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.
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.
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 ADL - Anti-Defamation League released recently their H.E.A.T map. You can see trends of antisemitic & extremist acts in Indiana from 2012 to 2018 (earliest report on the map). The link below will take you directly to Indiana's data.
A first-of-a-kind interactive map detailing extremist and anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S., the ADL H.E.A.T. Map is a visual reflection of select proprietary datasets developed by ADL experts in its Center on Extremism.
The JCRC condemns the antisemitic and homophobic vandalism perpetrated against the Azalea Hills retirement community in Floyd Knobs, Indiana.
Although it may be somewhat relieving that the Sheriff has indicated that the vandals are likely teens, we take every act of hate seriously no matter who the perpetrator(s) may be.
Unfortunately, expressions of hate toward the Jewish community are not new. JCRC tracks events like this and they are, without a doubt, on the rise. In fact, less than two weeks ago, eyes from around the world were focused on a synagogue in Carmel Indiana when it was targeted with large Nazi flags and iron crosses.
As the Indiana Jewish community’s organization tasked with fighting antisemitism and advocating on behalf of all Jewish Hoosiers, the JCRC has several programs designed to help combat antisemitism and bigotry in all its forms. We affirm that embracing pluralism and diversity are central American values. We encourage people to visit our website to learn more about our programs and the ways you can help fight hate in your own backyard. www.indyjcrc.org
Tickets are still available to see David Yarus, founder of JSwipe, on August 23 at 7 pm at the Indianapolis Central Library. Don't miss this opportunity to hear his entrepreneurial story about how he grew his app to 1 million active users and his insights on engaging the NEXT generation! Get your tickets through the event link below ASAP!
In addition to the evening event at the Central Library, JFGI NEXTGen, JPRO Indiana, and JCC Indianapolis' Marketing Department are excited to be hosting a separate Social Media workshop with David Yarus the afternoon of August 23 for our community's synagogues, organizations, and partners. Over 60 confirmed professionals from the tagged organizations will come together at a unique program and learn about best practices and strategy to engage the Indianapolis community through online and electronic mediums. Thank you to everyone who has RSVP'd to the workshop!
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, Hooverwood, Jewish Family Services Indianapolis, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Chabad Center for Jewish Life - Lubavitch of Indiana, Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, Congregation Beth Shalom Indy, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Hillel at Butler University, KIO BBYO, Hasten Hebrew Academy, Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation of Indianapolis, Indiana Jewish Discovery Center, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, IndyHub, JCCindy Arts, J Cafe
Thank you to all of our partners who joined us yesterday to build on our mission and determine the legacy of Kennedy King Memorial Initiative.
With your commitment and determination, we can make Indianapolis an equitable community.
Darryl Peal, NCAA
Peace Learning Center
University of Indianapolis
KPDC - King Park Development Corporation
Indianapolis Urban League
Indy Parks and Recreation
Central Indiana Community Foundation
Eastern Star Church
Anne C. Laker
David Dryer, Marion County Supreme Court
Willis Bright, African American Coalition of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
We are monitoring what is happening in Israel and Gaza. So far in the past couple days over 200 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel, with several reaching as far as Beer Sheva. While a cease-fire appears to be holding, for now, we are concerned and thinking about the life-threatening impact this violence means for people who are living in close proximity. Follow this post as we will be adding articles in the comments section.
Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 1:00am We are monitoring what is happening in Israel and Gaza. So far in the past couple days over 200 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel, with several reaching as far as Beer Sheva. While a cease-fire appears to be holding, for now, we are concerned and thinking about the
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 12:55am Check out the JCRC's newest page on combatting antisemitism. This is where you can learn more about the ways we are fighting one of the worlds oldest forms of hate.