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Jewish Life

JCC Indianapolis is proud of its Jewish heritage and seeks to create a community space driven by these values. For a listing of Jewish holidays, visit

  Jewish Holidays

The following are programs specifically for, or about, Judaism.


Thanks to a grant from the JCC Association and the Jewish Agency for Israel, the greater Indianapolis Jewish community will have an opportunity to engage with young emissaries from Israel who are here as part of the Shinshinim Young Ambassadors program to bring Israeli culture to life. The program is a partnership between Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Shinshinim, a Hebrew acronym for Shnat Sherut or “year of service,” are the best and the brightest of Israel’s recent high school graduates who have deferred army service to spend a year in a diaspora community. They serve the community through volunteering in synagogues, our JCC, Hebrew schools and youth groups.

The contact for this program is Jordan Byrd at

Meet This Year’s Shinshinim

Enav lives in Haifa. Likes to dance, paint (she has an Instagram page for her illustrations!) and play piano. She looks forward to teaching about Hebrew vocabulary and current events.

Maya lives in Jerusalem. She has studied classical music, ballet and piano and taught social-distanced yoga and creative writing classes. During the pandemic, she organized meal trains for seniors and is currently at a kibbutz picking avocados and mangos due to the shortage of farm workers. She looks forward to teaching about Jewish holidays and popular Israeli music.

BBYO Chapter

For Jewish teens. BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For over 95 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens.

Interested in joining? Contact

Ethan Cohen
BBYO City Director

Members may join the following Facebook groups:

  BBYO Indy

BBYO Indy Parents

Indy BBYO Alumni

Follow us on Instagram: IndianapolisBBYO

For more information about BBYO, visit the Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio region page on the BBYO website.


The J is a partner in hosting a Jewish and Israeli Film Festival.

Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

Other upcoming Jewish events:


tue27oct8:00 PMVirtual Ann Katz Festival: Jennifer RosnerAuthor of "The Yellow Bird Sings." This year's Community Reads event.8:00 PM EST Zoom Event Organized By: Lev Rothenberg Cost: $10 (book purchase from A Cappella Books not required but encouraged)

wed28oct8:00 PMVirtual Ann Katz Festival: The Newish Jewish EncyclopediaTablet Magazine writers and "Unorthodox" podcast hosts Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz and Mark Oppenheimer in conversation with Indy JCRC's David Sklar8:00 PM EST Zoom Event Organized By: Lev Rothenberg Cost: $10 (book purchase from A Cappella Books not required but encouraged)


sun01nov3:00 PMVirtual Ann Katz Festival: Sue EisenfeldAuthor of "Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South." In conversation with Rabbi Brett Krichiver.3:00 PM EST Zoom Event Organized By: Lev Rothenberg Cost: $10 (book purchase from A Cappella Books not required but encouraged)

fri20nov2:00 PMVirtual Ann Katz Festival: Mimi LemayAuthor of "What We Will Become: A Mother, A Son and a Journey of Transformation"2:00 PM EST Zoom Event Organized By: Lev Rothenberg Cost: FREE for ticket only, $35 for ticket plus a copy of the book (includes shipping from A Cappella Books in Atlanta)

The Albert and Sara Reuben Holocaust Memorial Garden

Located on the Max and Mae Simon Jewish Community Campus, is the Albert and Sara Reuben Holocaust Memorial Garden. The centerpiece of the garden is a sculpture “Surviving Spirit” by survivor Alfred Tibor, a single statement of the horror and triumph of the Jewish people.

The base of the monument is six-sided like the Jewish star. It is inscribed with the names of some death camps and concentration camps. The Mourner’s Kaddish (Jewish prayer for the dead) is part of the Memorial as well as a poem and a quotation from Elie Wiesel.