JCRC Statement on Announcement of Arrest in Duluth Synagogue Fire

September 13, 2019 — 7:00 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement regarding the announcement of an arrest made in connection with the fire at Adas Israel Congregation in Duluth, MN:

“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) appreciates the investigation by the Duluth Police Department in conjunction with the Duluth Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives leading to an arrest in connection with the fire at Adas Israel Congregation. We also appreciate officials recognizing the need to move the press conference to Sunday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m., in observance of Shabbat.

“We became aware of the arrest heading into Shabbat and will continue working with the Duluth Police Department to inform the Jewish community of the nature of this arrest as the investigation continues. We will await issuing further comment until charges are filed.

“We wish the Duluth Jewish community a peaceful and restful Shabbat as we continue to offer our full support.”

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