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 HarrisOn the eve of Rosh Hashanah, AJC CEO David Harris writes: May every Jew everywhere feel, or perhaps come home to, the sense of joy, connection through time and space, shared destiny, collective responsibility, and daily inspiration that I've had the privilege of experiencing throughout my life.

The alt-right spews hatred of Jews. The alt-left: hatred of Israel

Seffi KogenThe alt-left, in short, hates Israel,and apparently nothing can disabuse it of the conviction that (Jewish) Israelisare morally repugnant war criminals who must be brought to heel.

Religion and State in Israel: What Do American Jews Think?

Lawrence GrossmanEnding the Orthodox legal monopoly has strong support among American Jews, with 74% favoring the extension of the right to perform weddings, divorces and conversions to non-Orthodox rabbis.

Israel Haters Excel in Disruption

Dan ElbaumOften the anti-Israel protesters derail the democratic process. Their latest outrageous effort to stop the free expression of ideas occurred at the New York City Council

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Upcoming Events

  • September 18th, 2016 at 2pm
  • Special Lecture by Father Patrick Desbois, Skokie Location.  Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center to hear French-Catholic priest Father Patrick Desbois speak about his truly historic work to preserve the memory of entire communities that had disappeared during the Holocaust. Father Desbois has worked closely with the AJC Protecting Memory initiative, where AJC, along with several partner organizations, have dedicated grave sites in Ukraine that were discovered by Father Desbois. For more information please click here and to reserve your spot please click here.

  • November 3rd, 2016 at 6pm
  • Nerenberg ACCESS Annual Event featuring Herb Keinon. Join us for our annual ACCESS Happy Hour featuring Herb Keinon, veteran diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. The evening will include drinks and apps at a convenient downtown location. Tickets HERE. For more information contact Ali Terkel at

  • November 3rd, 2016 at 12pm
  • November First Thursday with Herb Keinon. Join us for a the November First Thursday program featuring Herb Keinon, veteran diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. The program will focus on "Israel and the Sunni Arab Middle East" and will take place at a convenient downtown location. For more information or to register please contact Amy Stoken at

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