A Tale of Three Churches

By JCRC | Dec 13, 2019 | Comments Off on A Tale of Three Churches

The 2018 JCRC Christian Clergy Israel Study Tour This Friday, a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. Almost every Saturday, you can find me in synagogue, where I celebrate Shabbat with my community, joining in the sweet song of Jewish prayer and the joyful study of Torah. But on three recent Sundays, I found myself in other houses of worship, outside of the tradition in … Continue reading A Tale of Three Churches »

JCRC Statement on Non Profit Security Grant Program

By JCRC | Dec 12, 2019 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement on Non Profit Security Grant Program

The organized Jewish community welcomes the action by the Massachusetts legislature to reach an agreement on a supplementary budget for FY19. In particular we take note and express our appreciation that the legislature allocated an additional $1 million toward non-profit security grants as proposed by Governor Baker. This comes after legislative leadership, led by Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Michael Rodrigues, Senator Eric Lesser and … Continue reading JCRC Statement on Non Profit Security Grant Program »

CJP and JCRC Statement on Jersey City Shooting

By JCRC | Dec 11, 2019 | Comments Off on CJP and JCRC Statement on Jersey City Shooting

CJP and JCRC today mourn the loss of four people killed during a prolonged shootout yesterday at the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City. The victims were Leah Minda Ferencz, the store’s owner, Miguel Douglas Rodriguez, a store employee, Moshe Deutsch, who was shopping at the time, and Det. Joseph Seals, a 15-year-veteran of Jersey City’s police department. We acknowledge Detective Seals’ bravery and sacrifice. … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Statement on Jersey City Shooting »

CJP, JCRC Stand with Israel Amid Rocket Attacks from Gaza

By JCRC | Nov 12, 2019 | Comments Off on CJP, JCRC Stand with Israel Amid Rocket Attacks from Gaza

More than 150 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel since Tuesday morning. For the first time since 2014, schools and workplaces from Southern Israel to Tel Aviv are shuttered and citizens have been instructed to stay indoors near bomb shelters.  Rocket attacks have been ongoing since an Israeli military strike on a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Israel’s soldiers … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Stand with Israel Amid Rocket Attacks from Gaza »

Guarding Our Tongues

By JCRC | Oct 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Guarding Our Tongues

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. As I sat in shul on Yom Kippur this year, joining with my community in the traditional vidui (confession) of the Al Chet repeated ten times throughout the day, I was struck by how many sins on that long list have to do with speech. For the sin we have committed before you with the … Continue reading Guarding Our Tongues »

CJP, JCRC Condemn Synagogue Attack in Germany

By JCRC | Oct 10, 2019 | Comments Off on CJP, JCRC Condemn Synagogue Attack in Germany

CJP, JCRC, and Greater Boston’s Jewish community are filled with grief for the victims of a brazen attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany. Timed to occur during Yom Kippur, one of the holiest and most solemn days on the Jewish calendar, the attack came as dozens of worshippers were inside the synagogue. More lives would have been lost if not for the secured doors … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Condemn Synagogue Attack in Germany »

Our “Founding Fathers”

By JCRC | Sep 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Our “Founding Fathers”

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. Though Rosh Hashanah falls relatively late in the secular calendar this year, I am probably not alone in still rushing frenetically to greet the holiday. And as in all previous years, I try to focus not only on my holiday menus and plans, but on the main purpose of this Jewish season; reflecting on this … Continue reading Our “Founding Fathers” »

Why the Accusation of “Dual Loyalty” Cuts so Deeply

By JCRC | Aug 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Why the Accusation of “Dual Loyalty” Cuts so Deeply

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. Early in my twenty-year tenure at JCRC, I had a neatly packaged description of our organization and its evolution from our original mission of 75 years ago. I’d explain that at our founding, antisemitism was an ever-present fact of life in Boston and in America, evidenced by hateful rhetoric on the airwaves, assaults on Jews … Continue reading Why the Accusation of “Dual Loyalty” Cuts so Deeply »

The Interconnectedness of Our Communities

By JCRC | Aug 2, 2019 | Comments Off on The Interconnectedness of Our Communities

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. Late one night last summer, on a Jerusalem hotel rooftop, I had a jarring conversation with a Black Baptist minister, a participant in our JCRC Israel Study Tour for Christian Clergy. He was sharing his reaction to to Yad Vashem, which we had visited earlier that day. The iconic Holocaust museum always inspires deep emotion … Continue reading The Interconnectedness of Our Communities »