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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15 Ways Being Jewish Is Meaningful

David HarrisSurveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity. How painfully sad! In response, and with the High Holy Days just around the corner, let me share what being Jewish means to me.

Ten New Reasons to Worry about the Iran Deal

David HarrisSince the P5+1 deal with Iran was announced on July 14, there have been a number of revealing developments that give a glimpse of what may lie ahead. We ignore or downplay them at our peril.

On Iran, Let's Get Serious

David HarrisNo U.S. government is infallible, which is why a robust - and, at all times, respectful - debate is needed, one that befits the high-stakes decision facing our nation.

Iran Deal -- Dangerous Unknowns Must Dictate Rejection by U.S. Congress

Despite U.S. pledge that the agreement with Iran on its nuclear program is based not on "trust" but on "verification," the text suggests that it also relies on wishful thinking.

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Upcoming Events

  • 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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