Government & Domestic 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. Through our deliberative process, we build consensus on public policy issues and then develop an advocacy strategy on legislation before the Indiana General Assembly. JCRC is proud to serve as the liaison between our public policy leaders and members of Jewish communities throughout the State of Indiana, as we create relationships with elected officials on both sides of the aisle.
In recent years JCRC has taken a leading role in many of our state’s most high profile policy debates.
- We were a principle organizer of the Cover Indiana campaign which helped urge Indiana to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.
- We were active participants in efforts to defeat a stringent marriage amendment to the Indiana constitution and worked against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in order to prevent discrimination against minority religious groups and the LGBTQ community.
- We worked with coalition partners to pass the state’s first comprehensive anti-bullying legislation and the first state funded pre-k pilot program.
- On the federal level we have worked with our members of Congress advocating on a range of domestic issues including comprehensive immigration reform and child nutrition and hunger, as well as international issues including military aid to Israel, Iron Dome funding and keeping them up to date on our community’s concerns with the Iran Deal.
2018 – 2019 Legislative Goals
- Passage of an Indiana bias crimes statute