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Indy JCRC

Government Affairs & Advocacy

For 30+ years, we’ve served as the bridge for the Jewish community to public policy leaders & elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels.

Antisemitism

The core of our work is to safeguard Jews by addressing anti-Jewish bigotry & antisemitism wherever and whenever it appears. We do this work by building relationships.

Media Relations

We are the media’s key link to the Jewish community, serving as a resource for print, broadcast, and online outlets on topics relating to Judaism, antisemitism, Israel, and more.

Events

We host  and partner on a wide variety of events throughout the year related to our mission that serves to educate, fight antisemitism, and drive people to take action.

Educational Services

We provide the broader community with an array of services for your home, classroom, organization, or business to combat antisemitism.

Israel

We engage with people of all backgrounds to educate & dispel misinformation about Israel. We support it as a democratic state for Jews and a negotiated two-state solution.

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.

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6705 N. Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, IN
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Education Hub

JCRC serves as a trusted resource and partner when it comes to helping you confront antisemitism and learn about the Jewish community. JCRC provides the broader community with an array of services and programs for your home, classroom, organization, or business.

Our Work

About Our Work

JCRC mobilizes the Jewish community on critical issues and amplifies its voice in the public sphere. We foster meaningful relationships among diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and interest groups, building coalitions based on mutual concerns. JCRC is a trusted resource for our community and political and faith-based partners, providing nuanced consultations on sensitive community and government relations matters.

We work tirelessly behind the scenes and on the frontlines to ensure that the organized Jewish community’s interests are addressed. Our positions are formed based on consensus and civility, creating a broad tent for our community’s diversity.

Government Affairs

The JCRC’s 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. 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.

Community Engagement & Intergroup Affairs

Coalition building is one of our strengths and maybe the JCRC’s most important task. Our work is grounded in cultivating relationships and seeking partnerships with faith & ethnic communities, human rights & social justice advocates, and civic, education & law enforcement leaders. JCRC is proud to work with community & intergroup partners on issues of shared concern, united by our common pursuit of a just society, and our commitment to standing together in the face of those issues that could divide us, including bigotry, antisemitism, systemic racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and political & religious extremism. The JCRC’s Community Engagement Committee helps members of the Jewish community become stronger allies to members of marginalized or minority groups and movements. Importantly, Community Engagement Committee members not only amplify the Jewish community’s concerns but also convey the concerns of other groups back into the Jewish community.

Israel & International Affaris

JCRC engages with people from diverse backgrounds to build support for a strong U.S. – Israel relationship based on shared values. We support Israel as the Jewish and democratic homeland of the Jewish people. JCRC advocates for a negotiated two-state solution allowing Israelis and Palestinians to live as neighbors in peace, security, and dignity. We educate the community about the complexity of the conflict and model respectful discourse through our speakers and discussions.

Combating Antisemitism

JCRC proactively combats antisemitism through our “Stand Up! Speak Out!” initiative, which involves several programs designed to reduce bigotry against, and ignorance of, Jews and the Jewish community.  We serve as a resource and partner to schools, employers, and Jewish families as they navigate anti-Jewish incidents.

Serving As an Educational Resource

We serve as a resource and a partner to schools, employers, elected officials, industries, other faith communities, Jewish educators & families on the Jewish community and confronting antisemitism. JCRC distributes a 7-year calendar of major Jewish holidays to help raise awareness and minimize conflicts.  We promote accurate education about Jews, Judaism, Jewish history, the Holocaust, and Israel in schools throughout Indiana by encouraging teachers to use common-core-aligned curricular materials they can trust in their classrooms. JCRC believes that education and constructive dialogue are the most effective ways to minimize hate and reduce division between communities.

News & Updates

23rd Annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program

On November 9, 2021, the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”), Hoosiers from across the state came together to remember and honor the survivors and victims of the Holocaust. For the past 23 years, the Indy JCRC has partnered with the Indiana...

News: Two Major Surveys Released on Antisemitism in America

Antisemitism fears prompted 4 in 10 American Jews to change their behavior last year: AJC surveySource: Philissa Cramer,  JTA, October 25, 2021The American Jewish Committee released its annual State of Antisemitism in America report, released on October 25, 2021. It...