The JCRC Weekly Blog

One Clear Winner in Tuesday’s Primary

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 4, 2020 | Comments Off on One Clear Winner in Tuesday’s Primary

Over the past months, I’ve used this space to focus quite a bit on the primary to succeed Rep. Joe Kennedy in the House. As I write this on Thursday afternoon, ballots are still being counted. And while it may take a little longer to have a declared Democratic nominee in this race, there’s one clear winner that emerged even before they started counting the … Continue reading One Clear Winner in Tuesday’s Primary »

Back to School: This Fall’s Quandary

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Back to School: This Fall’s Quandary

It’s hard to imagine a time when the phrase “Back-to-School” elicited as much angst and debate as it has this summer. Schools are still in the process of finalizing their plans for the start of the school year, with major uncertainty ahead. Families, daycares, and schools throughout Massachusetts are balancing the physical safety of students, teachers, and staff with the social, emotional, and learning needs … Continue reading Back to School: This Fall’s Quandary »

Why the UAE Agreement Matters

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Why the UAE Agreement Matters

Last week brought the welcome news of the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.   I’m taken aback and frankly disappointed that this development has not been fully celebrated in all quarters here in the U.S. That may be, in some part, due to how we overwhelmed we are by domestic concerns right now, or maybe because of our fractured political times and the key role that our current administration played in facilitating this agreement.  It would be regrettable if we chose to ignore … Continue reading Why the UAE Agreement Matters »

Make a Plan of Who to Vote For

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Make a Plan of Who to Vote For

With the Massachusetts primary just over two weeks away and with voting already started, I am asked every day by friends and colleagues: “Who are you voting for, and why?” It’s a fair question. Given my work, I have the privilege of meeting and engaging with almost every leading candidate in each cycle, in our region’s congressional and state races. But this is not a … Continue reading Make a Plan of Who to Vote For »

The most powerful non-violent tool

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 7, 2020 | Comments Off on The most powerful non-violent tool

I often say that good policy comes from good process. When it comes to the effective functioning of a healthy democracy, good process starts with an engaged electorate that votes. I’ll keep this one brief because I know you don’t need to be persuaded: In times of crisis and in times of calm, there is no more sacred task than voting. It is, quite simply, … Continue reading The most powerful non-violent tool »

What we’re reading – and listening to – this summer

By JCRC | Jul 30, 2020 | Comments Off on What we’re reading – and listening to – this summer

We’re turning this week’s blog over to our staff—we asked them to create a Summer Reading List full of books and podcasts they love. Here are their recommendations: Nahma Nadich Bakari Seller’s new memoir chronicles his life growing up “country” in Denmark South Carolina, where he made history by defeating an incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the state legislature and the youngest … Continue reading What we’re reading – and listening to – this summer »

Lessons from the Legacy of John Lewis

By JCRC | Jul 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Lessons from the Legacy of John Lewis

My autographed copy of John Lewis’ memoir   This week, a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich: Though I knew that Congressman John Lewis was suffering from pancreatic cancer, I still reacted to the news of his death with surprised tears. Given all that he had endured through his blessedly long life and the countless times he subjected himself to state sanctioned violence in pursuit of … Continue reading Lessons from the Legacy of John Lewis »

How and When Does JCRC Make a Statement?

By JCRC | Jul 16, 2020 | Comments Off on How and When Does JCRC Make a Statement?

I’ve spent a lot of time in recent months discussing rapidly unfolding events in meetings with JCRC partners as well as with other local and national networks and coalitions JCRC is a part of.  In many such meetings there often comes a point where the issue is raised of whether JCRC will make a statement – either as a representative of the organized Jewish community, … Continue reading How and When Does JCRC Make a Statement? »

On Holding Loss and Finding Hope

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 10, 2020 | Comments Off on On Holding Loss and Finding Hope

“Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem” by Francesco Hayez (Photo: Wikipedia Commons) The past few weeks have been difficult here at JCRC, as they have been for almost everyone. We said goodbye to cherished colleagues who were laid off as we suspended various programs because of economic pressures. As we gathered together as a smaller group for the first time this week, many of us … Continue reading On Holding Loss and Finding Hope »

The next generation committed to telling our story

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 26, 2020 | Comments Off on The next generation committed to telling our story

The Hebrew month of Tammuz began earlier this week. Later this month we will usher in an intense, three-week mourning period, when I will join many other Jews around the world in fasting and engaging ritual mourning to lament the many calamities in our history, from the destruction of the first Temple through the Holocaust. Commemorating and retelling our history is a sacred obligation, shared … Continue reading The next generation committed to telling our story »