Criminal Justice Reform Principles

By JCRC | Sep 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Criminal Justice Reform Principles

With just 4.4% of the world’s population, the U.S. houses roughly 25% of the world’s prisoners–over 2.2 million individuals. We house 30% of the world’s population of incarcerated women.   1 in 15 black men and 1 in 36 Latino men is incarcerated, compared with 1 in 106 white men.   Over 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison.   Nearly half of all state … Continue reading Criminal Justice Reform Principles »

Caring for Elders and Adults with Disabilities

By JCRC | Sep 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Caring for Elders and Adults with Disabilities

Multiple factors influenced the decision to focus on elders and people with disabilities. Among the most common reasons are: The Jewish population is older than the national average; Our Jewish values to care for the vulnerable populations; Increased calls from caregivers and those needing services, including need for emergency food and shelter; This population is experiencing significant loss of pension and savings; The impact that … Continue reading Caring for Elders and Adults with Disabilities »

Proposed Public Policy Priority 2011-2012 Legislative Session Economic Recovery

By JCRC | Sep 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Proposed Public Policy Priority 2011-2012 Legislative Session Economic Recovery

The country is recovering from the worst and longest recession since the 1930s. States have seen a significant reduction in tax receipts and have had to make drastic cuts to make up for the lost revenue. The Federal government has implemented a number of programs to aid states, but many have been delayed, reduced, or have already been expended. Recognizing state and federal government’s role … Continue reading Proposed Public Policy Priority 2011-2012 Legislative Session Economic Recovery »

JCRC Policy Statement on Vaccination

By JCRC | Sep 1, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Policy Statement on Vaccination

Case Statement[1] The development and use of vaccinations have been one of the most significant achievements in public health in human history. Many diseases that resulted in widespread suffering and death have been eradicated by the regular use and accessibility of vaccines. Vaccines “trick” the immune system into thinking an infection has occurred. The immune system then attacks the vaccine’s harmless pathogen and protects the body … Continue reading JCRC Policy Statement on Vaccination »

JCRC Comment Regarding petition Challenging the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s Membership in our Council

By JCRC | Aug 31, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Comment Regarding petition Challenging the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s Membership in our Council

August 31, 2020  JCRC has received a petition signed by representatives of seven member organizations and a total of twenty-one members of our Council proposing the removal of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) as a member organization of the JCRC. The letter, in its details, charges that there is “a history of rhetoric” used by the president of the ZOA “that crosses into racist and xenophobic territory” and … Continue reading JCRC Comment Regarding petition Challenging the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s Membership in our Council »

JCRC Statement Welcoming Normalization of Ties Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

By JCRC | Aug 19, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement Welcoming Normalization of Ties Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

The JCRC of Greater Boston welcomes this last week’s announcement that Israel and the United Arab Emirates will move to normalize diplomatic relations. We offer our congratulations and thanks to President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahlan. We hope that this development can serve as a launchpad for further progress toward peace for Israel, the surrounding Arab States, and … Continue reading JCRC Statement Welcoming Normalization of Ties Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates »

JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

By JCRC | Jul 31, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Last night, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted House Bill 4606 “An Act Relative to the Penalties for the crime of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)”. Governor Baker will have 10 days to sign the bill. FGM is defined by the World Health Organization as removal of all or part of a girls’ healthy sex organs and surrounding tissue for non-medical reasons, often resulting in serious … Continue reading JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation »

JCRC Applauds MA Senate for Unanimously Passing New Law Requiring Genocide Education, Bill Moves to House of Representatives

By JCRC | Jul 30, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds MA Senate for Unanimously Passing New Law Requiring Genocide Education, Bill Moves to House of Representatives

Earlier today, the Massachusetts State Senate voted unanimously to pass a Genocide Education Bill that if passed, will provide all students in Massachusetts public schools the opportunity to learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust and other genocides throughout human history, as well as the factors which led to their being committed. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston recognizes lead sponsor Senator Michael … Continue reading JCRC Applauds MA Senate for Unanimously Passing New Law Requiring Genocide Education, Bill Moves to House of Representatives »

Glimmers of hope in dark times

By JCRC | Jun 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Glimmers of hope in dark times

This Friday, a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. This week has been painful for us at JCRC. Due to the COVID-related economic crisis, we made the excruciating decision to suspend programs we value, and to lay off staff we cherish. Afterward, we gathered together as a team to reflect and to mourn. One of the staff members who will be leaving us asked if … Continue reading Glimmers of hope in dark times »

Racial Justice Priorities

By JCRC | Jun 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Racial Justice Priorities

Now is a moment for decisive action from the Jewish community on police reform. In response to calls from our allies in the Black community, including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council President Kim Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell, and members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus, JCRC endorsed five points to create meaningful reform. We will continue to engage with our partners at … Continue reading Racial Justice Priorities »