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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on July 11, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs
Today, Governor Deval Patrick signed the FY 2015 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Posted on July 1, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs
On July 1st, the JCRC welcomed Congressman Joe Kennedy, III to a leadership breakfast where the Congressman outlined his first term in Congress and his vision for the future. Kennedy touched on a wide range of issues including disability employment, senior support services and his thoughts on navigating Middle East policies and politics. He also spoke about the recent ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Israeli President Shimon Peres. The legislation to award Peres with the Medal was introduced into the House of Representatives by Kennedy and Congressman Trent Franks. JCRC periodically will host conversations with public and political leaders on various topics of interest and importance to the organized Jewish community.
Posted on July 1, 2014 by JCRC, under Israel
CJP, JCRC Host Community Memorial Service for Our Boys
Make Sure the World Knows
"A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
Please join us to remember our boys at a community-wide memorial service at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesey. Doors open at 6pm.
Posted on June 30, 2014 by JCRC, under JCRC General
The national network of JCRCs, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, joined an amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court. Here is their statement from June 30 on behalf of our field.
Washington, DC – The Supreme Court’s decision today in Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores that employers with religious objections can opt out of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a setback to public health needs, said the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). The JCPA joined the American Jewish Committee in an amicus brief written by AJC's Marc Stern that supported the mandate as an appropriate balance between religious liberty and the state’s compelling interest in equality and public health.
Posted on June 26, 2014 by JCRC, under Government Affairs
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) applauds the Legislature and Governor Patrick for adopting and signing the new Massachusetts Minimum Wage act into law. This new law creates the highest state minimum wage in the nation and increases it from $8 an hour to $11 hour over 2 ½ years, supporting over 600,000 low-wage earners throughout the Commonwealth.