News & Events 2018-09-06T14:31:54+00:00

JCRC Programs & Events


Israel Engagement Fellowship
Accepting Applications until Sept. 11 ~ Certificate + $250 Upon Completion ~ Great addition to College applications!

The JCRC is thrilled to launch this prestigious new program designed for Jewish 10th 11th 12th graders eager for thoughtful conversations and intensive learning around Israel and antisemitism. Over the course of 8 sessions, Fellows will explore Israel through the lenses of history, culture, religion, politics, and media. Click the Israel Engagement tab on the JCRC’s website to learn more, or contact JCRC Israel & Antisemitism Education Coordinator, Marla Topiol (mtopiol@indyjcrc.org).


Student to Student
Accepting Applications now ~ First training session Sept. 16!

This program reduces stereotypes by putting a “human face” to Judaism – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. The JCRC trains Jewish teens to give presentations (in groups of three to their high school peers) and discuss a range of topics, including Jewish holidays and life cycle events; Jewish dietary practices; the Hebrew language; Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Israel. JCRC is now accepting applications from Jewish teens for the 2018-2019 academic school year. For more information about Student to Student, please email JCRC Israel & Antisemitism Education Coordinator, Marla Topiol (mtopiol@indyjcrc.org).


Symposium on Antisemitism
Wednesday, October 10, 8:30am, Central Library

During this symposium, we will be learning together from three leading scholars on antisemitism, who will help us understand the long history of “the world’s oldest hatred,” as well as the contemporary manifestations we are experiencing today. During breakout sessions, we will dig deeper to consider 21st-century extremism from both the far right and far left, as well as resources we can use to confront hate in all its forms. Learn more here!



6th Annual Festival of Faiths
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1:00pm5:00pm, Veterans Memorial Plaza in Downtown Indianapolis
Community Youth Forum @ 11:00am inside the Indiana War Memorial

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 here to volunteer to help “staff” the Jewish Community’s tables!


Hummus & Happiness
Monday, November 5, 6:00pm, Interchurch Center

Put your best chickpeas forward and be a part of an event that will bring individuals of diverse regional and ethnic backgrounds together to explore the history and cultural importance of hummus. Then enjoy the screening of a film that explores the history of the beloved food. View the guidelines for the competition here, and view the application here. JCRC is delighted to be partnering with the CANDLES Holocaust Museum, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana on this Spirit & Place event.



Jewish and…
Thursday, November 8, 6:30pm, Central Library

In a TEDTalk-style-approach, “Jewish and…”, will feature short talks by several members of the Jewish community whose identities intersect with other communities, such as Jewish & Black, Jewish & Gay, Jewish & Disabled, Jewish & Latino, the possibilities are endless! This will be a powerful program to uplift the diverse voices in the Jewish community. JCRC is excited to be partnering with Indianapolis Public Library, Storytelling Arts of Indiana, and IndyFringe on this Spirit & Place event.



Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent & Analyst for the Jerusalem Post
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7:00pm

JCRC is thrilled to be hosting Gil Hoffman in Indianapolis in November. Well-connected to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, he has interviewed every major figure across the political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents, and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera, and other news outlets. Called “The most optimistic man in Israel” by Israel Television, Hoffman provides a behind the scenes look at the intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena. He was raised in Chicago, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University’s School of Journalism, and wrote for the Miami Herald and Arizona Republic before moving to Israel. A reserve soldier in the IDF Spokesman’s Unit, he has lectured in every major English-speaking country in the world, more than half the Canadian provinces, and recently made history in Hawaii by becoming the first speaker to have lectured about Israel in all 50 US states. He lives with his family in Jerusalem.