The JCRC Weekly Blog

Showing Up for Ukraine

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 3, 2022 | Comments Off on Showing Up for Ukraine

When horrible things are happening in the world – like the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine; an act of territorial imperialism and an assault on the democratic determination by the Ukrainian people – I find myself looking to others to make sense of the situation for me. In despair and frustration, I may be inclined to doom-scroll and devour thought-pieces, as I do with other … Continue reading Showing Up for Ukraine »

Working Together to Confront Antisemitism

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 25, 2022 | Comments Off on Working Together to Confront Antisemitism

Before I discuss some local events this past week, allow me to express that – like so many of you – my heart and my mind are very much with Ukraine as I write this. Our Jewish community in Boston has deep connections there; I’ve been privileged to visit our sister Jewish community in Dnipro three times, including twice on solidarity missions after the Russian … Continue reading Working Together to Confront Antisemitism »

Sharing my Favorite Graphic Novels

By JCRC | Feb 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Sharing my Favorite Graphic Novels

By Jeremy Burton Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust literary classic, Maus, has been very much in the news and in our conversations. So it is somewhat serendipitous that our Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy is having a long-planned tutor training session this coming week about the treasures of graphic novels and how to best utilize them with students.  And when library teacher Liza Halley sits down … Continue reading Sharing my Favorite Graphic Novels »

Taking a Stand Against Holocaust Distortion

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Taking a Stand Against Holocaust Distortion

On Thursday we commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the global day set by the United Nations marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp on January 27, 1945.  I had the privilege a few years ago to visit Auschwitz. As anyone who has been there would tell you, the scale of the place is overwhelming. Despite everything I know and have learned … Continue reading Taking a Stand Against Holocaust Distortion »

What to Read After Colleyville

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 21, 2022 | Comments Off on What to Read After Colleyville

Like everyone in our community, I’m going into this Shabbat with the events of last Shabbat, in Colleyville, Texas, very much at the front of my mind. I find myself not having much to say that I haven’t said before; and appreciating things that have been said by several others this week.    So, here are a few pieces I’d encourage you to read this weekend, … Continue reading What to Read After Colleyville »

Relationships of obligation and accountability

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 14, 2022 | Comments Off on Relationships of obligation and accountability

With clergy at the Moakley Courthouse This past week, after much delay, Rachael Rollins was installed as the new U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. You may have seen some media in recent weeks about concerns for her personal safety, along with that of her family, in the wake of many threats she has received (an unfortunately not atypical experience for women, and women-of-color in particular, in … Continue reading Relationships of obligation and accountability »

What I’m Grateful for This Year

By Jeremy Burton | Dec 17, 2021 | Comments Off on What I’m Grateful for This Year

This being the last blog post I’m planning to write this year (we’ll be closed the next two Fridays) as well as the last blog post of my 52nd lap around the sun (Monday will be my birthday), allow me to focus for a few minutes on gratitude.  In a week that’s brought some hard news – our nation reaching 800,000 deaths from COVID – in … Continue reading What I’m Grateful for This Year »

The Story of our Community of Communities

By Jeremy Burton | Dec 10, 2021 | Comments Off on The Story of our Community of Communities

When JCRC is in the news, more often than not, it is about a public policy issue, our engagement with elected officials, or some other political process that is complex and at times even controversial. And, more often than not, when we’re in the national Jewish news, it is because of fraught processes we are engaged in about communal boundaries; who gets to sit at the table, and what politics are out of bounds. These are both accurate representations of aspects … Continue reading The Story of our Community of Communities »

Telling the True Story of a Place

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Telling the True Story of a Place

Earlier this week I sat down with one of our beloved Israel educators, Yishay Shavit. Yishay used some of his time during the pandemic – and shut-down of Israel’s tourist industry – to co-edit a fascinating collection of pieces by his guide colleagues, titled Heartbeats: The Insider’s Guide to Israel.  We had a great conversation about the publishing process, the stories in the book, and about some of … Continue reading Telling the True Story of a Place »

My Conversation with Rep. Auchincloss

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 12, 2021 | Comments Off on My Conversation with Rep. Auchincloss

Dear Friends, Earlier this week I had the privilege to sit down with Congressman Jake Auchincloss for a wide-ranging and thought-provoking conversation. We talked about Build Back Better, human services and infrastructure; rising antisemitism and the security needs of our institutions; the U.S. role in building on the success of the Abraham Accords, his efforts to strengthen economic and research partnerships between Israel and the … Continue reading My Conversation with Rep. Auchincloss »