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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End the Israel-bashing at the United Nations

Brian SiegalOver decades most U.N. member states have methodically singled out Israel for condemnations. No other country is treated this way.

The Battle for France

Kenneth Bandler"Each French citizen has the right to live safely, to practice his own religion, to be protected by the French government," says Gilles Clavreul.

Three Reflections on Sukkot

Steven BaymeThe hallmarks of the Festival include the sukkah hut itself, and the four agricultural species - the citron, the palm frond, the myrtle, and the willows.

The European Migration Crisis

The world is presently experiencing a wave of migration of a magnitude unseen since World War II. This AJC backgrounder takes a deeper look at the situation at hand, the implications for European Jewish communities, and more.

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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, October 22nd
  • Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner honoring Tom Fitzgerald. This award is given annually to a distinguished Chicago attorney and honors those who have upheld Judge Learned Hand’s commitment to justice. For more information, contact Anna Glazer at or 312.646.6113.
  • Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30pm
  • AJC Chicago and Hellenic American Leadership Council presents an exclusive Marshall Society commemoration of Oxi Day, Greece's rejection of Nazi forces, with AJC and HALC. RSVPs are required and space is limited. Contact Amy Miller at or 312.646.6126 for more information.
  • Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30pm
  • Please join AJC ACCESS Chicago for a young professionals happy hour at Soho House. This is a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with young diplomats from Poland, Japan, Germany, India and more. Register HERE or contact ACCESS Director Ali Terkel for more information.

  • Thursday, November 5th at 12pm
  • November First Thursday: Join AJC to learn about the Kurdish perspective on the changing Middle East with H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq Representative to the United States. For more information, contact Jane Charney at charneyj@ajc.orgor 312.646.6115
  • Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30pm
  • AJC Chicago will partner with the National Museum of Mexican Art to present Mexican-Jewish author Sophie Goldberg's newest book, "Lunas de Estambul." Tickets are $10 and include light appetizers and drinks. Register here. For more information, contact Jane Charney at or 312.646.6115.


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