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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 Israel, Judaism, antisemitism, 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.


Media & Statements

JEWISH ROHINGYA JUSTICE NETWORK CONDEMNS FORCED RELOCATION OF ROHINGYA PEOPLE

Jewish Rohingya Justice Network Condemns Forced Relocation of Rohingya People  Friday, November 1, 2019 The Jewish Rohingya Justice Network (JRJN) is committed to ending the [...]

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Indianapolis JCRC Joins a National Network To End the Rohingya Genocide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, October 17, 2019 Indianapolis JCRC Joins a National Network To End the Rohingya Genocide   INDIANAPOLIS, IN: The Indianapolis Jewish Community [...]

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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The JCRC applauds ACLU of Indiana on this win for the immigrant & refugee populations in Indiana. Arabic, Burmese, Chin, and Mandarin are the largest growing language groups coming to Indiana. The JCRC long has supported policies that ensure fair and humane treatment of immigrants within our communities.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

There's been some recent confusion about pronouns, what they mean, and what it means to be Gender Fluid or Non-Binary.

Have questions? Addision Smith, Director of Education at Indy Pride, has answers. If you ever feel like you're speaking a different language when trying to discuss gender or sexuality, you're not alone. Join us on January 15 for an informal workshop about the changing landscape of modern gender theory. All are welcome. Event link in comments.

In partnership with Indy Pride, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, and Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We, yet again, are angered to see antisemitic graffiti used to attack the Jewish community. This time it was the historic Sixth & I synagogue, which only a couple weeks ago welcomed the JCRC and Indiana legislators for our D.C. mission.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

‪Congratulations to Rep. Todd Huston on being elected Speaker-Elect of the Indiana House of Representatives. The JCRC, and the Jewish community, look forward to continuing to work with the Speaker-Elect in his new role.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Today on December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat (again) leading to her arrest which sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. However, it is important that we remember Rosa Parks for who she was a lifelong fierce advocate for civil rights, women rights, and education reform.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Today is World AIDS Day. We remember those whose lives were lost, raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, and work to end the stigma around those living with HIV/AIDS.

We also reflect on the power of the HIV/AIDS activist, many of whom were Jewish, who persisted in the fight through advocacy, education, and memorializing those who passed.

For more information on World AIDS Day check out Keshet page with dedicated resources.

Damien Center is an amazing local Indianapolis organization helping to educate and serve those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We wish everyone who celebrates a happy, peaceful, and meaningful Thanksgiving!

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We wish everyone who celebrates a happy, peaceful, and meaningful Thanksgiving!
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The JCRC is partnering with JCC Indianapolis, JCCindy Arts & Indy Pride on January 15 for a workshop on pronouns facilitated by Addison Smith, Indy Pride Director of Education. This is part of a year-long initiative to educate our community on the transgender and nonbinary community.

Please RSVP.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

‪The Muslim and Jewish communities have a history of supporting each other when either of our communities are threatened. This is why the JCRC works with the Muslim community to fight modern day islamophobia & antisemitism together.‬

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Today, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, when communities around the world honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives have been taken in acts of anti-transgender violence. Between 2018 and 2019 at least 311 trans people were murdered although the number is most likely higher due to poor or misinformed reporting. Today serves as a way to memorialize those who have died and continue to raise awareness to the violence endured by trans people, which disproportionately targets trans women of color.

We hope that you will join us in honoring the memory of the trans people that were lost this year and continue to embrace with us the LGBTQ+ community including those in the transgender community.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Tonight the JCRC was pleased to host Rep. Mike Speedy during our board meeting. He spoke about his time in Israel and the importance of engaging with the Jewish community.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Miss Iraq, Sarah Eedan, is an important ally to the Jewish people working to make sure Jewish refugee stories from the Arab nations are remembered.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Thank you, Courtney Crown, for covering this important piece!

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The JCRC is honored to be presented with the Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed Interfaith Excellence Award from our friends at Muslim Alliance of Indiana. We look forward to continuing to build relationships between the Jewish and Muslim communities.

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Today at the State of Indiana’s Holocaust Remembrance program Ernie Lorch spoke to a room full of students about his experience during Kristallnacht.
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Today is the official State of Indiana’s Holocaust Remembrance program. We are joined by Mayor Joe Hogsett, other dignitaries, survivors, community partners, and students.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 15, is the 21st Annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program.

Our keynote speaker will be local Jewish community member and World War II veteran, Ernie Lorch. Mr. Lorch will share his story of surviving Kristallnacht, immigrating to the United States soon after, and then returning to Europe as a U.S. Army soldier.

Mayor Joe Hogsett along with a representative from the state of Indiana will be addressing the importance of remembering the Holocaust.

