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About JCRC

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.

Government & Domestic Affairs

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.

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Israel & International Affairs

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.

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Community Engagement & Intergroup Affairs

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.

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Media & Statements

JCRC Statement on Passage of HEA1024 – Prayer in School

Today, Governor Eric Holcomb announced his intent to sign House Enrolled Act 1024, titled Prayer in School, into law. During the 2017 legislative session JCRC [...]

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Updated: Indiana Jewish Community Opposes Executive Order to Bar Immigrants & Refugees

Indiana Jewish Community Statement Opposing the Presidential Executive Order to Bar Immigrants and Refugees Updated Monday, February 13, 2017 We, the undersigned Jewish organizations throughout [...]

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Indianapolis JCRC Condemns Smear Campaigns Targeting Area Faculty and Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council has recently been made aware of harassing tweets targeting faculty members and students at IUPUI. [...]

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NOTE: Official JCRC statements that represent community consensus positions are clearly denoted with the JCRC's logo and signed by JCRC leadership.
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilWednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 2:49am
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.

https://www.adl.org/heat-map?s=eyJhcmVhIjp7InN0YXRlIjoiSU4iLCJ0eXBlIjoic3RhdGUifSwiaWRlb2xvZ2llcyI6W10sImluY2lkZW50cyI6W10sInllYXIiOlsyMDEyLDIwMThdfQ%253D%253D
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilTuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 2:06pm
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
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilSaturday, August 11th, 2018 at 6:33am
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilSaturday, August 11th, 2018 at 4:10am
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Kennedy King Memorial Initiative
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. 🔑 Greg Porter Chuck Williams Darryl Peal, NCAA Peace Learning Center University of Indianapolis KPDC - King Park Development Corporation Visit Indy Indianapolis Urban League Indy Chamber Indy Parks and Recreation Central Indiana Community Foundation Eastern Star Church IU Health Anne C. Laker Tyson Chastain David Dryer, Marion County Supreme Court Willis Bright, African American Coalition of Indianapolis Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council #kennedyking50 #indy #community
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilSaturday, August 11th, 2018 at 3:58am
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilSaturday, August 11th, 2018 at 3:43am
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations CouncilSaturday, August 11th, 2018 at 3:21am
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.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 11:36am
Update on antisemitic graffiti in Floyd Knobs, Indiana can be found here: https://t.co/PPT4wUIJPr
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 3:47am
The JCRC has been made aware of what appears to be an antisemitic incident in New Albany, Indiana at an assisted living home.

Full Facebook post:
https://t.co/M38zAd3mzr https://t.co/pVi1llfaEA
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
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 12:29am
What we are reading: Global Neo-Nazism Is Increasing. Why Is The State Department Anti-Semitism Envoy Position Still Vacant?

https://t.co/Tpe21CwPRI.
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.

https://t.co/oe23W2cIZz

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