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 https://jccindy.org/about-us/holidays/
The following are programs specifically for, or about, Judaism.
Thanks to a grant from the JCC Association, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis’ Annual Campaign, 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.
Follow them on Instagram at shinshinim.indy.
Costs for the students’ travel, room and board have been covered, but donations of cash and gift cards are being accepted to cover additional costs, e.g, to cover their cell phone bills, gift cards for groceries, clothing, local restaurants, etc. Select “2020 Shinshinim” from the drop down menu.
And if you would like to host the students, please contact Eric Koehler at ehkoehler@JCCindy.org.
Meet Our Shinshinim
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
BBYO City Director
Members may join the following Facebook groups:
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.
Other upcoming Jewish events:
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.