“We just have to be vigilant whether it is a Tuesday or a Saturday whether it is near a Jewish holiday or not. It is a difficult moment and every one of our synagogues and organizations and institutions is obviously on higher alert as we need to be,” said Lindsey Mintz, director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.
It’s only the second such count conducted in Indianapolis, so it’s too early to establish trends, but gathering the data allows for researchers and public and private entities to better tailor resources and outreach to address the community’s needs, said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director.
A mass shooting in New Zealand at two mosques felt personal to many in the Muslim community in central Indiana. They said it has shaken them, but some were not really surprised it happened.
That was the largest number of deaths recorded by CHIP since it started tracking figures more than a decade ago, and it represented a 20 percent increase from 2017. Illness, injury, homicides and drug overdoses contributed to the number.