JCRC Dismayed by Elimination of Funds for Israeli-Palestinian Co-existence

By JCRC | Sep 17, 2018 | Comments Off on JCRC Dismayed by Elimination of Funds for Israeli-Palestinian Co-existence

JCRC is strongly opposed to the recent Trump Administration decision to eliminate USAID funding for projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We are particularly disturbed by the Administration’s decision to cut off funding for co-existence programs for Israelis and Palestinians. The suspension of all USAID support will harm the chances for peaceful reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, and will only serve to punish … Continue reading JCRC Dismayed by Elimination of Funds for Israeli-Palestinian Co-existence »

Resisting the temptation to walk away

By JCRC | Aug 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Resisting the temptation to walk away

This week: a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich Earlier this summer, in a sterile and overly air-conditioned Jerusalem hotel conference room, we gathered with our cohort of 13 Boston-area Christian ministers for an early morning meeting, on the final day of our Israel Study Tour. We met representatives of The Parents Circle Families Forum, a group which describes itself as “the only association in … Continue reading Resisting the temptation to walk away »

In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 17, 2018 | Comments Off on In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system

The Massachusetts legislative session just ended, with mixed results on issues dear to our community. We at JCRC were pleased with many aspects of the budget and the economic development bill, but we (and our partners in the immigration advocacy community) were sorely disappointed at the failure to adopt basic protections for immigrants being targeted in our community. And yet, on another issue of deep … Continue reading In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system »

My Grandpa Joe was 4 when he crossed the border

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 8, 2018 | Comments Off on My Grandpa Joe was 4 when he crossed the border

As I arrived in Texas this week with a CJP mission, my thoughts went back nearly a century. One hundred years ago next April, my grandfather arrived in El Paso, Texas as a refugee from Mexico. Jose Casillas Sandoval was four years old when he crossed the Rio Grande with his parents and his older siblings, fleeing the violence of the Mexican Revolution. I imagine … Continue reading My Grandpa Joe was 4 when he crossed the border »

JCRC comment on Membership and BDS

By JCRC | Jul 31, 2018 | Comments Off on JCRC comment on Membership and BDS

In response to inquiries from some of our member agencies: JCRC is aware of the recent statement released by Jewish Voice for Peace on behalf of several largely fringe groups regarding BDS and anti-Semitism. We are further aware that Boston Workmen’s Circle, a member of the JCRC Council – and through its national body a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish … Continue reading JCRC comment on Membership and BDS »

Exchange of Letters Between Newton School Superintendent and JCRC/ADL

By JCRC | Jul 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Exchange of Letters Between Newton School Superintendent and JCRC/ADL

On June 11, 2018, JCRC and ADL sent a letter to the Superintendent of Newton Schools regarding the “Middle East Day” that was held at Newton North High School in May. Superintendent Fleishman responded by letter on July 3rd which you can read here. ADL and JCRC sent an additional letter of response to the Superintendent on July 27th which you can read here.

Championing our community’s values in the 2019 MA Budget

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Championing our community’s values in the 2019 MA Budget

A state budget is a financial document. But at its essence, it’s statement of values and an affirmation of what a government stands for. At JCRC, we’re keenly aware that for many in our Commonwealth, budget decisions are not abstractions, nor is the process a game of wins and losses. These debates have profound implications for the lives of real people. The determinations of lawmakers … Continue reading Championing our community’s values in the 2019 MA Budget »

Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill

By JCRC | Jul 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expresses its profound disappointment in the Knesset passage into law of the Nation-State. We are concerned that this new law undermines Israel’s vibrant democracy comprised of diverse religious and ethnic groups. JCPA has worked tirelessly to affirm the central value of Jewish unity and the strong bonds that connect us to one another and … Continue reading Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill »