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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.

2017 Impact

A year in review at what the Indy JCRC accomplished through friendships and hard work.

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.

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.

Israel Talks: Interview of Inbar & Farewell Party

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7:00 PM

Arthur M. Glick JCC, Laikin Auditorium

6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

The Jewish Federation’s Israeli Emissary and the Jewish Community Relations Council bring you Israel Talks, timely discussions related to Israel, presented by professionals in the field. In this session, the tables will be turned when JCRC Executive Director, Lindsey Mintz, will be interviewing Inbar Nadir, as she concludes her term as our community’s Israeli Emissary.

Media & Statements

Indy JCRC Formal Letter to Carmel Board of Zonning Appeals in Support of the Islamic Life Center

For Immediate Release 1/18/2018 Dear Members of the Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals: The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public affairs, community relations, [...]

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Indianapolis JCRC Statement in Response to Formal Recognition of Jerusalem

For Immediate Release December 7, 2017 The Jewish Community Relations Council is the Jewish community’s official consensus building, public affairs, and interfaith relations arm.  We appreciate [...]

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Indianapolis JCRC Statement re: Charlottesville and Condemnation of Nazism and White Supremacy

The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council condemns the vile hatred, bigotry and antisemitism displayed by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA, and the despicable [...]

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Indianapolis JCRC Core Values

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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 CouncilThursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 7:58am
New Israel In-Depth out today!
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilTuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 10:27am
It was great to have Consul General Aviv Ezra with the Jewish community today as the Indiana General Assembly recognized Israel's 70th Anniversary. More photos can be found on the JCRC blog.
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilTuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 9:55am
It was a great day at the Indiana Statehouse to get a resolution passed recognizing Israel's 70th Birthday with the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. There are some great shots of Debby Barton Grant and Roie Gonen Indianapolis Shaliach from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and more pictures on our website!
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilTuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 6:50am
Aviv Ezra, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, speaking to the Indiana Senate before the resolution recognizing Israel’s 70th Birthday
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilTuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 5:14am
Happy #PresidentsDay! Did you know that President Harry Truman was the first world leader to officially recognize Israel as a legitimate Jewish state on May 14, 1948, only eleven minutes after its creation. #70FactsIn70Days

Source: https://www.trumanlibrary.org/dbq/israel.php
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilSaturday, February 17th, 2018 at 3:23pm
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A heart felt “Shabbat shalom,” sent from Jerusalem to your home. The Indianapolis JCRC Civic delegation enjoys a shabbat dinner before returning to the US. Thank you, Lindsey Mintz, Michele Nassberg Boukai, Beth Baars Klapper, Steve Klapper, Megan and Greg Maurer.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 7:02am
It was a great day at the Indiana Statehouse to get a resolution passed recognizing Israel's 70th Birthday with the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. Check out the great pictures on our website! https://t.co/g5tZMtmaJy

Upcoming Event

Holocaust Remembrance Program

Thursday, February 1, 2018

1:30- 2:30 PM

IUPUI Campus Center Theater/ 420 University Blvd

Keynote by:

Julie Kohner, Voices of Generations- A unique and personal approach to the Holocaust

An autobiography- Hanna and Walter, A Love Story