March 22, 2017
The Minneapolis Foundation’s Faith In Each Other Fund will help address Jewish community security needs
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the Jewish community in Minnesota, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) deeply appreciates the support from The Minneapolis Foundation for the JCRC’s important mission of community security.
“During a time of unprecedented threats, The Faith In Each Other Fund is an important and meaningful display of solidarity with the Jewish community. This charitable fund will support Jewish community-wide security initiatives, helping local Jewish organizations address security needs in the face of recent anti-Semitic threats.
“In addition to supporting the Jewish community, The Minneapolis Foundation is planning a second Faith In Each Other Fund to benefit the Muslim community that will launch this spring. The Foundation is working with members of the Muslim community to develop this second fund to ensure that proceeds effectively address the Muslim community’s needs during this uncertain time. The JCRC applauds The Minneapolis Foundation for creating this necessary fund. All communities should work together on security matters and to advance the public good which The Minneapolis Foundation has so long advanced. These funds truly exemplify The Minneapolis Foundation’s mission of bringing together people, ideas, and resources to improve lives locally.
“This critical funding at this moment in time leverages the important support which the JCRC receives from the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, private foundations such as the Otto Bremer Trust and Beverly Foundation, and our numerous and generous individual contributors.
“The JCRC serves as the official Jewish community liaison with federal, state, and local law enforcement. It provides security guidance to Jewish organizations, working with law enforcement as well as private security organizations to develop and implement monitoring, prevention, response, and training programs.
“Law enforcement and security professionals emphasize that one of the most effective ways to prevent or mitigate emergencies is a prepared and dedicated staff. The Faith in Each Other Fund will help provide Jewish community professionals with the tools they need to better respond during an emergency.”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.