Events 2018-05-09T16:39:55+00:00

Israel Talks: Interview of Inbar & Farewell Party

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7:00 PM

The Jewish Federation’s Israeli Emissary (shlicha), and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) bring you 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 shlicha Inbar Nadir, as she concludes her term as our community’s Israeli Emissary.

Here’s your chance to ask Inbar all the things you’ve wondered, like:

  • What does she think about the current state of Israel-Diaspora relations?
  • What was she most surprised to learn about American Jewry?
  • What are her plans after she leaves Indy?

Come celebrate Inbar and thank her for a wonderful two years!

JCRC Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

7:00 PM

Host: Congregation Shaarey Tefilla (Directions)

Six Transformative Days: Reflecting on the Legacy of 1967 with keynote speaker Martin Raffel. Join the JCRC for our annual meeting at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla as we celebrate JCRC’s 75th Anniversary, welcome Steve Klapper as our new JCRC President, present Pierre Atlas with the coveted David M. Cook award, and reflect on 50 years since 1967.


About Keynote Speaker Martin Raffel:
For 27 years, Martin Raffel served as the senior vice president and director of the Task Force on Israel, World Jewry & International Human Rights at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). In that capacity, he served as the primary resource on a broad range of Israel-related and other international issues for a network of 16 national and 125 local Jewish public affairs/ community relations organizations throughout the United States (JCRCs). He communicated regularly with U.S. government representatives and senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem and the United States.

In 2010, Raffel was named Project Director of the Israel Action Network, a major initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the JCPA to combat the assault on Israel’s legitimacy, an initiative he took the lead in conceptualizing.

 About Pierre Atlas, Ph.D.:
Pierre Atlas is a Professor of Political Science and directs The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies (which includes the minor in Global Studies, the Lugar Fellow scholarship program, and the annual Global Studies Speaker Series). Dr. Atlas also writes a monthly opinion column for The Indianapolis Star and organizes and leads the biennial Lugar Fellow spring break trip to Washington, DC.

Jerusalem Reunified

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1:45 PM

Bureau of Jewish Education, Domont Auditorium

6711 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Be a part of the global celebration by coming together with Jewish communities around the world.

The U.S. and Israel are coordinating a “pinnacle event” that will take place concurrently in Washington, D.C., Jerusalem and in Israel Consulates and Jewish communities all over North America on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. EST.

The events will be live-streamed across the ocean and across the country, and will feature remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein from Jerusalem, as well as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer from Washington, D.C.

The simultaneous events taking place throughout the States, Indianapolis included, will be broadcast behind the podium in Washington, D.C. to show the breadth of support for the U.S.-Israel relationship and the recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel.

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

with Hanan Schlesinger and Antwan Saca

3 Opportunities to Hear Their Message of Peace & Hope:

1. Monday, April 3, 2017, 12:00 PM

University of Indianapolis

Schwitzer Student Center, UIndy Hall A,
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227
RSVP here

2. Monday, April 3, 2017, 7:00 PM

Second Presbyterian Church

7700 N Meridian St, Indianapolis
RSVP here

3. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 1:30 PM


Campus Center Theater
420 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202
ALL events are free and open to the public. ALL are welcome to attend.

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

Learn More:

For more information, please visit:


Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Congregation Beth El-Zedeck

Congregation Beth Shalom

The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council


Jamie & Jason Rich

JCC Indianapolis

Rachel Nolan Johnson

Second Presbyterian Church

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Talk to Tucker: Gadi Boukai Realtor/Broker

University of Indianapolis

For more information or to sponsor this program, please contact JCRC Program Director Lauren Morgan at

Share the event with your friends on Facebook & register here to tell us you’re coming!

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous sponsors. All are welcome!

Israel Talks: NASA and the Israeli Space Agency

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

7:00 PM

The Jewish Federation’s Israeli Emissary (shlicha), and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) bring you timely discussions related to Israel, presented by professionals in the field. In this session, shlicha Inbar Nadir will interview Jewish physicist Dr. Alex Burg, Ph.D. about NASA and the Israeli Space Agency (ISA).

Jewish Perspectives on Israel

a series of conversations with Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

What is Left of the Israeli Left?

Sunday • March 5, 2017 • 11:30 am with Dr. Yaron Ayalon

The US-Israel Relationship

Sunday • March 19, 2017 • 11:30 am with Dr. Pierre Atlas

Progressive and Pro-Israel

Sunday • April 23, 2017 • 9:30 am with Rabbi Brett Krichiver

All three events take place at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation 6501 Meridian St.

Indiana Jewish Community Lobby Day

at the Indiana General Assembly

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

7:45am – 2:00pm

Are You Curious About:

  • What policy issues are unfolding at the General Assembly?
  • What it’s like to directly engage in the legislative process?
  • Why the Jewish community advocates on a range of social justice issues?

We Will Discuss Issues Like:

  • The Bias Crimes Bill
  • Funding Quality Pre-school and Public Education
  • Delivering Social Services to Those in Need

To register for this lobby day, please click here.

Muslim Jewish Women’s Alliance

a joint project of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana


Project Overview

The Muslim Jewish Women’s Alliance seeks to build relationships between local Jewish and Muslim women based upon mutual trust and respect. The program will consist of a series of eight  90-minute sessions, the first of which will begin on Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 PM. Sessions will typically be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, although some sessions may fluctuate based upon the nature of the session and its location.

Project Objectives

  • Build meaningful relationships between local Jewish and Muslim women
  • Facilitate discussions and activities on a broad-range of topics pertinent to both communities
  • Plant seeds to combat Antisemitism and Islamophobia in the local community
  • Transform the broader community by serving as a model for mutual respect and coexistence

Project Chairs

  • Debbie Herold, Jewish community
  • Rafia Khader, Muslim community

To apply for this program, please click here.

BDS and the New Antisemitism:

What’s Happening in Academia and on American College Campuses



WHEN: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 7:00pm

WHERE: JCC Laikin Auditorium | 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 (Google Map)

WHO: Free & Open to the Public

WHAT: Dr. Asaf Romirowski is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London, UK and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israel conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as on Israel and Zionist history.

Romirowsky is co-author of “Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief” and a contributor to the “The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel”.