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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Looming Presbyterian Assault on Israel

Kenneth BandlerThe PCUSA has historically devoted excessive attention to Israel and is now about to drift further away from constructively advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Three Lessons From Orlando

David HarrisWe need to grasp the essential fact that our enemy is a worldwide belief system that views our civilizational values as worthy targets -- and uses terrorism to advance its goals.

Yazidi Resilience

Kenneth Bandler"They called us spoils of war just because of our faith," 15-year-old Samia said of her ISIS captors. "What happened to the Yazidis is genocide."

Why History Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War

David HarrisWithout an understanding of what happened in the past, it?s impossible to grasp where we are today ? and where we are has profound relevance for the region and the world

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Upcoming Events

  • June 27th at 6pm
  • Human Right Medallion Award Dinner on June 27th at 6pm: AJC Chicago will be honoring Bruce S. Lubin, Executive Managing Director and President of The PrivateBank’s Illinois Commercial Banking, with the 2016 Human Rights Medallion Award. This event will honor Mr. Lubin for his extraordinary professional accomplishments and his dedication to many philanthropic and civic endeavors. For more information, to make a contribution, or to make a reservation please contact Anna Glazer, Director of Special Events at 312-646-6113 or
  • Thursday, June 30th at 6pm
  • ACCESS Happy Hour: Israel Among the Nations: Russia, China, India and Vietnam featuring Jonathan Adelman, professor at the University of Denver. Join AJC's young professionals for wine and appetizers on Thursday, June 30th at 6pm Downtown. Please register here or contact Ali Terkel at
  • Thursday, 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 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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