Guns, Safety, and Jewish Community Security – A Town Hall Conversation

The public is invited to join a community-driven conversation, “Guns, Safety, and the Jewish Community,” on Sunday, March 13 from 3:30 to 5:00PM organized by JFS, NCJW Minnesota, JFCS and JCRC of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

The program is designed to attract a broad and diverse audience of people who are interested in having a thoughtful conversation about the connections between guns and our community’s security.

Given the discernable contemporary threats to Jewish safety and security, it is time to reconvene around shared values and commitment to safety, while engaging a broader representation of community in the conversation.

The panel will be moderated by Rob Allen, Director of Community Security at Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC). Speakers will include a Jewish community safety advocate, a gun violence prevention advocate, and a scholar of firearm injury prevention. The town hall format is designed to create a brave space that is nonpartisan, apolitical, and inclusive of a wide range of perspectives.

The goal is to create a learning opportunity that will focus on security in the Jewish community, the impact of gun violence and trauma on individuals and organizations, and what steps can be taken to make Jewish communities safer. This conversation will help build a more connected Jewish Minnesota by creating a model for respectful and inclusive conversation – even in areas of disagreement.

Program participants will gain a greater understanding of and respect for the diversity of perspectives on guns, gun violence and gun safety that exist within the Jewish community. Participants for whom engagement and action are their personal goals will come away with opportunities to continue to be involved in programs and advocacy related to addressing antisemitism, promoting gun safety, and improving safety for Jewish community members and others.

Register here for this virtual event.