The JCRC Weekly Blog

What Makes A Jewish Issue Our Issue?

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last week the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) ranked the top 25 Jewish influencers on Twitter. Noting that the list included only three women, I wrote a column expressing concern about inclusion and gender in the Jewish community. On Tuesday, JTA’s editor-in-chief, Andrew Silow-Carroll, wrote an extended and thoughtful response. His conclusion:“We agree with Burton’s overarching message. The Jewish community still has a lot to do … Continue reading What Makes A Jewish Issue Our Issue? »

JTA’s Twitter List is a Wake Up Call on Inclusion

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

To mark the tenth anniversary of Twitter this week, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) published a list of the top 25 “most influential people on Jewish Twitter.” There’s a lot to like about this list: I follow almost all these people, respect many of them, and consider some to be good friends. But there are also some serious problems that the list brings up (full … Continue reading JTA’s Twitter List is a Wake Up Call on Inclusion »

With Thunderous Applause

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was reminded this week of a scene in one of the classic science-fiction Star Wars movies: A craven politician has sown revolts and terror, and has encouraged fear in the populace. At the opportune moment, he comes before the senate and announces that in order to ensure continued security, the republic will be reorganized as a galactic empire. Amidst the applause, the camera pans … Continue reading With Thunderous Applause »

Dilemmas in a Dark Moment

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

In 2012, when Barney Frank decided to leave Congress, JCRC organized a candidates’ forum with the Democratic and Republican candidates running to succeed him. We heard from a few people in our community who objected to our engagement with one of the candidates who held strong views on a range of issues in opposition to stances taken by JCRC. We took that opportunity to remind our … Continue reading Dilemmas in a Dark Moment »

A Demand of Those Who Seek the Presidency

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the many disappointing aspects of this year’s Presidential campaign has been the lack of a serious discourse on foreign affairs. I’m not naïve. For understandable reasons, the anxieties of Americans about our economy, our future, and our security are driving the debate and dominating the discourse. But a President has an extraordinary responsibility to guide U.S. interests in the world, to use our … Continue reading A Demand of Those Who Seek the Presidency »

Leadership for a Disillusioned Nation

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

Barring an unforeseen and seismic shift, sometime this month we will know who the presumptive nominees for President are. As the director of a non-partisan, issue oriented non-profit, it’s not my place to endorse a candidate or to advocate a partisan approach to this election. So allow me instead to share some thoughts on this week’s Torah portion. Our story picks up following the events … Continue reading Leadership for a Disillusioned Nation »

The Power to Change Lives

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Well before I ever thought I would end up in Boston, one of the many things I admired about our Jewish community was how we responded to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When the national Jewish community raised tens of millions of dollars to rebuild Jewish institutions on the Gulf Coast, Boston was among the first to ask the question: “How can … Continue reading The Power to Change Lives »

Honoring Women In Leadership

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

As many of you know, JCRC’s raison d’etre to bring the values and priorities of the organized Jewish community into the broader civic conversation in Massachusetts. Whether we are providing volunteer service, engaging public leaders with Israel, or advocating on issues of concern to us, we’re connecting our community with the public square and taking action about what matters to us. Next Thursday we’ll do … Continue reading Honoring Women In Leadership »

My Times of Israel Blog: Despair Misdirected and the Danger to Israel Therein

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sometimes I get so worked up about something that instead of using my writing time for my Friday blog post, I go in another direction. This week, I started writing my Friday blog post, reacting to Tom Friedman’s latest New York Times column. I ended up with the piece below, which was posted yesterday on the Times of Israel blogs. I welcome your thoughts. Reading New York Times pundit … Continue reading My Times of Israel Blog: Despair Misdirected and the Danger to Israel Therein »

Disability and Inclusion: Action Informed by Jewish Values

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sometimes JCRC’s friends feel a head-spinning confusion about exactly what we do – what issues we choose to address and how we define our role in the community. It strikes some as odd that at JCRC we’re doing so many seemingly disparate things: volunteer service programs in Boston, Israel study tours for legislators and clergy, synagogue organizing to address gun violence, lobbying on the human … Continue reading Disability and Inclusion: Action Informed by Jewish Values »