The JCRC Weekly Blog

When “Holocaust” was trending on social media this week

By JCRC | Oct 15, 2021 | Comments Off on When “Holocaust” was trending on social media this week

Our work includes priorities that we work on for months and even years at a time. We don’t let go of these concerns and we never lose our focus on them, even as we work on several things at any one time. Then there are days when something in the news reminds us why we cannot and do not lose our focus. And sometimes, there … Continue reading When “Holocaust” was trending on social media this week »

Holding Complex Relationships

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Holding Complex Relationships

Earlier this week I was doing my morning meditation, following a prompt to reflect on the reality that when someone causes harm to someone else, more likely than not, the person causing the harm moves on quickly. Meanwhile the person who was harmed continues to carry it, in the form of anger. That anger prevents us from being able to be curious about why the … Continue reading Holding Complex Relationships »

Reflecting on my decade at JCRC

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Reflecting on my decade at JCRC

Click here to watch the opening montage of JCRC Celebrates! Dear Friends, Ten years ago this very morning, I entered (what is now) the Kraft Family Building for the very first time as the new director of JCRC.  On that first morning, when I turned the corner onto High Street, waiting for me outside the building was our board chair, Bill Gabovitch, who ceremoniously held … Continue reading Reflecting on my decade at JCRC »

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 »