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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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A Jewish Ode to the Czech Republic

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Upcoming Events

  • April 6th, 2017 at 12:00PM
  • Join AJC Chicago as we welcome Dr. Aristotle Tziampiris, Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Piraeus in Greece. The presentation by Dr. Tziampiris will focus on Israeli-Greek cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean, followed by a question and answer session. Downtown location. The cost for the lunch program is $15. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Click here to register. For more information, contact Amy Miller at or 312-646-6126.

  • April 24th, 2017 at 11:45 AM
  • Please join us on Monday, April 24th for AJC Chicago's Marshall Society* luncheon, the Lawrence M. Adelman Annual Program on Anti-Semitism. The Lawrence M. Adelman Award is given annually to a deserving individual in the community who has worked to counter anti-Semitism. This year we are awarding Pastor Chris Harris of the Bright Star Church in Chicago, with keynote remarks from Sgt. Benjamin Anthony (Res.), founder of Our Soldiers Speak. 
    Doors open at 11:30am
    Program to begin promptly at 11:45am
    Convenient Downtown Location
    There is no cost to attend the lunch program but registration is required. For more information please contact Sarah van Loon at 312-646-6124 or*The Marshall Society recognizes AJC donors who make a generous contribution of $1,250 or more to the AJC Annual Campaign. The ACCESS Marshall Society recognizes AJC donors ages 21-40 who make a generous contribution of $625 or more to the AJC Annual Campaign. Please contact Sarah van Loon to join or learn more.

  • May 3rd, 2017 at 11:45 AM
  • Join AJC Chicago for our annual major gifts luncheon hosted by Frederick H. Waddell, CEO of Northern Trust, and chaired by John Bucksbaum, Lester Crown and Ronald Gidwitz. The event will feature Ambassador Dennis Ross of The Washington Institute. Minimum gift of $5,000 required. Convenient Loop location. For more information contact Anna Glazer Simon at 312-646-6113 or
  • May 4th, 2017 12 p.m.
  • Join AJC for our monthly lunch and learn program featuring political consultant Eric Adelstein. He will be speaking on "Evolution or Revolution?:  Campaigns and elections in the anti-establishment era." Registration link to follow. Contact Sarah van Loon at for more details. 

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