Statement from the JCRC of Greater Boston following Council Meeting of April 27, 2021

By JCRC | Apr 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Statement from the JCRC of Greater Boston following Council Meeting of April 27, 2021

After a seven-month process culminating in a vote tonight, the membership of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston has rejected the petition to remove the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) from the Council. The vote was 40 to expel, 48 against (with 10 abstentions). In order for the vote to pass, JCRC bylaws required a two-thirds majority of the members present. In a … Continue reading Statement from the JCRC of Greater Boston following Council Meeting of April 27, 2021 »

Message Upon the Guilty Verdict for Derek Chauvin

By JCRC | Apr 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Message Upon the Guilty Verdict for Derek Chauvin

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston joins with our partners in welcoming the accountability that comes with the conviction of Derek Chauvin. No verdict will bring George Floyd back or make his family and friends whole for their loss. There is still much more work to do to confront systemic racism. JCRC will continue to work with our partners to advocate for systemic … Continue reading Message Upon the Guilty Verdict for Derek Chauvin »

What’s on my nightstand

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 18, 2021 | Comments Off on What’s on my nightstand

When I’m looking for a respite from the noise of the day, I withdraw into the comfort of reading. I try to finish at least two books every week, and often have as many as five or eight open at any one time. This week, I thought that I’d share with you what’s currently on my bedside table: AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY; 250 YEARS OF STRUGGLE & … Continue reading What’s on my nightstand »

An Attack on Our Democracy: Statement from JCRC of Greater Boston

By JCRC | Jan 7, 2021 | Comments Off on An Attack on Our Democracy: Statement from JCRC of Greater Boston

Today is a sad day for our nation. The U.S. Capitol was overrun by rioters who, for a short while, disrupted the function of our democratic process of transition. This interference with the tallying of the Electoral vote is an assault on the very foundations of our democracy, unprecedented in our nation’s history.   Guided by our mission to “promote an American society which is … Continue reading An Attack on Our Democracy: Statement from JCRC of Greater Boston »

JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership

By JCRC | Dec 30, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership

The Jewish Community Relations Council recognizes House Speaker Robert DeLeo on the occasion of his resignation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Speaker and his exemplary staff always had an open door to the Jewish community. He was as comfortable in Jewish spaces as he was in his community of Winthrop, which he represented for almost 30 years. He was always the first to … Continue reading JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership »

JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights

By JCRC | Nov 19, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) welcomes the Senate budget, which maintains funding for the crucial services and programs long championed by our community. JCRC’s budget advocacy has long been focused on securing funds prioritized by Jewish communal social service partners for critical human services. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a financial crunch on service providers throughout the Jewish and broader community. The public … Continue reading JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights »

Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden

By JCRC | Nov 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden

On behalf of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston, we join with millions of Americans in congratulating former Vice-President Joseph Biden upon his election as the next President of the United States. We also congratulate Senator Kamala Harris on her historic election as our next Vice-President. This is a moment that has been generations in the making and is one that will inspire generations … Continue reading Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden »

JCRC Applauds House Proposal for Crucial Funding in Budget

By JCRC | Nov 5, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds House Proposal for Crucial Funding in Budget

Earlier today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives released its Fiscal Year 2021 budget blueprint, setting up debate for next week. This budget proposal, typically debated through the Spring, was delayed as state leaders assessed the needs emerging from Covid-19 and the resulting economic crisis. The Jewish Community Relations Council welcomes this budget, which maintains funding for the crucial services and programs long championed by our … Continue reading JCRC Applauds House Proposal for Crucial Funding in Budget »

Election Preparedness Strategies Guide for Houses of Worship

By JCRC | Oct 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Election Preparedness Strategies Guide for Houses of Worship

From the Massachusetts Council of Churches, Black Ministerial Alliance, Jewish Community Relations Council and Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center: We know this election season is a time of increasing anxiety. Religious leaders in Massachusetts are working with civic leaders to be prepared for safe and secure voting, the free exercise of first amendment rights, and safety for vulnerable communities. We are also planning for … Continue reading Election Preparedness Strategies Guide for Houses of Worship »

Statement by Board President Regarding Membership Process

By JCRC | Sep 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Statement by Board President Regarding Membership Process

For Release: September 25, 2020   Statement by Stacey Bloom, Board President, JCRC of Greater Boston   In recent weeks, various parties and community members have reached out to express an opinion to JCRC in both public and private communications, about ZOA’s continued membership on the JCRC Council. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the professional leadership of the JCRC, I want to … Continue reading Statement by Board President Regarding Membership Process »