Question Four: A Debate

Posted on October 29, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs

A Yes vote supports Jewish values

On Election Day, Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters will be asked to vote on the issue of “earned sick time”, an issue closely tied to important Jewish values. Eighty percent of low-income workers in Massachusetts – close to 1,000,000 workers – cannot take a single day of sick leave without fear of losing their jobs or income. For many low-income workers, missing a single shift would risk their financial security and result in a low-income family falling even farther below the poverty line. A “Yes” on Question 4 would ensure that all workers have the opportunity to earn sick time in order to care for themselves and their loved ones who are ill.

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The Race to Washington D.C. Stops at the JCC!

Posted on October 7, 2014 by , under JCRC General

Meet the three candidates for the U.S. 6th District Congressional seat at the JCC of the North Shore, Sunday, October 12!

More information available on the JCC Website.

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Wishing you a sweet and happy New Year from JCRC!

Posted on September 24, 2014 by JCRC, under JCRC General

Looking ahead to a vibrant 5775!

Over the past year, we've been fortunate to work with a talented and invested community toward our goal of defining and advancing the values of our community in the public square.

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Yizkor Service

Posted on September 11, 2014 by JCRC, under Holocaust Awareness

In memory of the six million.

Sunday September 28, 11:00am-12:00pm
Berlin Chapel at the Statue of Job
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

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Update: Governor Signs New Gun Violence Prevention Bill into Law

Posted on August 13, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs

Earlier this morning, the JCRC joined with Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, legislators, advocacy organizations and community leaders as Governor Deval Patrick signed a new piece of gun violence prevention legislation into law. Over the past year and half, JCRC, in partnership with the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, has advocated for comprehensive gun legislation to address the tremendous social costs of the existing loopholes in gun laws. Given the lack of any viable federal legislation, our advocacy focused on tightening laws in Massachusetts. And while this bill is not perfect, as no bill ever is, it meets many of the goals that the Coalition set out to accomplish, including:

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Update: The Rally Is On! Join Us!

Posted on August 5, 2014 by JCRC, under Israel

Join us as we come together as one community to express our solidarity with Israel.

Although a ceasefire is in place, the battle against terrorism isn’t over and Israel needs our voice and our support.

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Talking Points? Yes: "War is Tragedy"

Posted on July 29, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Jeremy Burton, under Israel

In the last 24 hours or so several people have asked what my "talking points" are regarding a school in Gaza being hit, or a marketplace, or some other site. What am I supposed to say? It is ugly. Of course it is horrible. It is profoundly painful.

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In times of crisis and in times of hope, JCRC brings our community together

Posted on July 21, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Jeremy Burton, under Israel

Earlier today, an article in Haaretz reported that J Street withdrew their sponsorship of last week’s Boston solidarity rally in support of Israel’s defense of innocent civilians. After initially accepting an invitation to be a sponsor of last Thursday’s event, J Street Boston director Shaina Wasserman informed me the night before the event that they were withdrawing their sponsorship for reasons only J Street can explain. She then sent me the letter excerpted in the Haaretz report as a follow up to our phone conversation.

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JCRC Statement Supporting Massachusetts Governor's Plan to Host Migrant Children

Posted on July 18, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs

Today, JCRC stood with Governor Patrick in support of his plans for Massachusetts to host migrant children, many of whom have left Central America. The details of the request are being worked out, but the Governor has committed to working with federal officials to find a humane solution

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Jewish Leaders Call for Increased Public Support of Israel

Posted on July 17, 2014 by JCRC, under Israel

By Penny Schwartz
Special to the Journal

BOSTON — On a day that began with dashed hopes of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and ended with Israel’s first civilian casualty as a result of a Hamas-fired rocket, Boston’s leading Jewish communal organizations announced plans Tuesday for increased public visibility in support of Israel.

Tonight, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Jewish Communities Relations Council will hold a rally in support of Israel at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill.

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Update: Solidarity Rally for Israel - Thursday, July 17

Posted on July 15, 2014 by JCRC, under Israel

Stand together as we support Israel's defense of innocent civilians.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Congregation Mishkan Tefila
300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill

Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Event begins 7:30 p.m.

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Now Is Not The Time For Silence

Posted on July 14, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Jeremy Burton, under Israel

There are some in the American Jewish community who are arguing that tomorrow (Tuesday July 15th, also the Fast of 17th Tammuz) should be a day for us to withdraw from social media. They argue that, with all the unhelpful public discourse about Israel in this crisis, we should take a day to withdraw from social media and not engage - even as Israel is under fire.

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Progress - JCRC | MAJF Celebrates State Budget Victories

Posted on July 14, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs

On Friday, July 11, Governor Deval Patrick signed the FY 2015 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are proud to report that many of our priorities were increased, continuing our gains over the past several years. We have pulled out highlights to showcase some of our successes. This represents but a fraction of our work during the budget debate. Please take the time to thank our champions, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Murray and Governor Patrick for continuing to work with JCRC to create a better Commonwealth. 

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Gun Violence Prevention Bill Passes Mass House

Posted on July 11, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) applauds the Massachusetts House of Representatives for passing An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence by an overwhelming margin.

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Governor Patrick Signs Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

Posted on July 11, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs

Today, Governor Deval Patrick signed the FY 2015 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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We Must Think About All the Innocent Victims of Terror

Posted on July 10, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Jeremy Burton, under Israel

Waking up this morning to two news alerts, both of which should trouble and concern anyone with any ounce of human decency: the continued barrage of rockets that have millions of Israelis hiding in shelters, and over 60 Palestinians dead in Gaza as Israel responds against terrorist operations.

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CJP, JCRC Joint Statement on Operation Protective Edge

Posted on July 8, 2014 by JCRC, under JCRC General

Early Tuesday morning Israel Defense Forces launched Operation Protective Edge against Hamas, aimed at stopping what had become a relentless and intolerable barrage of rockets launched from Gaza at innocent civilians in southern Israel.

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A briefing on the current situation in Israel

Posted on July 7, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Jeremy Burton, under Israel

Since the discovery last week of the murders of our three kidnapped boys - Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and GIL'AD  Shaar, Z"L  - the news cycle from Israel has conveyed a rapid cycle of horrors, dismay, moments of hope, and serious challenges that demand our attention.

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We Can't Afford to Mourn Any Longer

Posted on July 3, 2014 by JCRC, under Israel

Two weeks ago, Boston’s Jewish community joined together in hope and prayer that three Israeli teens kidnapped by terrorists as they headed home after school would be safely returned to their families.

This week, we came together as a community to mourn after our worst fears were realized.

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CJP, JCRC Joint Statement on Justice and Vengeance

Posted on July 2, 2014 by JCRC, under JCRC General

"Israel is a state of law, everyone needs to conduct themselves according to law." 
-Prime Minister Netanyahu

We do not yet know who is responsible for the apparent brutal murder of a Palestinian boy near Jerusalem this morning, nor the motivation for this despicable act.  It does not matter. In the words of Mayor Nir Barkat - regardless of who the perpetrators were - this is “a horrible and barbaric act.”

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