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 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 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.
Posted on November 27, 2013 by JCRC, under JCRC General
The following letter was sent from Jeremy Burton to a broad distribution list earlier today:
As I’m sure you are all aware, the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Thanksgivukkah is happening this Thursday! While some of our commemoration has been less than serious, the truth is that the values behind Chanukah and Thanksgiving share a strong foundation. Recently, I spent some time writing about their commonalities, which I've shared on JewishBoston.com and copied below. Read on for my thoughts, and to see what has kept JCRC busy commemorating this special occasion.
Posted on November 24, 2013 by JCRC, under Israel
Like most people we are just beginning to absorb the news out of Geneva early this morning of an interim nuclear deal between world powers (the "P5+1") and Iran. While JCRC isn't making a statement yet I want to share (below) some of the pieces we've been reading today as we try to understand the deal itself as well as its impact for our work.
Posted on November 15, 2013 by JCRC, under JCRC General
To honor ADL's 100th anniversary, ADL regions around the country are highlighting the work that ADL continues to be involved with. Called Civil Rights 2013: Leading Minds, Leading Issues, this series of 11 conferences will take place across the country throughout 2013. Each will focus on a single issue at the top of ADL’s—and the country’s—civil rights agenda: discrimination, religious freedom, immigration, Internet hate and cyberbullying, hate crimes, free expression, and the challenge of balancing civil liberties and security.
On immigration, safety net, gun violence, Boston's Jewish community is working and making a difference
Posted on November 12, 2013 by JCRC, under JCRC General
Over the past month, JCRC staff has been actively working with our community in support of our shared agenda. Below are just a few of the actions we've taken with our community partners and elected officials.
Posted on October 11, 2013 by JCRC, under JCRC General
October 27, 5-7pm
Doors open at 4:30pm
Mukesh Kapila was the top UN official in Sudan in 2003-2004 and has visited Sudan recently for a first hand view of the continuing crises in Sudan. Mukesh will be available to sign copies of his book after his speech and Q&A.
Posted on October 4, 2013 by JCRC, under JCRC General
As we emerge from the long Holiday Season, JCRC cosponsored two events this past Sunday, September 29. These events marked a highly successful start to our program year, and they illustrate one of the ways we accomplish our work in the community.
Posted on October 4, 2013 by Tracy McNamara, under ReachOut!
Too often there is not an opportunity to get outside “your” little box, get involved, and make a difference. Regularly, people may find themselves searching for a chance to take a leap and are unclear where to jump, or even where to jump off of...
Posted on September 4, 2013 by Jeremy Burton, under JCRC General
I haven't always been a fan of the High Holiday service. It can run long and has a lot of rote recitation. For me it lacked resonance when saying prayers written by rabbis and poets of millennia past.
That changed in 2001 when I experienced, as we all did, the Days of Awe as the days after 9/11.
Posted on August 14, 2013 by JCRC, under Israel
(NECN) - Congressman Joe Kennedy III just returned from a trip to Israel and is fast earning a reputation as a maverick among Massachusetts Democrats.
Kennedy returned Monday from his congressional visit, and says it was a successful trip.
Posted on July 17, 2013 by JCRC, under Israel
Secretary of State Kerry is in the Middle East this week, continuing his efforts through shuttle diplomacy to restart direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian leadership to achieve a two-state peace agreement. As Kerry seeks to build momentum from President Obama’s historic spring visit to Israel and Ramallah, we are faced with an action that is itself a setback to the pursuit of a necessary peace: the European Union’s demand that Israel reject all territorial claims in the West Bank and its attempt to encourage a blanket boycott of interaction with the settlements.
Posted on July 2, 2013 by JCRC, under Israel
Earlier today, JCRC sent a letter to the board of Harvest Co-op to thank them for reaffirming their decision to reject a petition from the BDS movement.
Posted on June 28, 2013 by JCRC, under JCRC General
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston applauds the United States Senate for passing its bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill yesterday by a vote of 68-32. This bill is a solid step towards creating a more just and equitable immigration policy in the United States. The JCRC’s support of comprehensive reform and the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees has long been a hallmark of its public policy agenda, both on the state and federal levels.
Posted on June 26, 2013 by JCRC, under JCRC General
Todays’ landmark rulings by the Supreme Court on several cases regarding civil marriage equality are a significant step in the pursuit of equality in our nation. While today’s ruling does not extend full civil equality to same-sex families in all fifty states, JCRC welcomes the decision striking down DOMA, thereby expanding the benefits of marriages to all the couples in our state and others that have fought and waited for this day.
Posted on June 14, 2013 by JCRC, on behalf of Jane Matlaw, under JCRC General
Last week I was honored to introduce Enid Shapiro at JCRC’s Celebration of their volunteer leaders as she was awarded the inaugural Nancy K. Kaufman award for Excellence in Volunteer Leadership. While I did my best to condense my 36-year friendship with Enid down to a minutes-long speech, much of our relationship, by necessity, was left on the cutting room floor. I cut anecdotes about Enid’s many travel destinations, taking Enid to Mohegan Sun (her first time!) to celebrate her 81st birthday, or more recently, taking part in Zumba with Enid and 15 other women in her lobby.