please join AJC Chicago for a briefing on the current situation surrounding the ongoing nuclear negotiations with David Ibsen, Executive Director of United Against a Nuclear Iran.

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