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Media Relations

The Indianapolis JCRC is the media’s key link to the Greater Indianapolis Jewish community, serving as the primary resource for print, broadcast and online outlets on topics relating to Judaism, antisemitism, Israel, and the local community.

Providing a Jewish perspective on events and opinions expressed in the media, JCRC:

  • Acts as the community’s clearinghouse for media on Israel and major stories that impact the Jewish community
  • Helps guide press to the right person or organization in the Jewish community to address their need
  • Produces news releases and coordinates media coverage on important community stories, events, and issues
  • Drafts and places opinion pieces in Indianapolis area newspapers
  • Monitors news outlets in order to ensure fair and accurate coverage and supportive editorial positions
  • Meets routinely with top news editors, columnists, reporters and editorial boards to discuss Jewish priorities and Middle East coverage, and to stimulate stories on events and programs
  • Coordinates briefings for media professionals with visiting Israeli dignitaries, journalists and scholars, providing access to Israel’s reality and perspective

For any media-related questions, contact Communications Coordinator, Aaron Welcher, awelcher@indyjcrc.org or at 317-376-0468.

 


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INDIANA JEWISH COMMUNITY ADOPTS PRINCIPLES ON RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY LAUNCHING BROAD RACIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE ACROSS THE STATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Friday, June 26, 2020 Media Contact: Aaron Welcher, Communications Coordinator, Indianapolis JCRC awelcher@indyjcrc.org, 317.376.0468 INDIANA JEWISH COMMUNITY ADOPTS PRINCIPLES ON RACIAL [...]

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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We are proud to be a supporting sponsor along with our partners at Women4Change on the first-ever all Rohingya woman lead panel to discuss and share their observations on the gendered experiences of Rohingya women through genocide, mass atrocities, and lives as refugees. Click below to learn more and RSVP.

cc: Rohingya Human Rights Network Canada

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We suggest taking a moment and reading this thread from Twitter to see the diversity within the Jewish community!

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

‪‬This is an example of what allyship can look like: Sharing a range of thoughtful resources for people to expand their understanding.

From 1Hood Media
You can view the thread here https://twitter.com/1hood/status/1281246085491687424?s=21

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We are pleased to see the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act move out of an appropriations subcommittee this week, setting the stage for a vote by the full Appropriations Committee and House in the coming days and weeks. This bipartisan fund will help facilitate joint economic ventures and promote people-to-people exchanges between Israelis and Palestinians. The bill is supported by national Jewish community organizations including Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Jewish Federations of North America.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

For 244 years, the United States of America has been a beacon of freedom, hope, and opportunity for many. Our country's history, however, also includes dark chapters and painful moments. As we celebrate America’s birthday this weekend, we will both reflect on our history and also recommit ourselves to fighting hate and bigotry, together. Shabbat Shalom and Happy Independence Day.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Yesterday, the JCRC was invited to take part in WISH-TV’s “We Stand Together" campagin. Katiera Winfrey sat down with our Exeutive Director, Lindsey Mintz, to discuss ways the Jewish community continues efforts to support the Black community and promote racial equity.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

This is a great opportunity from our friends at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation to connect with people of different faiths and backgrounds!

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The JCRC is shocked and appalled by the horrific violence reported against Althea Bernstein last week in Madison, Wisconsin. We are concerned and paying close attention to the extremist rhetoric and violence that appears to be increasing across the country in the wake of progress towards racial justice and equity.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Today, June 28, is the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which was lead by transgender and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) which sparked the movement for modern day LGBTQ+ equality. This Pride month as we reflect on these truths we are called to recommit to justice for all people.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Get ready to wish the city we all love a Happy 200th Birthday (Indy Turns 200) tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at the Bicentennial Kick Off on WISH-TV. #PeopleMakeTheCity

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Jewish organizations across the State of Indiana signed onto our Principles on Racial Justice & Equity. In doing so, Jewish communities throughout Indiana are unequivocally recommitting to engaging in the hard work of pursuing racial justice. Full text and list of signatories at www.indyjcrc.org/racial-justice-equity/

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

If you need help with rental assistance due to COVID-19 you can now seek funding from the state thanks to the advocacy efforts from our partners in the Housing Coalition. We join them in applauding Governor Eric Holcomb on the creation of an Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program and extension of Eviction Pause through July.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana released their community's statement on the murder of George Floyd and the racial injustice that plagues America.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

On Monday our Assistant Director, David Sklar, moderated a panel on Anti-racism & How to be an ally for a special Cocktail Judaism presented by Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. This came days after the Indianapolis JCRC announced our new guiding principles on Racial Justice & Equity that will guide the Jewish community on how we will work to address systemic racism. (https://indyjcrc.org/racial-justice-equity/)

The panel featured:
Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis;
Vop Osili, President, Indianapolis City-County Council;
Velvet G Miller, educator and community organizer

