JCRC Publishes 2021 Impact Report
Letter from Steve Hunegs, Executive Director
Looking back at our second year of JCRC work during a pandemic, we are proud of what we have accomplished and are pleased to share some highlights from each department of our small-but-mighty organization.
• Spotlighted in the center-stitch of this report is the exhibition Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, which we copresented at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in partnership with ASI and the Greenberg Family Fund for Holocaust Awareness at Beth El Synagogue. The Minnesota debut of this exhibition was accompanied by The Story is Here, featuring the stories of three local families in the Midwest who were personally affected by the Kindertransport. Over 10,500 people visited this exhibit.
• Our Community Safety & Security program continues to serve communities across Minnesota and the Dakotas to ensure Jewish individuals and
institutions are safe and informed in an ever-changing environment.
• The Letters Project is creating meaningful opportunities to explore the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a place of deep and profound Zionism, to find one’s own voice, and to hear different perspectives.
• During our 2021 fiscal year, our remarkable Speakers Bureau delivered more than 400 presentations on Judaism, Israel, antisemitism, and the Holocaust – reaching over 10,000 people.
I extend my deepest thanks to JCRC Board President Judy Cook for her partnership and leadership, as well as the executive committee and board of
directors. The board of directors and staff have many accomplishments to be proud of in 2020 – 2021.
I also want to recognize Director of Community Security Rob Allen and Development Specialist and Annual Event Coordinator Lisa Ferrier who joined the staff in 2021. Lastly, I thank Laura Zelle and Anthony Sussman for their 15+ years of service to the JCRC. Together, we have over 110 years of experience as a staff.