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JCRC — “Indiana could pass hate crime laws next year”
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JCRC — “Indiana could pass hate crime laws next year”

David Sklar, director of government affairs for the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, said the organization has pushed for hate crime legislation for almost five years, but he is more confident about a bill being passed in the upcoming session.

JCRC — “FBI statistics show hate crimes are on the rise, Indiana feeling the effects”
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JCRC — “FBI statistics show hate crimes are on the rise, Indiana feeling the effects”

“I hope that the perpetrators of these crimes, these incidents know that while they are trying to drive a wedge between folks and send a message of discrimination really what they’re doing is bringing folks closer together,” Sklar said.

JCRC — “Commentary: Hate crimes and this moment in history”
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JCRC — “Commentary: Hate crimes and this moment in history”

One listener says spray-painting innocuous graffiti on someone’s house is designed to irritate. Spray-painting a swastika on a synagogue, though, is meant to terrify. It is intended to tell a group of people they don’t belong, that they aren’t fully human, that they don’t have the same rights that others do.

JCRC — Business leaders push for hate crime law in Indiana
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JCRC — Business leaders push for hate crime law in Indiana

David Sklar with the JCRC noted that anti-Jewish hate crimes across the country rose 37% last year. He said the vandalism of a Carmel synagogue last summer the massacre at the Pittsburgh synagogue has “the Jewish community here on edge…we believe a law sill absolutely have tangible effects,” but he said even if it’s only symbolic, “As Jewish Hoosiers we need our state to stand up and make a statement.”

JCRC — “Anti-Semitism incidents on the rise in Indiana”
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JCRC — “Anti-Semitism incidents on the rise in Indiana”

“We do need a law,” said David Sklar with the Jewish Community Relations Council. “(We) need to figure out exactly what the law looks like, but there’s overwhelming consensus that it’s time for Indiana to take this step.”

JCRC — “Indianapolis faith leaders call for unity, vigilance after synagogue shooting”
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JCRC — “Indianapolis faith leaders call for unity, vigilance after synagogue shooting”

After Saturday’s rampage at the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Jewish Community Relations Council in Indianapolis said anti-Semitic acts and expressions are “at an all time high, and increasing fastest in the Midwest.”

JCRC — “Central Indiana Jewish community ‘appalled’ after synagogue shooting”
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JCRC — “Central Indiana Jewish community ‘appalled’ after synagogue shooting”

The attack on Squirrel Hills is a hate crime. The JCRC condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack on Jewish-Americans that happened today inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

JCRC — “Debate Over Hate Crime Bill: All or Nothing”
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JCRC — “Debate Over Hate Crime Bill: All or Nothing”

Bills allowing longer sentences for hate crimes have died in the Senate the last two years, and in the House the year before that. Governor Holcomb has said he’ll support a hate crimes bill in the 2019 legislative session.

JCRC — “Anti-Semitism in Schools on the Rise”
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JCRC — “Anti-Semitism in Schools on the Rise”

The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council led a discussion on the rise of anti-Semitic acts in schools Wednesday.  Earlier this month, swastikas were drawn in a boy’s bathroom at Pike High School.

JCRC — Swastikas drawn in boy’s restroom at Pike High School
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JCRC — Swastikas drawn in boy’s restroom at Pike High School

“It’s happening more and more,” said JCRC executive director Lindsey Mintz. ” The JCRC probably gets one or two calls a month from families who have had something in a classroom, through social media, between students.”