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Last week, The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley released how the Michiana Jewish Community has responded to the murder of George Floyd and systemic racism.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

An Indianapolis commission on the Social Status of Black Men is an important step the city can take to address systemic racism especially as it harms Black men. JCRC agrees with the effort and will be reaching out to the City-County Council and Mayor Joe Hogsett’s office to offer our support.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

As Shabbat ends, we reflect on #WorldRefugeeDay a day internationally recognized to raise awareness of the ongoing refugee crisis. We know from our own history that humane treatment of refugees & asylum seekers is life or death. Unfortunately, in 2020, every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. Please check out our partners at Exodus Refugee Immigration to learn more how you can help refugees & asylum seekers here in Indiana.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Please join us Monday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. for Cocktail Judaism: Anti-Racism—How to Be an Ally (Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/593946250). A necessary and urgent conversation hosted by Rabbis Dennis Sasso and Sandy Sasso - Author, featuring three distinguished panelists: Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis; Vop Osili, President, Indianapolis City-County Council; Velvet Miller, educator and community organizer. Moderator: David Sklar, Assistant Director of the JCRC and member of the Board of our congregation. This will be an informative and sensitizing exchange on anti-racism that will inspire continued social action on behalf of racial justice and equality. You won’t want to miss this timely dialogue! Contact jgoldstein@bez613.orgfor questions.

Recommended resources:

Articles:
http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/opinion/article_e81528e6-a66a-11ea-a132-0fd405c6a4d6.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/ahmaud-arbery/611539/

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-as-a-jew-of-color-i-need-more-people-in-my-community-to-speak-up-1.8908940

https://indydio.org/from-bishop-jennifer-a-reflection-of-personal-experience-hope-and-challenge-for-the-church-on-dismantling-white-supremacy-and-racism/

http://www.racialjusticeallies.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/from-ally-to-accompliace.pdf

Books:
https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

Contact jgoldstein@bez613.org for questions or technology help!

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Due to unprecedented demand, today's Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat will be streaming on Be'chol Lashon's Facebook page!

If you try to enter the Zoom event and receive an error for any reason, please come to https://www.facebook.com/bechollashon to watch. For those who wish to watch the service later in the day, a recording will be available on Facebook and on our website by 5:00PM PDT.

We look forward to celebrating and honoring Juneteenth with you. Shabbat Shalom and Hag Herut Samaach (Joyful Juneteenth)!

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

On June 18, 2020, the Board of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), which includes its affiliated Jewish communal agencies, synagogues, and organizations, adopted the following Principles on Racial Justice and Equity.

These Principles are more than a statement of solidarity. They are our public commitment to act.

These Principles will enable us to launch a Racial Justice Initiative that will be a sustained effort to help guide the Jewish community on ways we can more constructively engage in the hard work of pursuing and securing racial equity and justice through listening, learning, engagement, allyship, and advocacy.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Today, Americans around the country will celebrate Juneteenth or Freedom Day, a holiday commemorating June 19, 1865 and the ending of slavery in the United States.

This year, the annual celebration of freedom comes as the country grapples with its long-standing history of systemic racism, as well as the fate of its Confederate monuments, flags and symbols amid nationwide protests against police brutality and racism after the death of George Floyd.

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

JCRC will help our community actively listen to the voices, of our black friends, neighbors, family and community members. We will share statements, articles, and resources directly from our partners in the Black community. Resilient listening is only the start. It is one small, but important way, we can be allies in the call for - and collective march toward - justice.

By: Congressman André Carson, 7th District of Indiana

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Race Relations in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
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Race Relations in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Tonight at 5:30pm!
Learn the history of Indianapolis' Indiana Ave--the former epicenter of the city's jazz scene and a hub for Black-owned businesses.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Important news out of the Supreme Court.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Facebook reported $18.5 billion dollars in profit in 2019. Despite record-setting profits, they continue to not do enough to address all the hate that is spread on its platform.
To Facebook’s largest advertisers: show Facebook that you will not put up with their putting profit over platform safety.
We are calling on you to join our July 2020 pause on ad spending on Facebook.
It’s time for Facebook to #StopHateforProfit. stophateforprofit.org

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

American Jewish World Service - AJWS, a national partner of the JCRC, President and CEO Robert Bank reminds “us of a lesson he learned in his childhood in apartheid South Africa: to be a Jew means to stand with the oppressed, not the oppressor. This message can guide us in the fight against racial injustice in the United States today”.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Federations of North America
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INDIANA JEWISH COMMUNITY ADOPTS PRINCIPLES ON RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY LAUNCHING BROAD RACIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE ACROSS THE STATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Friday, June 26, 2020 Media Contact: Aaron Welcher, Communications Coordinator, Indianapolis JCRC awelcher@indyjcrc.org, 317.376.0468 INDIANA JEWISH COMMUNITY ADOPTS PRINCIPLES ON RACIAL [...]

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