Category Archives: Holidays

Is This Seder Different from All Others?

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 decided to write about the experience as well.

Here’s a taste of what I wrote:

Excerpted from TheJewishAdvocate.com

Each haggadah took the traditional 10 plagues and added a modern interpretation, whether ADL’s “prejudice, racism and homophobia,” JLC’s “teaching violence, neglect of human needs, and fomenting vice” or AJC’s “antidotes to plagues of our time” including “equality, coexistence and democracy.”

Each reading called upon personal testimony from participants to make the same essential point: that we honor the Passover experience by connecting ourselves to the struggles of our own time and that Jewish memory, rooted in Egypt and Exodus, binds us to all who are strangers, downtrodden, overlooked and ignored in our world today.

I hope you’ll take the time to read my entire column in this week’s The Jewish Advocate.

As most of us prepare to celebrate a seder of our own tonight – whether it’s your first of the season, your fourth, or something in between – I hope you’ll join me in considering a simple idea that sits at the center of JCRC’s work in the public square: that our Jewish experiences, along with our connection to communities around us, shapes our perceptions of the issues our world faces today and enables us to understand what we must do to meet those challenges.

Wishing you a joyous Passover and a meaningful Seder,
Jeremy

Light up your holidays with JCRC’s match

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Jews worldwide will gather tonight around their menorahs to light the Chanukah candles and commemorate the miracle of the oil. Latkes will be eaten, presents will be exchanged, dreidels will be spun. And, thanks to all of our donors, lives will be changed.

During the Festival of Lights, and continuing through December 31, your gift to JCRC will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $5,000, due to the generosity of one of our donors. Just like the oil, your tax-deductible donation can help us do more.

 

Please don’t let this gift match opportunity pass you by. In partnership with our Council's 42 member organizations, the interfaith community and our state and local civic leaders, and with your generous support, JCRC is able to have impact throughout Greater Boston in areas as diverse as childhood literacy, gun violence legislation, and Israel engagement.

You may also call 617-457-8650 to donate by phone. If you previously donated, I thank you for your support.

Wishing you a Happy Chanukah and a joyous holiday season.

Best,
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Jeremy Burton
Executive Director, JCRC

Opportunity to Double Your Impact Extended!

Thank you for joining JCRC and the entire #GivingTuesday community yesterday to kick-off the giving season!  It was a great start but we can do so much more.

Previously, we announced that a generous donor had agreed to match contributions made on #GivingTuesday up to $5,000. Due to the donor’s generosity, the matching offer has been extended until the end of the year - ALL donations made before midnight on December 31st will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $5,000!

If you missed your chance yesterday, please consider making a contribution to JCRC this month so we may fully realize this opportunity.

In partnership with our Council's 42 member organizations, the interfaith community and our state and local civic leaders, and with your generous support, JCRC is able to have impact throughout Greater Boston in areas as diverse as childhood literacy, gun violence legislation, and Israel engagement.

Don’t let this exciting opportunity to double YOUR impact pass you by.

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Did you know JCRC can receive donations through the AmazonSmile program? On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. From then on, when you shop at smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmileFoundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to JCRC. Could there be an easier way to do more?

Wishing you a sweet and happy New Year from JCRC!

Looking ahead to a vibrant 5775!

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Over the past year, we've been fortunate to work with a talented and invested community toward our goal of defining and advancing the values of our community in the public square.

We look forward to a new year full of exciting work together, and we hope you'll join us, either by taking an active role in shaping our shared future, or by making a tax-deductible gift to support our work.

L'Shana Tova!

Jill Goldenberg
President, JCRC

Jeremy Burton
Executive Director, JCRC