We will also welcome community partners, allies, and representatives of other communities who have faced historic and organized discrimination to light candles in memory of the victims.

This year’s candle lighters are:

Ernie Lorch, Kristallnacht Survivor & WWII Veteran, representing all the Jews who were affected by the Holocaust and the hope of survival

Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana, for their work in fighting for civil rights
Tabitha Barbour, Indy Pride, for the LGBTQ+ community that perished under the Nazi regime

Judge David Shaheed, Center for Interfaith Cooperation & the Muslim community, for the importance of interfaith work and for Muslim communities facing anti-Muslim bigotry around the globe

Lindsay Haake, Jewish Community ally, for her work in supporting the Jewish community and to remember the sacrifice of the righteous among the nations

John Clark, Obat Helpers USA, for their work in addressing modern-day genocide on the ground

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Thank you, Pope Francis, for speaking out against the rise of global antisemitism.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The JCRC is monitoring the situation in Israel and Gaza closely. We hope for a quick deescalation so there are no more injuries or deaths.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

An important piece and reminder from the CEO of Jewish Council for Public Affairs on things to not do when trying to combat antisemitism.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Congratulations to all of the dancers, writers, and artists involved in yesterday's Spirit & Place event! We are honored to have partnered with Indiana Writers Center, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Art Center, and Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council on an incredible and thought-provoking performance! More pictures to come.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

On 9 and 10 November 1938, Nazis throughout Germany, Austria, and Sudetenland (in the current Czech Republic) took action against Jews. They humiliated Jews in parades, abused them and put them in concentration camps. They also destroyed Jewish property. Such violent attacks on Jews are called 'pogroms'.⁠

Because of the many broken windows, this particular pogrom is called the Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Synagogues were set on fire and the fire department was not allowed to put the fires out. The Jews had to pay for the damage themselves and were fined a total of 1 billion Reichsmark by the government.⁠

The Kristallnacht showed how the Nazi hatred of the Jews had turned into aggression and persecution - and how hardly anyone stood up for the Jews.⁠

Photo: Archiv für Kunst und Geschichte, Berlin

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Next Friday, the State of Indiana's Holocaust Remembrance program will be taking place. We are looking for more people to read names of victims during the names reading ceremony. All our welcome to participate! Learn more here: https://indyjcrc.org/holocaustremembrance2019/
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Sunday, November 10 | 2pm | FREE | 6701 Hoover Road

We are proud to partner with some amazing organizations for our program for Spirit & Place this year. Join us for an exploration of the evolution of our community’s ideas, values, and revolutionary thoughts. Indiana Writers Center presents an anthology of historic and contemporary poetry, interpreted into original choreography by Dance Kaleidoscope Dancers. Participate in the experience by creating your own “blackout” or “book” poem with a guided post-performance art-making activity lead by Indianapolis Art Center teaching artists. In partnership with Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.

This event is FREE but your RSVP is encouraged via the below.

We hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-world-we-lived-in-part-of-the-spirit-place-festival-tickets-72158202125

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Next Friday, the State of Indiana's Holocaust Remembrance program will be taking place. We are looking for more people to read names of victims during the names reading ceremony.

Learn more here: https://indyjcrc.org/holocaustremembrance2019/

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

This week the JCRC has several incredible programs. You can check them out on our website.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Tomorrow morning the JCRC is hosting a breakfast with three experts from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to explore how the museum can be a resource in fighting modern-day hate and genocide. Register here: http://bit.ly/2PtrFee

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

One of the major problems with the “pinkwashing” claim is it erases the work of LGBTQ+ organizations on the ground working to advance their rights in Israel.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

This week Butler Hillel will be highlighting articles exploring the nuances of Israel and LGBTQ+ community. We will also be uplifting Israel’s LGBTQ+ community, their struggle for equality, and how the “pinkwashing” claim erases these voices. Today’s article explores the myths of the “pinkwashing” its fundamental problems.

https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.tikkun.org/an-inconvenient-truth-the-myths-of-pinkwashing__;!iKWMt7DKtmE!5VsiDuTRhmmroqP4DM_vilAMMUjI6qIjOsr1LsKeuI2jUgxGZg3mgqRXUQhxj6xu$

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

From the Hillel students at Butler University in response to their Student Government endorsing a program antithetical to fostering a “Community of Care”.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The #JewishRohingyaJusticeNetwork refuses to remain silent as the Bangladeshi government plans to forcibly relocate the #Rohingya people to the flood & cyclone-prone island of Bhasan Char on November 4. As Jews, we know the horrors & indignities of ongoing genocide.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

It is likely that in the coming days 3,000 Rohingya people are going to be moved out of camps in Bangladesh to an uninhabitable island called Bhasan Char. We demand that the Bangladeshi government STOP the forced relocation of Rohingya refugees to the dangerous island of Bhasan Char!

