The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public affairs, interfaith, intergroup, and media relations agency for the greater Indianapolis Jewish Community. Originally established in 1942 to alert the broader community to the perils of Nazism and the Holocaust, JCRC’s mission continues to combat antisemitism through relationship-building and education. JCRC works within and outside of the Jewish community to promote an American society that is just, pluralistic, and democratic.

The JCRC builds bridges and partners with other groups that fight discrimination and advocate for human and civil rights and social and economic justice at the local, state, and national levels. Among its local partners are the Center For Interfaith Cooperation and the Race And Cultural Relations Leadership Network which is part of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee.

The JCRC is active across a range of domestic policy issues including education, criminal justice reform, economic justice, health care access, and reproductive rights. In Indiana, the JCRC advocated to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, worked to prevent discrimination against religious groups and the LGBTQ+ community, and led the statewide coalition for the passage of a hate crimes bill. At the federal level, the JCRC has advocated for comprehensive immigration reform and to address child nutrition and hunger. JCRC also builds coalitions across diverse communities to advocate for a strong Indiana-U.S.-Israel relationship.

Headed by an executive director, the JCRC is governed by a board that represents the Jewish community including synagogues, women’s groups, men’s groups, and Jewish Federation agencies. Though the board is diverse and expressive of different perspectives, it is united in preserving Jewish identity and resisting anti-Semitism.

Revised April 2021

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