The JCRC Weekly Blog

Addressing the Many Layers of Gun Violence

By JCRC | Jun 3, 2022 | Comments Off on Addressing the Many Layers of Gun Violence

I was away last week taking a short respite, for which I am grateful – I unplugged from work, email, and social media in an attempt to filter out the world. In the days before I stepped away, we were all grappling with the horrific white supremacist assault in Buffalo that took 10 lives. I thought I might come back and share some additional reflections … Continue reading Addressing the Many Layers of Gun Violence »

We Invite You to Listen

By JCRC | May 20, 2022 | Comments Off on We Invite You to Listen

Earlier this week I sat down with Ikhlas Ishtaya and Tal Kfir Schurr, two members of the Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF), a joint Israeli-Palestinian community of some 600 families who’ve lost immediate loved ones to the ongoing conflict. This is one of the organizations that we support, amplify, and learn from through our Boston Partners for Peace initiative.   Ikhlas lives in the Nablus … Continue reading We Invite You to Listen »

The Debate over Reproductive Rights – A Jewish Perspective

By JCRC | May 12, 2022 | Comments Off on The Debate over Reproductive Rights – A Jewish Perspective

Of all the issues that have come up in interfaith dialogue during my career, none has been more fraught, more unbridgeable, than when we have discussed differences across faiths about reproductive freedom, i.e. abortion. There are ministers and priests with whom I am in deep partnership on other issues or have found some shared recognition of our different narratives; but still, we are unable to … Continue reading The Debate over Reproductive Rights – A Jewish Perspective »

The Last Living Link

By JCRC | Apr 28, 2022 | Comments Off on The Last Living Link

This is a week of remembrance. It started on Sunday with the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. As I write this on Thursday morning, we mark Yom Ha’Shoah v’laGevurah (Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day). Established by Israel’s Knesset in 1951, it is a time for us to gather and remember the six million Jews who were killed in the Shoah (and is differentiated from International … Continue reading The Last Living Link »

Holding Hope for Peace

By JCRC | Apr 8, 2022 | Comments Off on Holding Hope for Peace

On Thursday afternoon we had the honor to host – together with CJP & the Israeli Consulate – His Excellency, Michael Herzog, Ambassador of Israel to the United States, on his first visit to a U.S. city outside of Washington since assuming office this past November. Barely an hour before some fifty diverse community leaders gathered at our office for a candid discussion about the … Continue reading Holding Hope for Peace »

Walking in the World Together

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 25, 2022 | Comments Off on Walking in the World Together

I always take note when one of my weekly posts seems to have struck a chord and last week’s blog, about fatigue and resilience, clearly did for many of you. This week, I’d like to tell you a story about our community’s support of the Ukrainian people, one that I’m holding closely going into Shabbat; since for me, it speaks to the very heart of what … Continue reading Walking in the World Together »

Finding Resilience Through the Fatigue

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 18, 2022 | Comments Off on Finding Resilience Through the Fatigue

I’m hearing fatigue lately, in many conversations I’m having; and, if I’m honest, feeling it in myself.  Fatigue that makes me want to turn off the news as the Russian assault on Ukraine enters its fourth week and as the horrors on our news feeds seem to only increase by the day (the AP’s reporting out of Mariupol this week, including children being buried in … Continue reading Finding Resilience Through the Fatigue »

Our Legislative Work: Nonprofit Security, Aid for Ukraine, and more

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Our Legislative Work: Nonprofit Security, Aid for Ukraine, and more

It’s been a busy week for us on Beacon Hill, as most are. And as is often the case, unless you follow our social media closely, important updates can easily slip by. So as we come off of our JCRC/Mass. Association of Jewish Federations legislative reception just last night, allow me to draw your attention, briefly, to a few other items of interest this week.  … Continue reading Our Legislative Work: Nonprofit Security, Aid for Ukraine, and more »

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 »