The U.S. Congress can be an important voice in stopping this. Please take a moment and call your Member of Congress and ask them to put out a public statement or tweet calling on the Bangladeshi government to stop this move. #JewishRohingyaJusticeNetwork

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The Indianapolis JCRC is proud to announce that we have joined the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network. To learn more you can visit indyjcrc.org/jewish-rohingy-justice-network
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Marla & Aaron are getting ready for some important implicit bias training from @peacelearning!
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Today, we mark 18 years since the terrorist attack on 9/11. The number 18 carries a special meaning in Jewish tradition because the number spells the Hebrew word “chai” meaning “life”. Today, we remember & honor the lives of those lost on that day, and in the months & even years that followed, including the first responders & survivors, many of whom continue to battle often fatal illnesses that resulted from the effects of their heroic bravery at ground zero. May the lives and memories of those lost be a blessing.
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Our staff loved speaking to the Lunch Bunch today about the work we do!
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We reaffirm our commitment to working alongside our friends in the Black community to rectify the racism that exists in our criminal justice system and plagues our society as a whole.
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We had a great (and busy) week with the “pop-up” Israeli Consulate in Indianapolis. Tonight, we concluded the week with a screening of the film “The Museum”. It was an honor to have Mayor Joe Hogsett attend and talk about the future direction of the partnerships between the city of Indianapolis and Israel!
Indy JCRC
We are excited to be selected to be in this year's @spirit_and_place festival again! We are partnered with some amazing organization around Indianapolis to highlight and celebrate gender diverse communities. We are currently looking for more participants from the transgender and gender non-binary community to join us in several different art components of our program. If interested please reach out!
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Thank you, Senator Young, for another excellent meeting with Jewish community leadership and sharing your Fair Shot Agenda with us.
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We had a great meeting with @indyhabitat! Thanks for the book!!
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Tomorrow (12/7) at 5pm Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation will be lighting the community Hanukiah at the @jccindianapolis. The JCRC has invited @obathelpersusa to participate in the candle lighting and dedication to the Rohingya people. Obat Helpers will be highlighting their work and share information about the genocide and ethnic cleansing happening in Burma. We invite the whole community to join IHC in this special candle lighting and learn how they can help end the genocide #NeverAgain.
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Lots of laughs today on @93wibc with our @spirit_and_place partners!
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Our building’s community rocks! Where else can you have lunch and jam out with @indycic staff 🎶 🎵
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Have you seen our @indystar ad? We are pleased to join #FeedingIndianasHungry, @feedingamerica and many other #Indiana orgs in calling for proper funding of nutrition programs like #SNAP and #TEFAP in the #FarmBill. Call Congress today at 888-398-8702! #Hoosiers depend on #nutrition programs to put food on the table!
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JCRC Staff at the opening night of the Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival! #indyisraelfilms #IIFF18
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The JCRC helped Patty Spitler and Eva Kor connect for an interview. These pictures are after their interview together. Catch the interview in two parts on March 18 and 25 at 10:30am #GreatDayTV #NeverAgain #HolocaustRemembrance
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Come join in the sharing of personal stories of resettlement
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We are proud to support all #religions in their right to have a place of worship and bring their community together. We hope our #Muslim brothers and sisters can build the Islamic Life Center in #Carmel.
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Great #rally today for SB 418 and SB 271, both proposed bills to get a Hate Crime Law in #Indiana. Now it’s time to contact your state legislators. Use the link in our bio to find yours. #LoveWins #SayNoToHate
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Today our Communications Coordinator, Aaron Welcher, gave his remarks on how the Modeh Ani relates to Dr. Kings dream. The strongest point calling on the reawakening of social activism. Thank you to @indycic for helping put on this event. #MLKDay
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Are you a #queer #jew or #ally living in #indianapolis ? Join our newest group looking to create a #community for #LGBT Jews. DM or comment with your interest and we will add you to the group page.
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Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates!
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Hate shouldn’t be normalized. #strongertogether #community #hoosiers #stophate #lovewins
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What are you wearing this season? #happyhannukah #fashion #sweaterweather
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This year we picked up a lot of momentum for our legislative priority of passing a hate crime bill that will protect all Hoosiers

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Holocaust Remembrance 2019

21st Annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program Friday, November 15, 2019, 12pm at the Indiana State House For over two decades, the JCRC has [...]

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JEWISH ROHINGYA JUSTICE NETWORK CONDEMNS FORCED RELOCATION OF ROHINGYA PEOPLE

Jewish Rohingya Justice Network Condemns Forced Relocation of Rohingya People  Friday, November 1, 2019 The Jewish Rohingya Justice Network (JRJN) is committed to ending the [...]

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