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.

View 2023 JCRC Impact Report

Before the 10/7 attacks and their cascading effects, we had many months of highlights, and you’ll still find much of that in this report, including:

  • 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.

Steve Hunegs, Executive Director
Jon Parritz, Board President


As the consensus public affairs voice of the Jewish community, JCRC builds relationships to fight antisemitism and bigotry; educates about Judaism, Israel, antisemitism, and the Holocaust; advocates for Jewish values and priorities; and safeguards our community.