My Times of Israel Blog: Despair Misdirected and the Danger to Israel Therein

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Sometimes I get so worked up about something that instead of using my writing time for my Friday blog post, I go in another direction. This week, I started writing my Friday blog post, reacting to Tom Friedman’s latest New York Times column. I ended up with the piece below, which was posted yesterday on the Times …Continue reading »

Disability and Inclusion: Action Informed by Jewish Values

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Sometimes JCRC’s friends feel a head-spinning confusion about exactly what we do – what issues we choose to address and how we define our role in the community. It strikes some as odd that at JCRC we’re doing so many seemingly disparate things: volunteer service programs in Boston, Israel study tours for legislators and clergy, …Continue reading »

It’s Complicated: An Invitation to Conversation

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“It’s complicated.” Those two words enter into virtually every conversation during our Israel Engagement study tours, often to the frustration – and eventually to the bemusement – of our program participants.  We refuse to simplify the layers of history, geography, religion, narrative and identity that inform every element of understanding Israelis and Palestinians. We ask …Continue reading »

Embracing Racial Diversity in Our Jewish Communities – March 10, 2016

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  Embracing Racial Diversity in Our Jewish Communities A Training for Lay Leaders, Educators, Jewish Professionals, and Clergy  Thursday, March 10, 5-8:30PM at Temple Shalom of Newton Featuring April Baskin, URJ Vice President for Audacious Hospitality The Jewish community grows more diverse through interfaith marriage, conversion, and adoption. How can we foster an organizational culture that …Continue reading »

What We Do With (and for) Others

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In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King told an audience in Montgomery, Alabama, that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” At JCRC, doing for others defines our work year-round, whether it is our young adults preparing meals for the homeless or synagogue teams helping youth discover the joys of …Continue reading »

Humility and Unity

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If the upcoming Presidential election is about any one thing, it is about our anxieties for the future: in a changing and dynamic world that we struggle to understand, are our families and children safe? Will our children have the quality of life that we have known? Is our nation capable of facing the potential …Continue reading »

GBIO Conversation Series

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Conversation Series Undivided: Rejecting the Rhetoric of Otherness In the charged rhetoric of our times, the demonization of the other – from Mexican immigrants to Muslims to other marginalized minorities– has become commonplace. GBIO  invites congregants from all of our faith traditions to four diverse  houses of worship, to develop relationships, learn about each other’s …Continue reading »

A Profound Legacy

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As 2016 began, we lost a treasured member of Boston’s Jewish community, Dr. Robert Berger z’l. Dr. Berger, Laci (from Laszlo) to his friends, was a Holocaust survivor. He risked his life to fight with the Hungarian resistance in World War II despite the grave peril he faced if anyone discovered his Jewish identity. He came …Continue reading »

Senate Passes Legislations Extending Charitable IRA Rollover Provisions

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It’s not too late to make a gift to JCRC – and it’s not too late to make a distribution from your IRA if you are 70.5 years old or over. Congress has just reinstated the opportunity to make tax-free rollover gifts from IRAs to charity. By contributing an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift to JCRC, …Continue reading »

A Season of Service

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As someone who is Jewish in America, Christmas can sometimes feel a bit complicated for me.  When we – a Jewish organization – are closed and I post my weekly blog a day early, I’m deeply aware that Christmas is – in our “church and state separated” nation – the only federal holiday that is …Continue reading »

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