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 »

Boston Strong: Realizing the Vision

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With the 117th running of the Boston Marathon this week, I imagine I was not alone in feeling grateful to celebrate Patriots’ Day as a return to a community wide gathering of support for thousands of runners, from elite athletes to average people taking on the Herculean task of completing the 26.2 mile course, this …Continue reading »

The Courage to Tell and Retell

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This week we commemorated Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Though the event was widely covered in the local press, not included in that coverage was a private moment I’d like to share with you; one that’s stayed with me all week. After the public ceremony at Faneuil Hall and the New England Holocaust Memorial, our …Continue reading »

Reaching Out Beyond Mitzvah Days

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I read with interest a recent Boston Globe article that explored issues regarding the burden that some non-profits experience when well-meaning volunteers donate time that, well, may not be needed. The article made me pause to reflect on the work that JCRC does in the community. Are our volunteers having the impact we hope for? …Continue reading »

Is This Seder Different from All Others?

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Those of you who follow me on social media know that over the past week I had the pleasure of attending Passover sedarim hosted by three of our member organizations; AJC, ADL and the Jewish Labor Committee. I Facebooked, Instragrammed and Tweeted from each of them but since many folks aren’t on those platforms, I …Continue reading »

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