The JCRC Weekly Blog

When Antisemitism gets a pass

By JCRC | Jun 11, 2021 | Comments Off on When Antisemitism gets a pass

A message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich: There was a joke I sometimes liked to tell when I was a therapist. A man goes to see a psychiatrist and is asked what seems to be the problem. His answer? “Doctor, I’m dead”. The psychiatrist heaves a sigh of relief, thinking, that this will be a simple delusion to correct. “Tell me”, he says to the … Continue reading When Antisemitism gets a pass »

On the other side of the wall

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 4, 2021 | Comments Off on On the other side of the wall

This past week I sat down, separately, with two of our partners in Israel, Mohammad Darawshe and Raz Shmilovich. We had asked each of them to join us to share their experiences, as an Arab and a Jew, and as Israelis, during these recent, difficult weeks. How, we wondered, do they and their neighbors think about the tensions of recent events? Mohammad Darawshe is the … Continue reading On the other side of the wall »

“Boston is different”

By Jeremy Burton | May 27, 2021 | Comments Off on “Boston is different”

One of the more meaningful moments of my career in community relations, before I moved to Boston and in my early time here, was how often I was told that when it comes to Jewish communal life, “Boston is different.” As a newbie, I took that mantra and acknowledged it. I can’t say I always believed it. I can tell you now about one way … Continue reading “Boston is different” »

Despair and Hope in Israel

By JCRC | May 13, 2021 | Comments Off on Despair and Hope in Israel

Today, at a time when we’re desperately seeking glimmers of hope, and the possibility of a peaceful future, we’re bringing you on a virtual visit with a few special Israeli and Palestinian friends, part of the Boston Partners for Peace community in this blogpost by Eli Cohn-Postell, JCRC Director of Israel Engagement: This was an excruciating week. We at JCRC have been heartbroken watching events … Continue reading Despair and Hope in Israel »

Our Jewish Communal Table

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Our Jewish Communal Table

As most of you are aware, our Council met on Tuesday night. In a four-hour long meeting, they debated and addressed a number of questions regarding who sits at our table, and the boundaries of our “big tent.” I suspect that this meeting, and the eight-months-long process that led to it, will continue to be discussed and studied in the months and years ahead. And … Continue reading Our Jewish Communal Table »

The Derek Chauvin Verdict and the Work Ahead

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 23, 2021 | Comments Off on The Derek Chauvin Verdict and the Work Ahead

On Tuesday afternoon, like so many of us, I spent an hour anxiously waiting for the Derek Chauvin verdict to be announced, after which I connected with others to share our reflections. A dear colleague shared that recently they had been feeling that if they can’t fix all the things in our world that are broken, why even try? Why not just give up amidst … Continue reading The Derek Chauvin Verdict and the Work Ahead »

Relationships that bolster our resiliency

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Relationships that bolster our resiliency

For those of us who advocate on Beacon Hill on behalf of our communities, working to advance a broad agenda of budget and legislative priorities, the past year has been exceptionally challenging. Hearings and meetings over Zoom don’t have the same tactile richness as connecting in person. A virtual legislative reception, like the one we hosted last month, doesn’t allow for the small conversations, introductions … Continue reading Relationships that bolster our resiliency »

Childhood Books that Shaped Me

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Childhood Books that Shaped Me

Moments of serendipity have been all too rare this year – yet I had one this week when I connected with a dear and trusted colleague, a faith leader in the Christian clergy, after a meeting. Our discussion led to an exchange about representations of God in science fiction. That’s an essay for another day. But, it did get me thinking about some of the … Continue reading Childhood Books that Shaped Me »

What Duxbury Needs to Teach Us

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 1, 2021 | Comments Off on What Duxbury Needs to Teach Us

Like so many of my generation of Jewish-Americans, I grew up with Holocaust survivors as a part of the fabric of my daily life. Both of my step-parents were hidden children. I had classmates whose parents had survived as teen slave-laborers in death camps. The twin sister of a leader in our synagogue endured horrific medical experiments at the hands of Josef Mengele, the infamous … Continue reading What Duxbury Needs to Teach Us »

My Greater Boston Tabernacle

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 19, 2021 | Comments Off on My Greater Boston Tabernacle

A couple of years ago, one of my closest thought-partners in the Boston interfaith space, Kathleen Patrón, lead organizer of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), asked me for my thoughts on an idea they were considering, a ‘refounding’ for GBIO. This interfaith network of some 40 congregations and faith institutions was considering pausing much of its action work to focus on growth – building relationships with … Continue reading My Greater Boston Tabernacle »