JCRC’s purpose is to define and advance the values, interests and priorities of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston in the public square.

Disability and Inclusion: Action Informed by Jewish Values


Sometimes JCRC’s friends feel a head-spinning confusion about exactly what we do – what issues we choose to address and how we define our role in the community. It strikes some as odd that at JCRC we’re doing so many seemingly disparate things: volunteer service programs in Boston, Israel study tours for legislators and clergy, …Continue reading »

It’s Complicated: An Invitation to Conversation


“It’s complicated.” Those two words enter into virtually every conversation during our Israel Engagement study tours, often to the frustration – and eventually to the bemusement – of our program participants.  We refuse to simplify the layers of history, geography, religion, narrative and identity that inform every element of understanding Israelis and Palestinians. We ask …Continue reading »

Embracing Racial Diversity in Our Jewish Communities – March 10, 2016


  Embracing Racial Diversity in Our Jewish Communities A Training for Lay Leaders, Educators, Jewish Professionals, and Clergy  Thursday, March 10, 5-8:30PM at Temple Shalom of Newton Featuring April Baskin, URJ Vice President for Audacious Hospitality The Jewish community grows more diverse through interfaith marriage, conversion, and adoption. How can we foster an organizational culture that …Continue reading »

What We Do With (and for) Others


In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King told an audience in Montgomery, Alabama, that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” At JCRC, doing for others defines our work year-round, whether it is our young adults preparing meals for the homeless or synagogue teams helping youth discover the joys of …Continue reading »

Humility and Unity


If the upcoming Presidential election is about any one thing, it is about our anxieties for the future: in a changing and dynamic world that we struggle to understand, are our families and children safe? Will our children have the quality of life that we have known? Is our nation capable of facing the potential …Continue reading »

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