Meeting the Moment

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My grandmother, Sarah Faust Burton, was a proud Southern Presbyterian woman who moved from North Carolina to Indiana to build a life with her Jewish husband. Years after her passing, my grandfather encouraged me to embrace a heritage including our family connection to groups like the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of …Continue reading »

Daring to Dream

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I’m writing this week’s message from Dnepropetrovsk as I prepare to make my way back to Boston, after spending a week representing the Boston Jewish community on an important Jewish Federations of North America mission. I hope you’ve been following my posts throughout the trip on Facebook. I’ll admit, I’ve been struggling with what to …Continue reading »

Examining the Continuing Crisis in Ukraine

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This Sunday, I will be flying to Ukraine to represent CJP and the Boston Jewish community on an important Jewish Federations of North America mission.  We make this visit in the second year of an ongoing crisis that has not abated. The economy there is struggling, with inflation at about 40%. Tensions continue with Russia and pro-Russian …Continue reading »

The Backbone of JCRC

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I think of myself as one of the luckiest people in the world. I have the amazing privilege of working at an organization that deeply connects with my sense of purpose. It is my conviction that amongst the more urgent tasks we face as a Jewish people is to participate actively in the great public …Continue reading »

Answering the Call to Honor Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

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This coming Wednesday, June 3, will mark the one year anniversary of the terrorist kidnapping and brutal murders of Eyal Ifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel. It is painful to look back at that day, to recall the hope we had for their safe return, and our profound grief at their loss. How innocent we may now think we …Continue reading »

Our First Fruits

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Today as Americans, we head into a long holiday weekend as we mark Memorial Day and honor all those who gave their lives in defense of our nation and our national values. As Jews, we also will celebrate Shavuot and the receiving of the Torah at Sinai. As Passover tells the story of our delivery …Continue reading »

Partners In Leadership

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In the sacred Mishna it is taught that Rabbi Tarfon used to say: “Ours is not to complete the task, nor are we free to desist from it.” This past Monday night, we gathered for With Gratitude: An Evening of Volunteer Appreciation, an inspiring night to thank our dedicated volunteer leaders for their boundless commitment …Continue reading »

Gun Violence Bill is Only a Start

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Anyone who has traveled in or out of Boston on the Pike has undoubtedly seen the Stop Handgun Violence billboard near Fenway Park that records and tallies daily American gun deaths since the 2012 Newtown shootings. Earlier this week, the number on the iconic billboard surpassed 75,000 (an estimate based on an average 83 gun …Continue reading »

What’s Cooking in Our Advocacy Work?

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As the details of the State Budget are being debated on Beacon Hill, I am reminded that it is often said that laws are like sausages: it is better not to see them being made. I disagree – and not just because I am a vegetarian or because there is an inference that both are …Continue reading »

Video: The Ethics of Public Leadership – Who Speaks for the Jews?

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The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA presented an evening of discussion on The Ethics of Public Leadership: Who Speaks for the Jews? on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The evening featured a discussion between Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom …Continue reading »

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