Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We are proud to join in partnership with Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network to launch the Multifaith Coalition for Civic Engagement. We believe a healthy pluralistic society values the role of faith(s) in the public sphere. Faith communities haven’t historically united around a nonpartisan multifaith effort to educate and activate our communities around civic engagement! If you are part of a faith community please take a moment to read through our engagement plan and join our coalition!

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Today, JFNA's Board Chair Mark Wilf and President & CEO Eric D. Fingerhut joined nearly 1,000 guests on the White House Lawn to witness the historic signing of the peace accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‏‏ will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump prior to the ceremony, followed by a four-way meeting between Trump, Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, who are signing the accords for their countries.

“We welcome the signing of the Abraham Accords. We hope and expect that this agreement will expand Israel’s ability to live in peace with its neighbors, a development Israel has long sought,” Wilf said.

“President Trump and his team have made regional peace a priority and deserve much credit for this historic accomplishment. We are pleased to be at the White House today to witness the signing of the Abraham Accords,” Fingerhut said.

Pictured (L-R): Mark Wilf, UAE Chief Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Eric Fingerhut

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

This morning our Program & Communications Coordinator, Aaron Welcher, spoke on a panel for IndyHub. He spotlighted the work the Indianapolis JCRC is doing and how the community relations field affects community development!

He was joined by some of our partners including Indianapolis Urban League/ The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League, Exodus Refugee Immigration, Women4change. We encourage everyone to check out the work they are doing along with the vital work the JCRC does.

Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis for supporting IndyHub’s work through JFGI NEXTGen.

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IndyHub
Every Tuesday and Thursday in September, we’ll connect for these conversations with local non-profit leaders about the work they’re doing, how you can help, and how - together - we’ll keep shaping our city for the future. This morning we are talking with representatives from The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League, Women4Change, Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, and Exodus Refugee
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Do your part, and get connected to Indy's civic orgs this month through Uncover the Good with Plat Collective. Tomorrow at 8:15AM here on Facebook, we'll sit down with The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League, Women4Change, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, and Exodus Refugee Immigration to talk about building our community. See you there! // #IndyVolved 15 presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Today we stop to remember September 11th and those we lost.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Please join the Indianapolis JCRC and our national partners at the AJC - American Jewish Committee and The National Urban League in supporting the passage of the "NO-HATE Act" as part of Black Jewish Unity Week.

According to FBI Hate Crime statistics, Black Americans are most targeted by racially motivated hate crimes, while Jews are the most targeted by religiously motivated hate crimes. We know hate crimes not only affect Jews and Black people but many other diverse communities. We are all safer when our vulnerable communities are protected.

Cc: Indianapolis Urban League & The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Our friends, Tony Mason (CEO, Indianapolis Urban League) and Miriam Acevedo (CEO, La Plaza) wrote an op-ed in IndyStar on how civic engagement in 2020 can lead to lasting change!

"Voting and filling out the census questionnaire are the first steps to effecting lasting change. They are actions we can take today to ensure our families get the representation, money and, ultimately, the power we deserve."

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The AJC - American Jewish Committee & The National Urban League have partnered together for a Black Jewish Unity week! The JCRC is amplifying that message both through our latest e-blast and local actions such as calling on Congress to pass the "NO-HATE" Act.

cc: Indianapolis Urban League & The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

August 28th serves as the anniversary of two critical events in American history- the murder of Emmett Till (1955) and the March on Washington (1963). The unjust murder of Emmett Till served as a turning point in demanding racial justice in America and inspired many civil rights leaders. Sixty-five years later many of the same racial injustices and inequities continue to plague society and harm, Black people, today. The March on Washington, viewed by many as the pinnacle moment of the civil rights movement, asked the same of America as today’s renewed call for racial justice: "For Black lives to matter to all people equally."

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The power of August in civil rights history
Some of the most important moments in civil rights history have happened in August.
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Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Thank you Senator Todd Young for being a champion against the Rohingya genocide. The Jewish community is called to act against all genocides because of our own history. We look forward to continuing to work with you and other Hoosiers addressing this crisis.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Three years ago, on August 25th, Rohingya people fled genocide in Burma causing the largest and fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world with over a million Rohingya fleeing. As Jews, we know the dangers of standing idly by during genocide.

Cc: American Jewish World Service - AJWS Center for Interfaith Cooperation Obat Helpers USA Muslim Alliance of Indiana

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

There are only 24 hours to urge Governor Holcomb that he can't end Indiana's Rental Assistance Program during the ongoing COVID-19 housing crisis and should create a waiting list until more funds are added. Will you join us and act?

