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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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Press Release: 8 Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) Release Joint Statement on Congressional Funding Vote re: Iron Dome Missile Defense System
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 1:00pm, Friday, September 24, 2021 INDIANAPOLIS, IN: The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council released a joint statement today alongside seven other JCRCs (Chicago, Detroit, Louisville, Minnesota, New York, Phoenix, St Louis)...
Joint Statement from Jewish Community Relations Councils on Congressional Funding of the Iron Dome Missile Defense System
As Jewish Community Relations Councils deeply committed to a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we thank the 420 Members of Congress who voted to fully fund the replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. This overwhelming...
Joint Letter to Senator Young on the Nomination of Dilawar Syed as Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Monday, September 20, 2021 The Office of Senator Todd Young Dirksen Senate Office Building #185 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Young, We, the undersigned Hoosier leaders and organizations, are writing to ask you to allow for a vote on the nomination of Dilawar...
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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.
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News & Updates
Antisemitism: A Bipartisan Problem that Demands a Nonpartisan Solution Part 2: How Conservatives Can Counter Antisemitism on the Right
Thursday, November 8, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern JCRC has joined with the ADL Midwest and several other JCRCs on this two-part series. Part One, which took place on Oct. 12, was titled “How Progressives Can Counter Antisemitism on the Left.” Part Two will feature William...
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...
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...