Posted on March 5, 2014 by JCRC, under Holocaust Awareness
In January of this year, Keolis - a subsidiary of SNCF, a company with a connection to the Holocaust - won the contract to provide commuter rail service here in Massachusetts.
Given JCRC’s central role in transmitting the lessons of the Holocaust to the next generation and honoring the survivors in our own community, we have been monitoring the contracting and selection process with particular interest.
Posted on March 4, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs
State legislators and community leaders gathered at the Massachusetts State House for the Annual JCRC | MAJF Legislative Reception on Wednesday evening, February 26. This annual reception was held in celebration of the contribution of our partners in government, advocacy and the community.
Posted on February 25, 2014 by JCRC, under Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project
The following letter was sent to the JCRC Council and committees earlier today, February 25:
Along with the rest of the world, the Jewish community of Greater Boston has been anxiously monitoring the remarkable and frightening events in Ukraine over the last few weeks. For more than twenty years, our community has been in partnership with the Jewish community in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, helping to rebuild Jewish life after the fall of the Soviet Union. We join our partners in Dnepropetrovsk in mourning the tragic deaths in Kiev last week and in welcoming the cessation of violence in the capital.
Posted on February 24, 2014 by JCRC, under Holocaust Awareness
The following letter was sent to the JCRC Council and staff earlier today, February 24:
The Washington Post is reporting that the French government has opened talks with the U.S. State Department on matters of compensation for those American Holocaust survivors who were deported to Nazi death camps in French trains. This news comes as Keolis—a subsidiary of French nationally-owned rail company SNCF—won the contract to provide commuter rail service here in Massachusetts in January of this year.
Posted on February 18, 2014 by JCRC, under #TodahTuesday
Champions for affordable, accessible healthcare
As the national conversation on healthcare continues to evolve, in Massachusetts our focus has moved past access to cost containment. With universal healthcare a reality in our state, it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come in providing insurance access in the Commonwealth
Posted on February 17, 2014 by Aaron Agulnek, under Government Affairs
Many of us here in the Commonwealth can sense the impending holidays and important dates on the Jewish calendar by the weather outside and the layers of clothes which we wear. In Spring, the sun is slowly beginning to warm us and we know that Passover is on the horizon; the bathing suits come out and it is time for Shavuot; as the days start to get shorter and the Leaf Peepers travel across the State our community joins together to welcome in Rosh Hashanah, reflect on Yom Kippur and celebrate on Simchas Torah; and finally, with the shorter days, darker nights and first snow comes Chanukkah in December (leaving aside our once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgivikkuh of 2013).
Posted on February 12, 2014 by JCRC, under Israel
We at JCRC are deeply disappointed by the most recent ad from Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) in this paper (on Feb. 7) attacking the ADL for its leadership on behalf of our community while offering new allegations of anti-Israel bias in Newton public school classrooms.
Posted on January 29, 2014 by , under Holocaust Awareness
February 4, 3pm-4pm
In honor of the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Facing History, in partnership with JCRC of Greater Boston, will offer a webinar that explores memory and legacy by asking, “How can Holocaust memorials engage young audiences in ways that connect to their own authentic experience?
Posted on January 28, 2014 by JCRC, under #TodahTuesday
This month we’re recognizing the 10 teens from JCRC’s South Area who spent Martin Luther King Jr. weekend helping two families on Long Island recovering from Hurricane Sandy rebuild their homes!
Posted on January 13, 2014 by JCRC, under JCRC General
JCRC joins the people of Israel in remembering the life and legacy of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. A giant of Israeli history, Sharon was a decorated soldier and relentless public servant in the pursuit of a secure Jewish homeland. Fluent in both Hebrew and Arabic, he built diplomatic relationships with Israel’s neighbors, African nations, and the U.S. and other strategic partners; he never wavered from his commitment to protect the people of Israel from terrorist and military aggression.
Posted on December 31, 2013 by JCRC, under #TodahTuesday
For today’s #TodahTuesday, we’re thanking all of you who have followed our weekly posts! As we close the calendar year, we’d also like to take another opportunity to recognize the volunteers we highlighted over the past month for all their work and dedication.
Posted on December 24, 2013 by JCRC, under #TodahTuesday
JCRC enjoys a strong relationship with our elected officials in the State House, and this week we’re thrilled to spotlight one of our most dedicated partners: Representative Aaron Michlewitz.
Posted on December 23, 2013 by , under JCRC General
On December 13th, we returned from Israel after leading a ten-day study tour for members of the Massachusetts legislature.
Posted on December 17, 2013 by JCRC, under #TodahTuesday
Newly returned from our Community Leaders Study Tour to Israel, this week JCRC recognizes Debbie Isaacson for not only co-chairing this recent trip abroad, but also for the many ways in which she gives her time in support of Boston’s Jewish community, and our shared values and priorities.
Posted on December 10, 2013 by JCRC, under #TodahTuesday
Today we are proud to recognize Jonathan Sclarsic and Laura Reader! Both are heavily involved in the Jewish community: Laura is the Constituent Engagement and Young Leadership Coordinator at the American Jewish Committee of Boston, and Jonathan is an attorney in Boston, who sits on the Boards of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action and the Young Democrats of Massachusetts; and serves on JCRC’s ReachOut! Steering Committee.
And this year, both are volunteering with our ReachOut! program for VolunCHEER!
Posted on December 10, 2013 by JCRC, under Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project
Two weeks ago, JCRC welcomed Chanukah with a Thanksgivukkah celebration at the State House, commemorating a rare overlap between Thanksgiving and Chanukah that won’t happen again for over 70,000 years. Last Thursday, we marked the end of this special Chanukah at our third annual Vodkas & Latkes celebration, benefiting our Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Program (DKP).
Posted on December 6, 2013 by , under JCRC General
The following letter was sent to the JCRC Board, Council, and staff earlier today, December 6:
Yesterday, the world lost a great leader and an inspiration for many in our pursuit of freedom, equality, and justice.
Nelson Mandela (z"l) died, after a long life marked by extraordinary leadership and historic impact. In his 95 years, he evolved from tribal leader to citizen of the world, as he fought for freedom and championed truth, justice, and reconciliation.
Posted on December 5, 2013 by JCRC, under Israel
An article in today’s Globe states that more than 200 Massachusetts businesses with Israeli connections have generated nearly 6.2 billion in revenue in the Commonwealth in the last year alone.
Speaker of the House Robert A DeLeo, currently on JCRC’s Community Leader Study Tour of Israel, said: “During my Speakership, I have been committed to creating and growing jobs in Massachusetts – from blue collar jobs to the innovation economy.
Posted on December 3, 2013 by JCRC, under #TodahTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving during the holiday season, that encourages charitable activities in support of nonprofit organizations.
Read on to find out why this year, it's our turn to give.
Posted on December 2, 2013 by Jeremy Burton, under JCRC General
NOTE: A version of this post went as an update to the JCRC Council earlier today, Sunday, December 1st.
One week ago the “P5 + 1” and Iran announced an interim accord on Iran’s nuclear program. Even as we continue to digest this agreement it is important that we now turn our attention to the process by which a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program will be crafted over the coming six months.