JCRC Publishes 2022 Impact Report
Letter from Steve Hunegs and Jon Parritz
As we reflect on the past year, we are proud to share some highlights from the different departments of our organization.
- Our Community Safety and Security program continues to grow, working 24/7 to protect the community through site and facility assessments, trainings, threat analysis and intelligence, working with local, state, and federal law enforcement and more.
- The annual JCRC One Day Trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington D.C. resumed in 2022 after COVID-19 required us to cancel in 2020 and 2021, providing what is for many, a once in a lifetime experience for approximately 150 students, educators, law enforcement, community members, and a contingent of the MN National Guard.
- JCRC educators gave over 500 presentations in schools, churches, and civic groups across the North this year, teaching approximately 21,000 people about
Judaism, Israel, antisemitism, and the Holocaust.
- This spring, Minnesota became the second state to legislatively divest from Russia and Belarus. JCRC achieved this strongly bipartisan outcome in close coordination with Minnesota’s Ukrainian Advocacy Committee.
- As we celebrate Israel’s 75th anniversary, The Letters Project continues to expand as a recognized tool for encountering the dual narratives that drive
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Zionist pride, empathy and awareness. In November 2021, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) invited JCRC to bring The Letters Project to its annual training conference of all the North American shlichim (Israeli emissaries) to equip these Israelis for the American conversation on Israel they will encounter in their shlichut.
In September, we transitioned to new lay leadership and welcomed six board members who add energy, diversity, and experience to our already outstanding board. We extend our deepest gratitude to Judy Cook for her leadership as board president and guiding us from strength to strength these past two years.
Thanks to the remarkable JCRC staff and our officers, board members, volunteers, contributors, and supporters, we have accomplished much in the last year.
Steve Hunegs, Executive Director
Jon Parritz, Board President