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.”
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.
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.
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.
The "cooking a dialogue," women's delegation, a group of women from our partnership that are Israeli; Arabic Christian, Arabic Muslim and Jewish women have inspired the women of Indianapolis to create the Muslim Jewish Women's Alliance, in collaboration with JCRC. Thank you for being the pebble in the pool, creating ripples that touch many!
The Indianapolis JCRC is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. Applications are now open to join the first cohort of the Muslim Jewish Women's Alliance. Visit our website to learn more and fill out the online application.
Please remember your local Jewish community this #GivingTuesday. The JCRC is dependent on our annual allocation from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis to continue doing our important work.
Investing in the JCRC empowers us to continue our work in pursuit of a just society and a secure Jewish future. With your support, we are able to mobilize the Jewish community on critical issues and build coalitions with other faith, civic, political, and minority communities who share our vision, values and concerns. Your investment helps us support the Jewish and democratic State of Israel and advocate for Jewish social justice issues at the state and local levels. Join us as we work to ensure Jewish tomorrows.