The JCRC Weekly Blog

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 »

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 »