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 the JCRC has:
David Sklar, Assistant Director, meets civil rights icon, Representative John Lewis.
- Lead the broad statewide coalition to pass Bias Crimes Statute, including drafting legislation & coordinating statewide coalition’s advocacy strategy
- Presented at numerous academic institutions, businesses, and civic organizations around the state regarding the importance of passing a bias crimes statute •
- Guest lectured at IUPUI and other locations on several domestic policy and multifaith topics
- Worked with coalition partners to defeat legislation designed to expand Indiana’s predatory lending industry
- Assisted in the passage of legislation expanding the mandate for Holocaust education in Indiana schools
- Monitored legislation regarding firearms in houses of worship to ensure Jewish community needs taken into account
- Communicated regularly with Indiana’s Congressional office-holders
- Made Capitol Hill visits offices of Young, Braun, Carson, and Brooks
- Representing the Jewish community on “CountMeIndy” for the 2020 Census.
Guiding Principles for Advocacy
Our Guiding Principles for Advocacy guide our advocacy efforts. These positions are the result of extensive deliberation among divergent views in our community, as we seek to represent the consensus of the organized Jewish community. JCRC embraces the diversity of thought, encourages the expression of differing opinions, and engages the general and Jewish communities in a manner that reflects our values, and advances our purposes. Specific positions on state and federal legislation will be determined after bills are filed and reviewed by the JCRC Government & Domestic Affairs Committee.
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.
JCRC’s “Take Action” page provides easy-to-use tools to help members of the community advocate on a range of pressing public policy issues.
- Calls to Action inform people about an issue and inspires collective action. Calls to Action can include letter/email writing campaigns, calling campaigns, petitions, and rallies. Acting on the Call is an important way to make a change!
- Petitions allow organizations and communities to work cooperatively to collect as many names as possible around an issue. With enough signatures, a petition elevates an issue to decision-makers.
- Targeted Actions encourage people to act quickly to connect directly with their elected official(s) on a specific issue.
- Click to Call connects constituents to specific legislators via telephone with a script and talking points.
Every outreach matters! Policymakers (and their staff) actually do count up the number of phone calls, emails, and letters they receive. Phone calls in particular influence legislators more than any other form of communication.
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