The JCRC Weekly Blog

Building a more just Commonwealth

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Building a more just Commonwealth

When we celebrated JCRC’s 75th anniversary last year, we marveled anew at the forethought of the founding fathers (yes, they were all men at the time) in recognizing the need to form what we now call the “organized Jewish community, by founding an umbrella institution  “for the purpose of acting in unity in matters relating to civic protection” for the community. And every year at … Continue reading Building a more just Commonwealth »

Building a Coalition for Peace

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Building a Coalition for Peace

Photo from one of Boston Partners for Peace’s partner organizations, Roots-Shorashim-Judur This week, a joint message from Executive Director Jeremy Burton and Director of Israel Engagement Eli Cohn-Postell: In the two weeks since President Trump released his administration’s framework for negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, reactions have exposed the pre-existing divides in our discourse about the region and about the way forward. This may be … Continue reading Building a Coalition for Peace »

Our Urgent Need to Sustain Faith in Democracy

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Our Urgent Need to Sustain Faith in Democracy

With all the attention given to this week’s fiasco of reporting results in Iowa, I find that I can’t let go of a recent report from the University of Cambridge’s Center for the Future of Democracy that — for the first time — “a majority of Americans (55 percent) are dissatisfied with [our] system of government.” In an article, Yascha Mounk and Roberto Foa (co-author … Continue reading Our Urgent Need to Sustain Faith in Democracy »

How the Memory of the Holocaust Lives On

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 30, 2020 | Comments Off on How the Memory of the Holocaust Lives On

Photo taken last summer during my visit to Auschwitz Last summer, I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi extermination camp in Poland that was liberated this week 75 years ago, on January 27, 1945. All my reading and studies could not prepare me for the sheer scope of this place, where around 100,000 prisoners were held at any time (that’s nearly the population of Cambridge, MA, where … Continue reading How the Memory of the Holocaust Lives On »

My Testimony for Today’s Safe Communities Act Hearing

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 24, 2020 | Comments Off on My Testimony for Today’s Safe Communities Act Hearing

JCRC will be testifying at the State House today in support of the Safe Communities Act, which would protect basic rights for immigrants by ensuring that police do not ask about immigration status and creating standards for law enforcement interactions with ICE. Recently, JCRC organized a letter from MA rabbis to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, urging passage of the act. … Continue reading My Testimony for Today’s Safe Communities Act Hearing »

For American Jews: A Time To Vote

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 16, 2020 | Comments Off on For American Jews: A Time To Vote

With 2020 primary voting finally upon us in just a few weeks, and Israel’s unprecedented third round of elections coming up in six weeks, I want to draw your attention to another election that begins next week: the American Jewish vote for the 38th World Zionist Congress. Though this election, which begins on Tuesday, has generated noticeably less buzz, it represents an important opportunity for … Continue reading For American Jews: A Time To Vote »

On being a force for good

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 10, 2020 | Comments Off on On being a force for good

“Stars of Hope” painted by teens on JCRC’s MLK Day of Service On Monday I had the honor of joining Governor Baker as he signed legislation releasing an additional $1 million in funding for non-profit security grants; a budget item that we at JCRC have prioritized. Afterward, a member of the press asked me if I was “happy” to be at the State House for … Continue reading On being a force for good »

How the Jewish community can respond to antisemitism – with agency

By JCRC | Jan 3, 2020 | Comments Off on How the Jewish community can respond to antisemitism – with agency

This Friday, a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. During my first career as a psychotherapist, I worked with people recovering from trauma. Though the details varied from case to case, my focus was supporting each person to face the reality of what she or he had endured, to know in their hearts that they had not caused it, and to marshal the resources needed … Continue reading How the Jewish community can respond to antisemitism – with agency »

It’s Not The Jews’ Job To Figure Out How To Stop Anti-Semitism. It’s Yours.

By Jeremy Burton | Dec 31, 2019 | Comments Off on It’s Not The Jews’ Job To Figure Out How To Stop Anti-Semitism. It’s Yours.

The Middle Game

By JCRC | Dec 20, 2019 | Comments Off on The Middle Game

This month’s JCRC Study Tour for Elected Officials at the Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem From JCRC Director of Israel Engagement, Eli Cohn-Postell: A game of chess is played in three phases. The opening moves set the stage for the drama to come. Most of the direct action comes in the middle game, where pieces are traded and sacrifices are made. By the end … Continue reading The Middle Game »