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 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.
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.
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.