JCRC News and Press

A Letter to Senators Markey and Warren on the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act

Posted on January 10, 2014 under JCRC General

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The following letter in support of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act was sent from JCRC to senators Markey & Warren today:

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the Jewish community of Greater Boston, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support of the Jewish community and of a robust foreign policy to ensure the welfare and security of the United States, the State of Israel, and of people around the world.

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Joint Statement: American Academic Group Boycotts Peace, Hope and Israel

Posted on December 19, 2013 under Israel

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A shameful step by the American Studies Association demands condemnation and action.

This week, we received the disturbing news that the American Studies Association adopted a boycott of Israel. The boycott asks scholars across the country to sever ties with Israeli academic institutions and cultural organizations.

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JCRC Applauds MA Senate for Supporting Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on November 20, 2013 under Government Affairs

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The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) applauds the Massachusetts State Senate for voting yesterday to increase the state’s minimum wage to incrementally reach $11/hour by 2016. In addition, the Senate bill would tie future increases to inflation to ensure that wages remained at least 50 cents per hour higher than the federal minimum wage.

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ADL/CJP/JCRC Joint Statement Regarding Allegations in Newton Public Schools

Posted on November 7, 2013 under Israel

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I am sure that most of you are aware of the recent ads in several local papers attacking David Fleishman, Newton School Superintendent, and School Committee Vice Chair Matt Hills, claiming that under their watch the curriculum of the Newton Public Schools serves to “Demonize Israel & America While Glorifying Islam.”  We and the ADL have examined these claims closely and fund them to be a distortion of facts. We believe it is necessary, even important, that those at the center of our community who stand up in support of Israel and the Jewish people and against legitimate threats to our security also be heard in rejecting allegations that are without merit, accusations that cause harm to the reputations and welfare of good and decent people.

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A letter to our Congressional delegation supporting President Obama's request for use of force in Syria

Posted on September 4, 2013 under JCRC General

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Earlier this morning we sent the following letter urging members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to support the president's request for authorization of the use of force in Syria.

Dear Senator/Congressperson,
As you return to Washington and take up consideration of President Obama’s request for congressional authorization for the use of force in Syria...

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CJP/JCRC Joint Statement Welcoming Renewal of Direct Talks in the Middle East

Posted on July 22, 2013 under Israel

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Boston's Jewish community welcomes with hope the announcement of plans to renew direct talks in the comings weeks between Israel’s government and the Palestinian leadership toward achieving a two-state peace agreement.

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City’s ties with Israel reinforced on Independence Day

Posted on April 29, 2013 under Israel

The Jewish Advocate, Ian Thal

Yom Ha’atzmaut commemoration becomes a moment to honor bombing victim.

The blue and red lights flashed on several state police vehicles parked at the side of the road on Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill, just beyomd the driveway to Congregation Mishkan Tefila, only a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.

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For Boston’s faithful, solace comes with a dose of solidarity

Posted on April 22, 2013 under JCRC General

The Times of Israel, Haviv Rettig Gur

From families welcoming in stranded runners to a synagogue giving its space to a homeless church, a sense of community has pervaded ‘after these arduous days.’

...“It’s been a very long week. It’s hard to believe it’s only been six days.” said Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston...

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Four officers from IDF meet with local non-Jewish students

Posted on April 22, 2013 under Haifa Social Justice

The Jewish Advocate, Ian Thal

Ten students at the Academy of the Pacific Rim, a public charter school in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, recently had the opportunity to meet four officers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

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Their teacher, Daniel Weintraub, a special education teacher and faculty advisor for the Model U.N. and the Human Rights Club, had traveled to Haifa in January as part of the Boston-Haifa Learning Exchange program run by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. The exchange brought a group of Boston-based activists working in social-justice issues to visit Israel. A similar group of Haifa-based activists will visit Boston.

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Boston’s ‘week of terror’ evokes Israel for Jews

Posted on April 22, 2013 under JCRC General

The Times of Israel, Matt Lebovic

BOSTON — Hundreds of Jews, Christians and Muslims packed a hall in St. Mark’s Catholic Church Sunday night, “in prayer and solidarity” following a week of terror on the city’s streets.

“So they were Muslims,” wrote Georgi Vogel Rosen, a member of Boston’s Jewish Community Relations Council, in an open letter. “[That] doesn’t change the fact that the Saudi student who was injured in the blast and tackled to the ground by a vigilante had nothing to do with the bombing...

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