“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.
“Although age, sex, gender and gender identity are missing from SB198, the millions of Hoosiers who identify with these characteristics are not missing from our coalition’s unwavering support, and we will continue to work to ensure that they are added, and specifically identified, in the statute.”
The bias crimes language that was accepted on a voice vote mentions color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion and sexual orientation, but doesn’t explicitly cover age, sex or gender identity.
As the Jewish congregation members stood holding signs, Masjid Al-Fajr congregants came up to them, using the Hebrew greeting shalom, meaning peace, and some Jews said the Arabic salaam in response, also meaning peace, as they all shook hands.
“We pulled our support. I would consider Senate Bill 12 to be a blank piece of paper,” said Sklar, who is also assistant director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Indianapolis.
The Interchurch Community was fully engaged at a call for the Legislature to pass a stringent anti-hate crime bill.
On Friday, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council gathered at the mosque off Cold Spring Road near West 30th Street. They wanted those attending Friday prayers to know they stand with them.
“We applaud Gov. Holcomb for his continued leadership on this issue, and for his commitment to ensuring that Indiana gets its bias crimes law right.”
“The Indiana Jewish community established the JCRC in 1942, while the Holocaust was unfolding in Europe. The core of JCRC’s mission is to safeguard Jews by combating antisemitism and working in coalition with other groups that fight discrimination and bigotry through relationship-building and education.”
“We took that back to the committee, and we looked at it and agreed [it was problematic],” says Wiles. The JCRC and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana also concurred that the suggested film was problematic, and a different film was chosen.