The JCRC Weekly Blog

Remembering 9/11

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Remembering 9/11

The twentieth anniversary of 9/11 is a time to commemorate, as people will in places around the Commonwealth tomorrow. Over these two decades, more often than not – at least for me – the conversation this time of year has been one of sharing experience. Where were you? When did we know? Did you lose anyone? And so on. But twenty years clarifies that as … Continue reading Remembering 9/11 »

Standing in the valley

By JCRC | Aug 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Standing in the valley

A message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich: Though each season in New England has its unique pleasures (Colorful leaves! Snowshoeing! Flowers in bloom!) I must admit to loving summer most of all. Yes, I’m an unapologetic beach bum, but I also just appreciate the generally slower pace, the opportunity to get away, to read more novels and to socialize. Summer 2021 was one that began … Continue reading Standing in the valley »

Our community’s commitment to those seeking refuge

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Our community’s commitment to those seeking refuge

This was a week that challenged our capacity to absorb the horrors of the world. Like so many of you, I wanted to avert my eyes watching some of the videos coming out of Kabul. While we may have a diversity of strongly held views regarding the 20 years of U.S. presence in Afghanistan, I am reminded, once again, how deeply and broadly our Jewish community’s commitment is to those seeking refuge and asylum in our … Continue reading Our community’s commitment to those seeking refuge »

When Community Memorials Fall on Shabbat

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 12, 2021 | Comments Off on When Community Memorials Fall on Shabbat

One of the most traumatic experiences of the past decade here in Boston was the Marathon Bombing, on April 15th, 2013. I think back to the many meaningful moments of interfaith collaboration in the weeks that followed: Working with Governor Patrick’s team on the interfaith healing service with President Obama; then the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization pivoting (not the word we used in those days) … Continue reading When Community Memorials Fall on Shabbat »

Can the Olympics really be universal?

By JCRC | Jul 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Can the Olympics really be universal?

A message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich: I may be revealing my age when I share a vivid childhood memory of visiting my grandmother, of blessed memory. After a hearty meal of her delicious kasha (it was almost always kasha – her culinary repertoire was not vast) we’d settle down to watch her favorite TV program: the Lawrence Welk show. She loved the kitschy bandleader … Continue reading Can the Olympics really be universal? »

Wisdom from our partners in Israel

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Wisdom from our partners in Israel

With my friend and teacher Mohammad Darawshe, of the Givat Haviva Center for Equality and Shared Society. Yesterday I returned from 10 days of travel in Israel, made possible thanks to a CJP solidarity mission last week. I was privileged to participate and grateful that I could extend my time – when so few are fortunate enough to be able to travel – visiting with many of our … Continue reading Wisdom from our partners in Israel »

Vaccines and a Glimpse of the Divide

By JCRC | Jul 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Vaccines and a Glimpse of the Divide

A message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich: This week, testifying on behalf of JCRC at a hearing for a bill called the “Community Immunity Act,” I got a glimpse of the deeply troubling rhetoric and toxic divide plaguing our country and threatening our health as a nation. In 2019, when JCRC was first approached to support this act, the term “herd immunity” was new to … Continue reading Vaccines and a Glimpse of the Divide »

Enhancing the New England Holocaust Memorial at a Critical Time

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Enhancing the New England Holocaust Memorial at a Critical Time

L-R Governor Baker, Mayor Janey, Addison Dion (grandaughter of NEHM founder Steve Ross), Survivor Janet Singer Applefield, Jeremy Burton In 1995, Holocaust survivor Steve Ross (z”l) had a dream: to honor his family and every other victim of the Holocaust with a memorial in downtown Boston that would serve as a lesson to future generations. He brought together his Jewish and Christian neighbors and fellow … Continue reading Enhancing the New England Holocaust Memorial at a Critical Time »

The Prosperity of Our City

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 25, 2021 | Comments Off on The Prosperity of Our City

Boston has a long and vibrant Jewish history. And while the greater Boston Jewish community is now spread across the towns and cities that make up our region, the city itself has some 30,000 Jewish residents, some 4% of the population – double the national average. They are also an incredibly diverse community, spread across different neighborhoods: A 2Life senior living community and a vibrant … Continue reading The Prosperity of Our City »

Changing the Politics of What Is Possible

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Changing the Politics of What Is Possible

In the days following Sunday’s installation of the new Israeli government, I’ve been struck by the negativity of some of the ‘hot-takes’ I’ve seen and heard: “Bennett is just another right-winger.” “This coalition won’t last more than 3-months.” “This government won’t make big moves on the issue I’m passionate about.” Granted, a lot of that negativity is coming from people who are habitually negative about … Continue reading Changing the Politics of What Is Possible »