The JCRC Weekly Blog

Glimmers of hope in dark times

By JCRC | Jun 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Glimmers of hope in dark times

This Friday, a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. This week has been painful for us at JCRC. Due to the COVID-related economic crisis, we made the excruciating decision to suspend programs we value, and to lay off staff we cherish. Afterward, we gathered together as a team to reflect and to mourn. One of the staff members who will be leaving us asked if … Continue reading Glimmers of hope in dark times »

What gave us strength this year

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 12, 2020 | Comments Off on What gave us strength this year

Our spring ritual at JCRC is to elect our new Board and Community Representatives  – as we did at our annual meeting this past Wednesday – and to reflect on the past program year; the challenges we faced and the accomplishments we achieved. What a year this one has been. Though I hesitate to use words that are now included in every sentence of our … Continue reading What gave us strength this year »

A Jewish approach to this moment

By Jeremy Burton | May 22, 2020 | Comments Off on A Jewish approach to this moment

Next Friday, JCRC will be closed as Jewish communities around the world celebrate Shavuot. We will retell and re-live the experience of Moses ascending Mount Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments. The week leading up to Shavuot is the final week of the Omer, the intentional counting of the 49 individual days and the full seven weeks from the Passover Seder until this holy day. … Continue reading A Jewish approach to this moment »

What happened to ICE detainees at Bristol?

By JCRC | May 15, 2020 | Comments Off on What happened to ICE detainees at Bristol?

This week, a message from Executive Director Jeremy Burton and Director of Synagogue Organizing Rachie Lewis: You may have heard the disconcerting reports emerging from the Bristol County House of Corrections regarding events on Friday night, May 1st. Testimony from immigrant detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention there reports that inmates were assaulted and pepper sprayed, endangering their lives and furthering their vulnerability … Continue reading What happened to ICE detainees at Bristol? »

The Jewish community is committed to social distancing

By Jeremy Burton | May 8, 2020 | Comments Off on The Jewish community is committed to social distancing

A central part of our work at JCRC, in good times and bad, is to ensure that government and civic leaders are listening to, understanding, and addressing the interests and values of our Jewish community. I emphasize the plural “s” on each of those because rarely are we uniform in defining those priorities and concerns. This week, I want to lift up one specific area … Continue reading The Jewish community is committed to social distancing »

Defending democracy during a pandemic

By Jeremy Burton | May 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Defending democracy during a pandemic

Most people don’t remember that 9/11/2001 was a major primary day in New York City. I cast my vote for a nominee for mayor just minutes before the first tower was struck. After the second tower was hit, the governor rightly suspended the voting for two weeks. The notion of postponing the general election briefly became an issue, when the term-limited incumbent floated the idea … Continue reading Defending democracy during a pandemic »

Meeting the Challenge of this Moment

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Meeting the Challenge of this Moment

In the early weeks of this sheltering experience, I’d find myself getting a little bit annoyed by some of the posts I was seeing online. There was, and is, a certain amount of “competitive suffering” going on; a sense that the particular circumstances in which I was under lockdown (or not) were worse than yours. As I sat with these, and in some moments felt … Continue reading Meeting the Challenge of this Moment »

Our community is taking action

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Our community is taking action

I hope that this finds you managing as best as one can in this challenging time. It is difficult to absorb and process all that is happening in our world, and all that has ceased to happen – at least for now. We at JCRC, as always, are rooting our response in our understanding of our core purpose. We are advocating to uphold the social … Continue reading Our community is taking action »

Sharing our 2019 Impact Report

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Sharing our 2019 Impact Report

Each week, I use this message to convey a sense of the challenges that face us as a community and share the many ways that we at JCRC address them. This week, as we prepare for Passover, I am delighted to share our 2019 Impact Report with you. Here you can view in one place, the many ways in which your support has enabled us to raise our voices and deepen … Continue reading Sharing our 2019 Impact Report »

Staying Proximate from a Distance

By JCRC | Mar 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Staying Proximate from a Distance

This week, a message from Executive Director Jeremy Burton and Director of Synagogue Organizing Rachie Lewis: In this unprecedented time, many of us are figuring out what work and community look like from our homes and from safe distances. At JCRC, as we stay connected to our colleagues and partners over zoom—often distracted by a coworker’s bookshelf, or child, or snack—we are constantly discerning: What … Continue reading Staying Proximate from a Distance »