Boston Jewish reflections and updates on Overland Park, Kansas murders

Posted on April 14, 2014 by , under JCRC General

By now we’re sure you’ve seen the terrible news out of Overland Park, Kansas where three people were murdered at two Jewish institutions yesterday. Below is a reflection from CJP’s Barry Shrage which we offer to you. We’ve also included a brief from New England ADL which went out this morning.
As we head into Passover and the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing we share Barry’s words of solidarity with the Kansas Jewish community and join him in mourning those who were killed yesterday as we pray for their families and all the people of that community.

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Navigating Passover and the Marathon Bombing Anniversary

Posted on April 14, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Jeremy Burton, under JCRC General

Crossposted from a JewishBoston.com post, published April 13, 2014

This Tuesday, April 15th, Vice President Biden will be in Boston as he joins Governor Patrick and Mayor Walsh to honor and commemorate the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. They will join hundreds of the victims and their families, first responders,  faith leaders, and members of our civic community.  Though I’m honored that I was invited to attend, I won’t be with them on Tuesday.

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This Passover, Let Us Tell Our Stories and Learn From Our History

Posted on April 11, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Jeremy Burton, under JCRC General

As appeared in The Jewish Journal, April 10, 2014

On April 14, Jews across Boston and the world will gather to celebrate Passover. At our seders we will relive the story of our long ago ancestors’ persecution and emigration, explore the lessons of history, and weave a narrative for our own time.

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Defining “Pro-Israel” at the Center of a Dynamic Community

Posted on April 1, 2014 by JCRC, under Israel

Earlier today, our Executive Director Jeremy Burton participated in a panel conversation with six visiting Knesset members regarding American Jewish perspectives on defining "pro-Israel." He was honored to join journalist/activist Leibel Fein, and CAMERA Executive Director Andrea Levin.

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Standing up for Seniors

Posted on March 25, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Elana H. Margolis, under Government Affairs

On the morning of Monday, March 24th, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of more than 400 advocates for seniors and their caregivers, hosted by Mass Home Care and cosponsored by JCRC and other elder advocacy organizations. As I stood at the Grand Staircase, in the center of the historic State House, I couldn’t help but think that I had been there before, but as someone else…

Here’s what I said:

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JCRC Joins Mass Home Care for their Elder Lobby Day on March 24

Posted on March 20, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs

We're featured in this Patriot Ledger article from Sunday as the proud partner of Mass Home Care for their Elder Lobby Day at the State House this coming Monday. Read the full article for information on what services are needed to support our aging population.

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Community support allows JCRC to increase impact on disability advocacy and gun violence prevention

Posted on March 19, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs

In response to our recent accomplishments and rising interest from our community, JCRC is thrilled to expand the focus and effectiveness of our advocacy and organizing work. To support this expansion, we are adding two new staff roles committed to the coordination and implementation of our community organizing efforts and public policy agenda in the areas of gun violence prevention and disability advocacy.

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Staying up to date on the current situation in Ukraine and our Jewish partners in Dnepropetrovsk

Posted on March 17, 2014 by JCRC, under Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project

Over the past weeks, JCRC staff has continued to monitor events developing in Ukraine and Russia. For more than twenty years, with the sustained support of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston has partnered with Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine to help rekindle Jewish life after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Update on the Jewish Community in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Posted on March 13, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Rabbi James Morgan, under Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project

An edited version of this op-ed appears in this week's edition of the Jewish Journal, and on their website.

At the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), we have watched the unfolding events in Ukraine and Russia with significant trepidation, concerned for our partners in Dnepropetrovsk and for the future of Ukraine itself after its remarkable shift in direction back towards democracy from tyranny.

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White Ribbon Day

Posted on March 10, 2014 by JCRC, on behalf of Aaron Agulnek, under Government Affairs

This post originally appeared on the Jewish Family & Children's Service Blog

On March 6, I proudly took the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day pledge with my own little twist, that “From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women (and all victims of domestic and dating abuse).” I am grateful to work as the Director of Government Affairs at the Jewish Community Relations Council in Greater Boston (JCRC) and will use this platform and visibility to lift up my voice.

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Staying up to date on the connection between new commuter rail provider and the Holocaust

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.

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JCRC | MAJF Legislative Reception 2014

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.

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Update on current events in Kiev, Ukraine

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.

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French government explores reparations for U.S. Holocaust survivors

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.

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TodahTuesday: Paul Hattis & Debbie Wengrovitz

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

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Advocacy for Inclusion: The Jewish Community’s Seasonal Awakening

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). 

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JCRC seeks Newton parents' input and schools transparency

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.

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Exploring the Use of Memory in Learning About the Holocaust

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?

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#TodahTuesday: TELEM teen volunteers

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!

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JCRC Remembers Ariel Sharon (z"l)

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.

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