About JCRC

Established by the Indiana Jewish community while the Holocaust was unfolding in Europe. The core of JCRC’s mission is to safeguard Jews here in the U.S., in Israel, and around the world, by combatting antisemitism through relationship-building and education. Since 1942, the JCRC has been the organized Jewish community’s public affairs arm, working to protect and promote an American society that is just, democratic, and pluralistic.

JCRC convenes the Jewish community’s “Common Table,” around which representatives from Jewish synagogues, agencies, and organizations come together to build consensus on issues important to the Jewish community. We then translate these positions into action through engagement and advocacy.

As the multi-faith and intergroup relations arm of the Jewish community, we look to build bridges wherever possible, acting in coalition with groups that fight discrimination and advocate for human & civil rights and work towards social & economic justice.

JCRC is the Indianapolis Jewish community’s official media relations arm, serving as the primary resource for print, broadcast, and online outlets on topics relating to the local Jewish community, Judaism, and Israel.

Indianapolis JCRC Core Values

Programs

Links from “Myanmar and the Rohingya Genocide” Panel

You can learn more about Wai Wai Nu's work on the Women's Peace Network website.Recent Articles on President Biden's Administration on the Rohingya GenocideBiden Orders Sanctions Against Myanmar After Military CoupBiden Administration to Probe Rohingya Genocide...

Genocide Awareness Month

It may seem strange that the month of April, so often associated with rebirth and renewal, has been designated by the U.S. as "Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month." April was selected because many contemporary genocides began during this month, including Armenia...

JCRC Talks: Jewish Community Public Opinion Survey

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12 pm In January, JCRC distributed a public opinion survey for the Greater Indianapolis Jewish community. Join us for this JCRC Talks to see the results of the survey and explore how this data will be used regarding policy issues pertinent to...

Indiana Politicians Who Made a Difference During the Holocaust: James Grover McDonald with guest Speaker Jill Weiss Simins

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 12:00 PM EST JCRC is excited to partner with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center for this new 3-part lunch series, which will uncover the role some Hoosier politicians played in saving and...

Moving Forward in 2021 on Racial Justice & Equity

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 7:00 PM EST After the renewed call for racial justice in the summer of 2020, the Indy JCRC passed its Principles on Racial Justice & Equity to help guide the Jewish community on achieving racial equity both through community development...

Take Action

Oppose Bills That Will Limit Civilian Oversight of Police Departments

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the Indiana State Senate Committee on Corrections & Criminal Law, will hear three bills that would negatively impact existing civilian oversight structures for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), by reducing...

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy Today by Advocating for Housing Justice

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy Today by Advocating for Housing JusticeMonday, January 18, 2021   Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a time when Americans reflect on Dr. King's legacy and the racism that still inflicts our society. He was a...

Urge Your Members of Congress to Support the “NO-HATE Act”

Urge Your Members of Congress to Support the "NO-HATE Act" We continue to see a rise in the number of hate crimes across the United States.  Please join the Indianapolis JCRC and our national partners at the American Jewish Committee and National Urban League in...

Statements

American Jewish Organizations Condemn Military Rule in Burma, Call for U.S. action

American Jewish Organizations Condemn Military Rule in Burma, Call for U.S. action FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2021 The Jewish Rohingya Justice Network (JRJN) condemns the military’s coup in Burma (Myanmar), its brutal crackdown on peaceful protests, and the...

JCRC Statement on Incivility in the Indiana General Assembly

The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council was saddened and disturbed to see the incivility and lack of respect exhibited by some members of the Indiana General Assembly towards their colleagues on Thursday, February 18, 2021.   Each member of the Indiana...

INDIANA JEWISH COMMUNITIES’ STATEMENT ON DEMOCRACY

INDIANA JEWISH COMMUNITIES’ STATEMENT ON DEMOCRACYFriday, January 8, 2021 Throughout the State of Indiana, Jewish communities stand united in our condemnation of the violence and destruction laid upon our nation’s Capitol.  The seditious riots were a direct attack on...

JCRC Official Letter to Consulate General Of The Midwest on Historic Abraham Accords

Consul General Aviv Ezra The Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest 500 West Madison St., Suite 3100 Chicago, IL 60661 September 22, 2020   Dear Consul General Ezra: On behalf of the Greater Indianapolis Jewish Community, we are writing to congratulate the...

JCRC Statement on the Loss of Civil Rights Icons 

JCRC Statement on the Loss of Civil Rights Icons  Sunday, July 19, 2020 Today, the Indianapolis Jewish community joins the rest of the country in mourning the loss of American civil rights icons Congressman John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian.  These two men dedicated...

Latest Blog Posts

Links from “Myanmar and the Rohingya Genocide” Panel

You can learn more about Wai Wai Nu's work on the Women's Peace Network website.Recent Articles on President Biden's Administration on the Rohingya GenocideBiden Orders Sanctions Against Myanmar After Military CoupBiden Administration to Probe Rohingya Genocide...

Giving Voice Podcast: Aaron Welcher & Adrianne Slash on Racial Justice & Equity

Aaron Welcher, JCRC Communications & Advocacy Associate, and Adrianne Slash, past President of The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League and a Black-Jewish Partnership member, joined Indiana Historical Bureau's podcast to discuss allyship. This episode covered...

Backgrounder on Vaccinations in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Purpose Recently the debate over the responsibility of delivering vaccinations to Palestinians has made headlines, leading to condemnations from human rights organizations and U.S. elected officials. JCRC has compiled an informational guide designed to help the...

Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021

On Friday, March 26, 2021, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021. This piece of Federal legislation reinforces the success of the Abraham Accords...

Results of the Israeli Election in March of 2021

Earlier this week, Israel conducted its 4th election in two years. Next week we will learn who will be tasked with trying to form the next government. We wanted to share a few resources to help bring those interested up to speed on where things currently stand. More...