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 has taken a leading role in many of our state’s most high profile policy debates.
- We were a principle organizer of the Cover Indiana campaign which helped urge Indiana to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.
- We were active participants in efforts to defeat a stringent marriage amendment to the Indiana constitution and worked against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in order to prevent discrimination against minority religious groups and the LGBTQ community.
- We worked with coalition partners to pass the state’s first comprehensive anti-bullying legislation and the first state funded pre-k pilot program.
- On the federal level we have worked with our members of Congress advocating on a range of domestic issues including comprehensive immigration reform and child nutrition and hunger, as well as international issues including military aid to Israel, Iron Dome funding and keeping them up to date on our community’s concerns with the Iran Deal.
2018 – 2019 Legislative Goals
- Passage of an Indiana bias crimes statute
Israel & International Affairs
Lauren Morgan introduces Amir Dajani, Deputy Managing Director of Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city, on the JCPA Leadership Mission in 2016.
JCRC engages with people from diverse backgrounds to build support for a strong U.S. – Israel relationship based on shared values. We support Israel as the Jewish and democratic homeland of the Jewish people. JCRC advocates for a negotiated two-state solution allowing Israelis and Palestinians to live as neighbors in peace, security, and dignity. We educate the community about the complexity of the conflict, and model respectful discourse through our speakers and discussions. JCRC leads our community, and works with allies, to actively counter campaigns to delegitimize Israel. As part of our “Stand Up! Speak Out!” initiative, JCRC offers a prestigious Israel Engagement Fellowship for Jewish teens eager to engage thoughtfully on Israel by delving into the region’s history and contemporary challenges. The JCRC’s Israel Committee researches and compiles a range of articles for our monthly “Israel in Depth” newsletter, and crafts statements or Letters to the Editor as necessary.
- We supported the passage of anti-BDS legislation in the Indiana Statehouse.
- We encourage greater economic ties between Israel and Indiana, believing that investment rather than divestment is the right approach for our stat
A contingency of students from the University of Indianapolis, IUPUI, and IU are joined by JCRC staff and lay leaders to voice their opposition to the BDS resolution presented to the University of Indianapolis’ Student Senate in 2016.
Community Engagement & Intergroup Affairs
Event commemorating Nostra Aetate marking 50 years of Jewish-Catholic relations
Coalition building is one of our strengths, and may be the JCRC’s most important task. Our work is grounded in cultivating relationships and seeking partnerships with faith & ethnic communities, human rights & social justice advocates, and civic, education & law enforcement leaders. JCRC is proud to work with community & intergroup partners on issues of shared concern, united by our common pursuit of a just society, and our commitment to standing together in the face of those issues that could divide us, including bigotry, antisemitism, systemic racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and political & religious extremism. The JCRC’s Community Engagement Committee helps members of the Jewish community become stronger allies to members of marginalized or minority groups and movements. Importantly, Community Engagement Committee members not only amplify the Jewish community’s concerns,but also convey the concerns of other groups back into the Jewish community.
- We spearheaded the response to antisemitic incidents on Indiana campuses and in communities across the state.
- We organized the Jewish community’s participation in the Indianapolis Festival of Faiths.
- We participated in the IndyPride parade.
- We worked with synagogues, agencies, and law enforcement to ensure the Jewish community in Indianapolis and its institutions are safe and secure.
- We spoke up and in support of a mosque being built in Carmel.
- Two of our programs were accepted into the 2018 Spirit & PlacHappinessal. “Hummus & Hapiness” brought many diverse groups together over hummus. “Jewish and…” uplifted the diversity in the Jewish community by hightlighting individuals intersections.
The Jewish community participates in the Indianapolis Festival of Faiths