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About JCRC

The mission of the Jewish Community Relations Council (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.

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.

Government & Domestic Affairs

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Media & Statements

Indianapolis JCRC Condemns Antisemitic Vandalism on Carmel, Indiana Synagogue

Monday, July 30, 2018 The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), which represents the organized Jewish community in central Indiana, is appalled by the disgusting [...]

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Indianapolis JCRC Statement Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination

Today, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, which is the Jewish community’s public policy, civil rights, interfaith, and intergroup relations arm, joins all Americans in [...]

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Press Release: JCRC Makes Statement Condemning Louis Farrakhan and Calling for Antisemitism to be Elevated to the Height of Our National Consciousness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 14, 2018   MEDIA CONTACTS: Aaron Welcher, JCRC Communications Coordinator awelcher@indyjcrc.org; 317.376.0468 www.indyjcrc.org, 317.926.2935   INDIANAPOLIS, IN: The Indianapolis Jewish Community [...]

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NOTE: Official JCRC statements that represent community consensus positions are clearly denoted with the JCRC's logo and signed by JCRC leadership.
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Keshet, the national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, released the following in response to the news that President Trump's administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
"Everyone who served, I consider my liberators because this war was won by them. If it wasn't won, I wouldn't be here," said Holocaust survivor Les Aigner. Aigner and his wife, Eva, who is also a survivor, visited our Museum yesterday with World War II veterans.
https://wjla.com/news/local/holocaust-survivors-visit-museum
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
A new "What We Are Reading" is out on our blog featuring the following articles:

Anti-Zionism Has No Place in the Progressive Movement

US designates Hezbollah a Transnational Crime Threat, Times of Israel

Pro-Israel Members Of Congress Push Bill To Aid Palestinian Investment

U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Stop Use of Human Shields
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
"Boycotting Israel means refusing to engage with it and shunning it from the realm of acceptable discourse. If educators actually want to encourage curiosity and intellectual growth in their students, boycotts won’t get them very far. A good place to start: studying abroad in Israel."
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
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6th Annual Festival of Faiths
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Veterans Memorial Plaza in Downtown

Each year, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation organizes the Indy Festival of Faiths, the Midwest’s largest one-day celebration of the religious diversity and vitality in Central Indiana. This year’s Festival theme is “Compassion though Action.” The Jewish community is planning to showcase different ways Judaism encourages “acts of loving-kindness” (gimilut chasadim).

Sign up to volunteer at the Jewish Community’s tables! This is a great opportunity to engage with the diverse faith communities in Indianapolis.

For questions please contact Marla Topiol at mtopiol@indyjcrc.org
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
‪Thank you WFYI for the wonderful coverage! Full interview will air later today and tomorrow morning.
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Jeremy Price gave a powerful opening statement for our Symposium on Antisemitism by sharing an experience he recently had with antisemitism.

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Our communications coordinator, Aaron, is spending the day with @JFGIndy and @JCCIndianapolis staff learning at the Facebook Boost conference!

Thank you @SenDonnelly for your continued bipartisan support of Israel. https://t.co/tXGAItiYhe

Our panel on “How Community Relations Fights Hate” brings together panelists from the Muslim, LGBTQ+, & Black communities. https://t.co/Eo5972Ku1I

Thank you @wfyi for the wonderful coverage! Full interview will air later today and tomorrow morning. https://t.co/F3so2oO7mP

“Between Jan 2017 and Jan 2018, 4.2 million antisemitic tweets were tracked” - Allison Rosenfeld, @ADLMidwest