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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Dear U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

David HarrisIsrael?s leaders across the board believe that a better deal on the key provisions could have been struck with Iran. They argue that the P5+1 held most of the cards.

BBC Anchor Trivializes Iran Threat to Israel

David HarrisThe threat to Israel from the Iranian government goes far beyond the menacing rhetoric of Ahmadinejad. Indeed, it both preceded and outlived him.

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  • Wednesday, August 12, 6pm
  • ACCESS Kick-Off Event for Young Professionals (ages 21-40) at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park. Contact Ali Terkel at or 312-646-6111 for more info.
  • Monday, August 17, 5:30pm
  • "Unlock Congress" Book Talk & Cocktail Reception with author Michael Golden. No cost to attend but RSVPs are required. Contact Sarah van Loon at or 312-646-6124.
  • Thursday, September 3, 12pm
  • September First Thursday - Combating Hate Crimes with Chicago Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega. Contact Jane Charney at or 312-646-6115.
  • Wednesday, September 9, 7pm
  • AJC's Annual Evening in the Suburbs featuring Bret Stephens on the topic, "The Iran Deal: What Lies Ahead." Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Anna Glazer at or 312-646-6113.

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