Zeresh, Hagar, & the Stories Not Told


Participation in the Jewish community is a very personal experience. For some, it involves regular attendance at Sabbath services. For others, it may be keeping up with Jewish news from online sources and weekly newspapers. But for Jews around the world, we are all conscious of a pattern of Jewish life as we go through …Continue reading »

Our Wilderness Moment


With apologies to Bostonians… the great New York catcher/manager Yogi Berra, who passed away this week, used to say that “It ain’t over till it’s over.” With regard to the debate on the Iran nuclear deal, I’d offer that, “It’s all but over, but the work has not even barely begun.” I must admit that I …Continue reading »

Why Service?


Last night, JCRC was very proud to host JCRC Celebrates: Generations of Service, where we recognized JCRC’s community service programs and the generations of leaders who’ve made them possible. Through the generosity of our community, our inaugural live auction raised nearly $45,000 to benefit our service programs, and we are extremely appreciative to all. Why, …Continue reading »

For This First Week of School, My Summer Book Report


Last week President Obama was in Alaska where he restored Mount McKinley to its earlier native name, Denali. Me? I was sitting on a beach devouring a pile of books.  Allow me a moment to recommend three of them.  Sylvia Engdahl’s young adult science fiction novel This Star Shall Abide had a profound impact on me …Continue reading »

Our Labor Day Obligation | A Message from our Government Affairs Director


On June 28, 1894, the federal government enacted a law “Making Labor Day a Legal Holiday,” setting aside the first Monday of September to honor the social and economic achievements of organized American workers. For the casual observer, Labor Day typically marks the end of summer, the return to school and the end of the generally …Continue reading »

Courage and Complexity | A Message from Our Associate Director


Among my responsibilities as JCRC Associate Director, I have the enviable job of accompanying Christian clergy on Israel Study Tours, experiences that never fail to be both fascinating and intense. I’d like to share a few reflections from this year’s trip. (Also visit The Jewish Journal for an account of the trip in the 8/28/15 issue.) The …Continue reading »



As you read this, I’ve already left for a two week vacation. Not everyone in this world is blessed to be able to take meaningful time away from work for respite and rejuvenation. Many people don’t have paid vacation where they work and many more can’t afford to go anyplace during the time that they do …Continue reading »

Breaking Our Patterns


So here’s a frightening thought: This weekend brings the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul.  The end of summer is on the horizon and with it the end of vacations, a return to schools, legislatures going back into session, and for Boston – dare I say it – a start to preparing for the coming …Continue reading »

Generations of Service


One thing we often lose sight of as we grapple with and debate the dilemmas of the moment is the Jewish historical continuum; the links in a chain that go back thousands of years and that connect us to future eras.  The interconnectedness of generations to each other, the ways in which we hold a …Continue reading »

Finding Comfort by Facing Our Fears

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One of the challenges of a weekly deadline post is that I write something a day or two ahead, it gets vetted, edited, formatted, and then gets published on Friday. In between that writing moment – usually by Thursday morning – and that sending moment, things happen. Usually they don’t profoundly alter my state and …Continue reading »

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