October 3, 2014
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by Augsburg College to recognize Students Supporting Israel as a chartered student organization:
"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) applauds the decision by Augsburg College to recognize Students Supporting Israel as a chartered student organization. In so doing, Augsburg reverses an earlier decision by the Augsburg Day Student Government to deny Students Supporting Israel's application. This decision comes after an extensive internal investigation by Augsburg and reinforces the College's stated commitment to supporting 'an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work.'
"The JCRC is proud to have worked closely with Students Supporting Israel in reaching this victory for the free exchange of ideas at Augsburg College. We applaud Julian Yigal Kritz, President of the Augsburg Students Supporting Israel chapter, and his classmates for their poise and diligence. The JCRC looks forward to working with Mr. Kritz and his Augsburg colleagues as they bring their positive pro-Israel/pro-peace message to Augsburg College.
"Finally, the JCRC thanks Matt Entenza, a Regent at Augsburg College, for his friendship and invaluable guidance in helping the College and Students Supporting Israel reach this positive outcome."
The JCRC… the public affairs voice of the Jewish community fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice, promoting tolerance and social justice, and representing Jews, individually and collectively.