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David Sklar, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council Director of Government Affairs, presented the keynote addressed. He explained how Indiana is one of five states in the United States that does not have a hate crimes law in effect.
The 6 p.m. performance is a fifth annual Community Night on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Through partnership with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, there will be a post-show candle-lighting ceremony and readings from Frank’s diary.
In a post on its Facebook page, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council said it believes the Zionsville school district “appreciates the gravity of this situation and will use this hurtful act as an opportunity for ongoing education and engagement.”
Lindsey Mintz, the executive director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, said though anti-Semitic incidents are starting to happen more frequently, she appreciates Zionsville Community Schools’ response to the photo so far. The organization added on Facebook that it will be working with the district.
“I think there’s always concern when you’re talking about legislation,” David Sklar said, with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council. “We know we’re in for a long road of discussions.”
In the final days of 2018, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council penned a letter to the editor in the IndyStar talking about anti-Semitism confronting the community.
State Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, released draft legislation in November that, if passed, would remove Indiana from the list of five states without a hate crime law. The bill was created with input from prosecutors, judges and a variety of interest groups, ranging from religious and minority coalitions to business and university organizations, including working closely with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.
It is our hope that all Hoosiers will join us in promoting and preserving an American society that celebrates pluralism and honors difference, and in fighting anti-Semitism by confronting it wherever it surfaces, and from whomever it emanates, to ensure that the world’s oldest hate is given no sanctuary.