JCRC Publishes 2023 Impact Report
Letter from Steve Hunegs and Jon Parritz
We are publishing our 2023 Impact Report as compounding crises affect our community: Israel is at war with a terrorist army following the October 7 atrocities, hundreds of Israeli hostages remain captive in Gaza. While our community reels from these traumas, Hamas slogans are echoing in our schools, and we are experiencing a 400% increase in antisemitism in the United States.
JCRC addresses these crises by educating, advocating, and safeguarding our community in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Our trusted relationships with families, schools, law enforcement, elected officials, media, and community partners drive our efforts.
- The continued strengthening of our Community Safety and Security program, which now includes marked patrol vehicles for greater visibility, flexibility, and deterrence.
- Many accomplishments during the historic Minnesota 2023 legislative session, including passing a mandate to teach about the Holocaust, genocide of Indigenous peoples, and other genocides.
- Our inaugural Power of Place European Educator Tour, which brought 18 educators from nine states (including all three in our region) to Germany, Poland, and Norway for experiential learning about pre-war Jewish life, the Nazi Genocide of European Jews, and post-war Jewish resilience and rebirth.
The JCRC staff continue to prove themselves invaluable to our community. I thank them for their tireless efforts, as well as our officers – led by board president Jon Parritz – board members, volunteers, contributors, and supporters for enabling us to meet this historic moment on behalf of our extraordinary community.