The JCRC Weekly Blog

Breaking Our Patterns

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

So here’s a frightening thought: This weekend brings the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul.  The end of summer is on the horizon and with it the end of vacations, a return to schools, legislatures going back into session, and for Boston – dare I say it – a start to preparing for the coming winter.Elul also brings an opportunity for reflection. This month is … Continue reading Breaking Our Patterns »

Generations of Service

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

One thing we often lose sight of as we grapple with and debate the dilemmas of the moment is the Jewish historical continuum; the links in a chain that go back thousands of years and that connect us to future eras.  The interconnectedness of generations to each other, the ways in which we hold a responsibility to past and future, and how we transmit our … Continue reading Generations of Service »

Finding Comfort by Facing Our Fears

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

One of the challenges of a weekly deadline post is that I write something a day or two ahead, it gets vetted, edited, formatted, and then gets published on Friday. In between that writing moment – usually by Thursday morning – and that sending moment, things happen. Usually they don’t profoundly alter my state and balance, but sometimes… The last thirty-six hours have brought an … Continue reading Finding Comfort by Facing Our Fears »

Creating Space

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

This Sunday we will observe the fast of Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the lunar month of Av, on which we commemorate the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago.  I have no doubt, especially this year, that you will be inundated with various messages concerning this day, the tradition that “the Temple was destroyed because of Sin’at Chinam (gratuitous … Continue reading Creating Space »

Hey JCRC, How Did You Decide To Do That?!

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last week we publicly celebrated the Massachusetts legislature’s agreement to increase the state’s share of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (a refundable tax credit to help low-income workers, particularly those with children) in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.  Upon seeing that news, you may have wondered, how did JCRC decide to make a statement recognizing this accomplishment, and more generally, how does JCRC decide when … Continue reading Hey JCRC, How Did You Decide To Do That?! »

Independence for All? A Message from Our Associate Director

By JCRC | Jul 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just as our Executive Director Jeremy Burton left for his much-deserved vacation, we had a full taste of summer in the form of July 4th celebrations, back yard barbeques, fireworks, and almost-warm swims in the lake. After all, what better time to celebrate summer than Independence Day weekend? This year, as we gathered around the fire pit to make s’mores and watch the local fireworks, … Continue reading Independence for All? A Message from Our Associate Director »

Self Righteous Simplicity in a Complex World

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

I need to tell you that I’m angry as I write this.   By now you’ve probably heard the news that the United Church of Christ (UCC) voted on Tuesday at their national synod to divest from companies that “profit from the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the state of Israel.” In the same vote, they called to boycott goods produced in Israeli settlements.   … Continue reading Self Righteous Simplicity in a Complex World »

Meeting the Moment

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

My grandmother, Sarah Faust Burton, was a proud Southern Presbyterian woman who moved from North Carolina to Indiana to build a life with her Jewish husband. Years after her passing, my grandfather encouraged me to embrace a heritage including our family connection to groups like the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. While at first I found his enthusiasm baffling, … Continue reading Meeting the Moment »

Daring to Dream

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m writing this week’s message from Dnepropetrovsk as I prepare to make my way back to Boston, after spending a week representing the Boston Jewish community on an important Jewish Federations of North America mission. I hope you’ve been following my posts throughout the trip on Facebook. I’ll admit, I’ve been struggling with what to take away from my third visit to this community I’ve … Continue reading Daring to Dream »

Examining the Continuing Crisis in Ukraine

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

This Sunday, I will be flying to Ukraine to represent CJP and the Boston Jewish community on an important Jewish Federations of North America mission.  We make this visit in the second year of an ongoing crisis that has not abated. The economy there is struggling, with inflation at about 40%. Tensions continue with Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine continues to work toward building an … Continue reading Examining the Continuing Crisis in Ukraine »