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Todd Young of Indiana

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Navigating Judaism: Nurturing Identity for Jewish Families is a partnerhsip with Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and PJ Library in Greater Indianapolis that helps guardians of Jewish youth navigate being Jewish in K-12 schools. Our final part of the series will be Sunday, October 18 at 2pm! Prior attendance is not required, you can register here: https://indianapolisjcrc.salsalabs.org/navigatingjudaismpart3

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

Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment being ratified which granted some women the right to vote for the first time in America. However, the act did not include all women since many were still denied voting access based on age, nationality, residency, and race. Access to voting is an important way to address systemic issues and why we believe our society is healthier when more people have access.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Join us now for our Jewish Community Briefing: Combatting Antisemitism While Pursuing Racial Justice & Equity

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/94653750768

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We join our partners in the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalitions and their call for these much-needed measures. Faith voices are vital in the fight for housing justice.

"With Indiana’s eviction moratorium ending on August 14, the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition is calling on Governor Holcomb to include a ‘COVID-19 Housing Stability Dashboard’ on the state’s coronavirus response website to track eviction and rental assistance data."

cc: Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Jewish organizations from across the political spectrum are applauding this historic agreement. We thank Senator Todd Young for his words and commitment to working towards peace.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

WEBINAR ON THE END OF THE EVICTION MORATORIUM
TODAY AT 3:30pm

Governor Holcomb confirmed the eviction moratorium will expire tomorrow, Friday, August 14. The eviction moratorium was put in place to protect many vulnerable Hoosiers during the pandemic.

Leaders in housing justice will discuss and prepare Hoosiers and the community-based organizations that serve them for the coming end of Indiana's eviction and foreclosure moratorium.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is revealing their full criminal justice reform agenda. We look forward to working with them on the many needed changes.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indiana Black Legislative Caucus
Tune in LIVE to see State Rep. Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) and members of the IBLC reveal the full justice reform agenda for the upcoming 2021 session.
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We welcome this breaking news out of Israel and the Middle East. This agreement looks to be a strong step forward for the region and we look forward to sharing more details as they become available.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

We are live! Please join us now for this excellent discussion on the role of philanthropy at this moment in time.

Zoom information
Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/97094919889
Or join by phone: US: +1 929 205 6099
Webinar ID: 970 9491 9889

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Thank you State Rep. Gregory W. Porter for showing solidarity with the Indiana Jewish community after reports of antisemitic activity in Henryville, Indiana. Statements from elected leaders that condemn antisemitism and call for unity against hate are incredibly important.

“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the special relationship shared between the Jewish and Black communities,” Porter said. “Throughout history, our stories and leaders have intertwined and inspired one another. Our shared struggles against bigotry and hatred have strengthened each of our resolves for a better, more just America.”

Rep. Porter has been the JCRC's partner in the halls of the Indiana Statehouse and a strong ally of the Indiana Jewish community for decades. We join him in saying, “Hate against one of us is hate against all of us.”

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

JCRC is appalled but not surprised to learn that applications to join the nazi party were being distributed in Henryville, Indiana. Antisemitism forms the core of white supremacy and white nationalism. What’s most jarring is that such news is no longer shocking as the increased expressions of white nationalism continues to threaten our society. As we do with all instances of antisemitism, we will work with our partners at the ADL Midwest.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

The Indianapolis JCRC condemns the despicable act of vandalism against the Black Lives Matter mural along Indiana Ave. It was only one week ago we watched the collaborative creation of this powerful piece of public art as local Black artists shared their talent to lend vivid expression to today’s clarion call for justice and equity. We stand with the Black community and support the artists and organizations as they begin working to repair the mural.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

“While at least some of the increase since 1980 is due to better counting methods and broader definitions of “who is a Jew,” these results show an American Jewish community that remains strong in numbers and significantly geographically concentrated. But being concentrated geographically in this manner effectively disenfranchises the more than 40% of American Jews who live in New York and California, while giving significant influence to Jews in several states, particularly Florida and possibly the others noted above.”

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Genocide survivors face some of the world's worst evils. A survivor of the Rohingya genocide, Jaivet Ealom, credits reading "Man's Search for Meaning" written by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl for keeping his spirits alive so he could escape to freedom.

Cc: Obat Helpers USA, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Center for Interfaith Cooperation