Holocaust Remembrance:

There are several opportunities for you to observe Yom HaShoah this April.  Please see the flyer below for all the details; all events are free and open to the public.  This year will be our 20thyear working with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission to organize a State of Indiana remembrance program, and our 3rdyear conducting a Names Reading Ceremony.  Reading names of victims of the Holocaust is an incredibly powerful – and personal – way to engage with remembrance. All are welcome to sign up for a time slot. You may stay for the entire program, or only the portion your schedule allows. If you want to participate in State of Indiana Reading of Name Ceremony please sign up here.

Connecting Communities:

Last week the JCRC and Muslim Alliance planned joint gathering (a kosher-catered meal) in order to give leaders of our respective Boards the opportunity to meet each other.  In sharing a meal together, we created a space for thoughtful conversation, learning and laughing to fill the evening, as well as several ideas for ways we might continue the dialogue and conduct joint programming in the future.

Educational Opportunities: 

In close partnership, the JCRC and Jewish Federation recently published and distributed an important new brochure:Jewish Community Educational Resources for Schools.  We encourage you to download a copy and share with any schools or educators you may come in contact with. Marla Topiol, the JCRC’s Israel & Antisemitism Education Coordinator, was recently trained by the ADL to be a “Words to Action” facilitator. This workshop enables students to engage in powerful and productive conversations about antisemitism today.  Last week, Marla and Aaron (the JCRC’s Communications & Programming Coordinator) went to Bloomington to observe the workshop in action with Jewish Greek leaders.  And finally, the JCRC will be partnering with the USC’s Shoah Foundation, along with JFGI and the BJE, to provide a professional development opportunity on April 19. More information can be found here.



A Bit of What We’re Reading

The Taylor Force Act Offers Moral Clarity

Anti-Semitism Is Flourishing On The Left. Why Does No One Care?

German Muslim leader urges imams, rabbis to unite against school anti-Semitism


Image result for happy passover

Upcoming Events:

Save the Dates:

March 29, 30, 31: Dear Bobby: The Musical tells the story of two teen girls—one black, one Jewish—who anticipate the arrival of Bobby Kennedy to Indianapolis for very different reasons. This was a moment in history when everyone had to decide whether to stand separately or, in the words of Bobby Kennedy, “make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand.” The world premiere of Dear Bobby will run as part of ONYXFest, IndyFringe’s annual festival celebrating African American playwrights. Buy tickets here!

April 4: 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and Robert Kennedy’s Indianapolis speech. Sponsorship opportunities are available! 

April 5: “EVA” Movie Premiere at Butler’s Clowes Hall.

April 11:An Erve Yom Hashoah Ceremony will be held at  Albert & Sara Reuben Holocaust Memorial (6701 Hoover Rd) at 6pm. 

April 11: An Erev Yom Hashoah Observance will be held at Etz Chaim at 7pm.

April 12:State of Indiana Reading of Names Ceremony will take place at the State House Rotunda starting at 11:30am. 

April 13:The City of Carmel will host a Holocaust Memorial at the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts. This memorial will take place at 12pm.

April 15Come for a night of learning about the missed opportunities throughout the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

April 16:The University of Indianapolis will be hosting a Holocaust Memorial program at 7:30pm at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. 

April 17: The Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) program will be honoring fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorism. The event will take place at the JCC. Please wear white tops and dark bottoms. The event will start at 6:30pm.

April 22: Join Indianapolis Jewish families as they have a morning of fun celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday at the Yom HaAtzmaut Family Learning Event.

April 22: This year the JCC’s Earth Day is both an Earth Day celebration and Israel @70 event. There will be food trucks, live music, yoga, and plenty of cool activities.

May 22:The JCRC’s annual meeting will take place at the Hasten Hebrew Academy this year. The meeting starts at 7pm.