The JCRC Weekly Blog

Creating Space

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

This Sunday we will observe the fast of Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the lunar month of Av, on which we commemorate the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago.  I have no doubt, especially this year, that you will be inundated with various messages concerning this day, the tradition that “the Temple was destroyed because of Sin’at Chinam (gratuitous … Continue reading Creating Space »

Hey JCRC, How Did You Decide To Do That?!

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last week we publicly celebrated the Massachusetts legislature’s agreement to increase the state’s share of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (a refundable tax credit to help low-income workers, particularly those with children) in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.  Upon seeing that news, you may have wondered, how did JCRC decide to make a statement recognizing this accomplishment, and more generally, how does JCRC decide when … Continue reading Hey JCRC, How Did You Decide To Do That?! »

Independence for All? A Message from Our Associate Director

By JCRC | Jul 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just as our Executive Director Jeremy Burton left for his much-deserved vacation, we had a full taste of summer in the form of July 4th celebrations, back yard barbeques, fireworks, and almost-warm swims in the lake. After all, what better time to celebrate summer than Independence Day weekend? This year, as we gathered around the fire pit to make s’mores and watch the local fireworks, … Continue reading Independence for All? A Message from Our Associate Director »

Self Righteous Simplicity in a Complex World

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

I need to tell you that I’m angry as I write this.   By now you’ve probably heard the news that the United Church of Christ (UCC) voted on Tuesday at their national synod to divest from companies that “profit from the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the state of Israel.” In the same vote, they called to boycott goods produced in Israeli settlements.   … Continue reading Self Righteous Simplicity in a Complex World »

Meeting the Moment

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

My grandmother, Sarah Faust Burton, was a proud Southern Presbyterian woman who moved from North Carolina to Indiana to build a life with her Jewish husband. Years after her passing, my grandfather encouraged me to embrace a heritage including our family connection to groups like the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. While at first I found his enthusiasm baffling, … Continue reading Meeting the Moment »

Daring to Dream

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m writing this week’s message from Dnepropetrovsk as I prepare to make my way back to Boston, after spending a week representing the Boston Jewish community on an important Jewish Federations of North America mission. I hope you’ve been following my posts throughout the trip on Facebook. I’ll admit, I’ve been struggling with what to take away from my third visit to this community I’ve … Continue reading Daring to Dream »

Examining the Continuing Crisis in Ukraine

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

This Sunday, I will be flying to Ukraine to represent CJP and the Boston Jewish community on an important Jewish Federations of North America mission.  We make this visit in the second year of an ongoing crisis that has not abated. The economy there is struggling, with inflation at about 40%. Tensions continue with Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine continues to work toward building an … Continue reading Examining the Continuing Crisis in Ukraine »

The Backbone of JCRC

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

I think of myself as one of the luckiest people in the world. I have the amazing privilege of working at an organization that deeply connects with my sense of purpose. It is my conviction that amongst the more urgent tasks we face as a Jewish people is to participate actively in the great public conversations of our time, to connect with other communities, and … Continue reading The Backbone of JCRC »

Answering the Call to Honor Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

By Jeremy Burton | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

This coming Wednesday, June 3, will mark the one year anniversary of the terrorist kidnapping and brutal murders of Eyal Ifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel. It is painful to look back at that day, to recall the hope we had for their safe return, and our profound grief at their loss. How innocent we may now think we were to not have foreseen all the challenges of the … Continue reading Answering the Call to Honor Eyal, Gilad and Naftali »

Our First Fruits

By Jeremy Burton | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today as Americans, we head into a long holiday weekend as we mark Memorial Day and honor all those who gave their lives in defense of our nation and our national values. As Jews, we also will celebrate Shavuot and the receiving of the Torah at Sinai. As Passover tells the story of our delivery from slavery, Shavuot reveals the meaning of our redemption, as … Continue reading Our First Fruits »