About JCRC

The Indianapolis JCRC was established in 1942 as the public affairs and community relations arm of the organized Jewish community. We work to build consensus on public affairs issues, and translate these positions into community action with the broader community, public officials, other faith and ethnic communities. JCRC focuses on Israel advocacy, and acts in coalition with other groups advocating civil rights and social & economic justice.

The mission of the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) is to safeguard the rights of Jews here, in Israel, and around the world. We also protect, preserve, and promote a just American society, one that is democratic and pluralistic.

Government & Domestic Affairs

Our Government & Domestic Affairs committee serves as the bridge between the Jewish community and public policy leaders, particularly elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. Through our deliberative process, we build consensus on public policy issues and then develop an advocacy strategy on legislation before the Indiana General Assembly.

For over 30 years, the JCRC has been the consistent and respected voice in the halls of government that communicates the concerns of the Jewish community with integrity. JCRC is proud to serve as the liaison between our public policy leaders and members of Jewish communities throughout Indiana, as we create relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

Israel & International Affairs

Our Israel and International Affairs committee works to educate and mobilize the local community in support of the Jewish and democratic State of Israel, while advocating for a negotiated, two-state solution that will allow Israelis and Palestinians to live as neighbors in peace and security. Believing that education is the key to peace, we work to inform the community about Israel and counter assaults (wherever they occur) made on its legitimacy to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.

Community Engagement & Intergroup Affairs

Coalition building is one of our strengths – it also might be our most important task. Our work is grounded in building strong relationships with people of faith, human rights advocates, political and civic leaders, and friends and neighbors in our communities. We fight for civil rights and justice for all people. We work with community partners to combat the issues that divide us – Antisemitism, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and political and religious extremism.

Painful Hope: A Palestinian Activist and an Israeli Settler Rabbi Talk Peace

Featuring: Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Antwan Saca

Monday, April 3, 2017

7:00 PM

Second Presbyterian Church

7700 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

Roots/Shorashim/Judur is a local Palestinian Israeli initiative for understanding, nonviolence and transformation.

Media & Statements

Updated: Indiana Jewish Community Opposes Executive Order to Bar Immigrants & Refugees

Indiana Jewish Community Statement Opposing the Presidential Executive Order to Bar Immigrants and Refugees Updated Monday, February 13, 2017 We, the undersigned Jewish organizations throughout [...]

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Indianapolis JCRC Condemns Smear Campaigns Targeting Area Faculty and Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council has recently been made aware of harassing tweets targeting faculty members and students at IUPUI. [...]

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Media: Indy’s JCRC says hateful & anti-Semitic acts are on the rise

Lauren Morgan, the group's Program Director, said there's been a definite "uptick" in reports of anti-Semitic and other hate speech in Indiana. "We don't want [...]

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Good morning everyone! SB 439 will be on 2nd reading today which is the opportunity for the entire Senate to amend the bill. We're expecting one good amendment from our bill author Sen. Glick. Keep up those calls and emails. We expect that the bill may be up for final passage in the Senate as early as tomorrow!
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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 8:02am
#w4cIndianaSummit proud 2 b here w my daughters! Proud @JCRCIndy is a supporting organization! So packed here the w r in balcony! https://t.co/UHA9vCvlsP
Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 7:29am
Rabbi Dennis Sasso speaking to over 1,000 rally-goers: "let them in!" https://t.co/hE5Z2uguWJ
Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 6:59am
On the list of speakers: leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Christian communities. All. Standing. Together. https://t.co/Hc8l17Zz4U
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 12:23am
Please check out the IN hate crimes law twitter feed for news and updated info on efforts to pass an Indiana law. @INHateCrimesLaw

Upcoming Event

Save the Date:

IsraelTalks: Our Community and Israel – An Open Conversation with JCRC

WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

WHERE: JCC Indianapolis Laikin Auditorium

6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

WHO: Free & Open to the Public