In the sacred Mishna it is taught that Rabbi Tarfon used to say: “Ours is not to complete the task, nor are we free to desist from it.” This past Monday night, we gathered for With Gratitude: An Evening of Volunteer Appreciation, an inspiring night to thank our dedicated volunteer leaders for their boundless commitment to JCRC and our community. We celebrated the successes of … Continue reading Partners In Leadership
Anyone who has traveled in or out of Boston on the Pike has undoubtedly seen the Stop Handgun Violence billboard near Fenway Park that records and tallies daily American gun deaths since the 2012 Newtown shootings. Earlier this week, the number on the iconic billboard surpassed 75,000 (an estimate based on an average 83 gun deaths per day). That is 75,000 Americans killed by guns … Continue reading Gun Violence Bill is Only a Start
As the details of the State Budget are being debated on Beacon Hill, I am reminded that it is often said that laws are like sausages: it is better not to see them being made. I disagree – and not just because I am a vegetarian or because there is an inference that both are made from pork! In fact, to stretch this analogy a … Continue reading What’s Cooking in Our Advocacy Work?
With the 117th running of the Boston Marathon this week, I imagine I was not alone in feeling grateful to celebrate Patriots’ Day as a return to a community wide gathering of support for thousands of runners, from elite athletes to average people taking on the Herculean task of completing the 26.2 mile course, this year in the wind and rain. And yet, as for … Continue reading Boston Strong: Realizing the Vision
This week we commemorated Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Though the event was widely covered in the local press, not included in that coverage was a private moment I’d like to share with you; one that’s stayed with me all week. After the public ceremony at Faneuil Hall and the New England Holocaust Memorial, our keynote speaker, David Eisenhower, historian and grandson of General Dwight … Continue reading The Courage to Tell and Retell
I read with interest a recent Boston Globe article that explored issues regarding the burden that some non-profits experience when well-meaning volunteers donate time that, well, may not be needed. The article made me pause to reflect on the work that JCRC does in the community. Are our volunteers having the impact we hope for? To address my concern I sought out leaders from our … Continue reading Reaching Out Beyond Mitzvah Days
Those of you who follow me on social media know that over the past week I had the pleasure of attending Passover sedarim hosted by three of our member organizations; AJC, ADL and the Jewish Labor Committee. I Facebooked, Instragrammed and Tweeted from each of them but since many folks aren’t on those platforms, I decided to write about the experience as well. Here’s a … Continue reading Is This Seder Different from All Others?
I’ve been sharing quite a bit of analysis of Israel’s elections this week. What I haven’t been sharing are the notes in my inbox and the calls I’ve received from members of the pro-Israel Jewish community here in Boston. Many of you are applauding Prime Minister Netanyahu’s victory; others are distressed by the direction Israel appears to be taking. Some of you express your deep … Continue reading We are a Great Cloud of Witnesses
I hope that the little burst of warmer weather that hit the area on Wednesday was a welcome reminder that even this brutal winter will end and that spring is just seven days away. And if spring and Passover are on the horizon, then JCRC’s yearly celebration cannot be far behind! This year’s JCRC Celebrates (look for details soon) will focus on “Generations of Service,” … Continue reading Honoring Commitment to Service
A version of this message was sent to JCRC’s Council today. The end of this month will bring a deadline for presenting the framework of a diplomatic agreement on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. I don’t need to tell you that the next several weeks are a critical moment for us to make our voices heard. Right now it is vital that every member of our Congressional delegation … Continue reading Keep Congress focused on the Iranian nuclear challenge