A Two-State Solution is Still the Answer

By JCRC | Feb 17, 2017 | Comments Off on A Two-State Solution is Still the Answer

Much has and will be said about the meeting this week between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu. There are elements of this important engagement that should receive broad welcome in the organized Jewish community, such as the strong affirmation by the President that the United States will work to prevent Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon. There are also elements that should provoke … Continue reading A Two-State Solution is Still the Answer »

Moving Beyond the Chaos: Guidelines for Action | A Message from our Senior Synagogue Organizer

By JCRC | Feb 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Moving Beyond the Chaos: Guidelines for Action | A Message from our Senior Synagogue Organizer

While Jeremy is in Israel for professional development opportunities, we offer some post-election reflections from our Senior Synagogue Organizer, Rachie Lewis. Since the election, we at JCRC have been immersed in conversations across our community as we struggle to understand the meaning of this political moment. We have reached out to JCRC board members, rabbis, synagogue leaders long involved in the work of social justice, … Continue reading Moving Beyond the Chaos: Guidelines for Action | A Message from our Senior Synagogue Organizer »

JCRC Statement of Concern about Knesset Outpost Bill

By JCRC | Feb 7, 2017 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement of Concern about Knesset Outpost Bill

Late Monday evening, Israel’s Knesset adopted legislation to legitimize previously unrecognized Jewish outposts in areas beyond the Green Line. JCRC of Greater Boston joins the AJC and ADL in expressing significant concerns about this action by the Knesset. This controversial decision moves Israel further away from the only feasible path to peace; a two-state solution. JCRC has long supported a negotiated two-state solution, a position … Continue reading JCRC Statement of Concern about Knesset Outpost Bill »

End Discrimination in the Commonwealth

By JCRC | Feb 3, 2017 | Comments Off on End Discrimination in the Commonwealth

While Jeremy is in Israel for professional development opportunities, we offer some reflections on an important legislative priority from our Director of Government Affairs, Aaron Agulnek. At the beginning of every two-year legislative session in the Commonwealth, upwards of 7,000 bills are filed by Senators and Representatives, covering almost every issue imaginable (and likely, many that you may not have known were even issues). Each … Continue reading End Discrimination in the Commonwealth »

Communal Joint Statement on Immigration and Refugees

By JCRC | Jan 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Communal Joint Statement on Immigration and Refugees

“We Must Not Close Our Doors” In response to the executive orders this past week on immigration and separately regarding refugees, we, the undersigned Boston Jewish religious, philanthropic, civic and human service organizations come together to say that these actions – which are causing anxiety, pain and anguish throughout immigrant communities and our nation – are unjust.  We stand together on the side of empathy … Continue reading Communal Joint Statement on Immigration and Refugees »

A Visit with the People’s Lawyer

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 27, 2017 | Comments Off on A Visit with the People’s Lawyer

When I was just starting on my own path to becoming a Jewish communal professional, a JCRC director (from another city) patiently explained to me why the national Jewish community relations field organized our policy and advocacy work with one bucket being defined as “Jewish Security and the Bill of Rights.” It wasn’t that we, the organized Jewish community, only care about the Constitution as … Continue reading A Visit with the People’s Lawyer »

We Stand Together Against Discrimination

By JCRC | Jan 20, 2017 | Comments Off on We Stand Together Against Discrimination

Boston, MA (January 25, 2017) – Today, An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts was filed by sponsors Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton) and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and Representative Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) and Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk) in a bipartisan effort to prohibit discrimination in state contracts system of Massachusetts. “This bill harnesses the economic influence of our state to strengthen existing anti-discrimination laws and … Continue reading We Stand Together Against Discrimination »

A Prayer for Our Nation

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 19, 2017 | Comments Off on A Prayer for Our Nation

Last July, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York accepted an invitation to deliver the invocation at the Republican National Convention. Under pressure from some members of the Jewish community, he withdrew from the event. We share with you the invocation that Rabbi Lookstein had planned to deliver last summer, and we invite you to join us today in reflection on his … Continue reading A Prayer for Our Nation »

Our Tradition of Dissent

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Our Tradition of Dissent

Dissent: The act of expressing opinions at odds with those officially held. In the Jewish tradition, even God handles dissent with grace. When God tells Abraham about the plan to obliterate Sodom, Abraham objects. He bargains. God listens and negotiates, but ultimately stays the course. The city is destroyed, but the relationship between God and Abraham endures and God fulfills the promise to establish Abraham … Continue reading Our Tradition of Dissent »

We’re Proud to Celebrate: #GBJCL20

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 6, 2017 | Comments Off on We’re Proud to Celebrate: #GBJCL20

Reading and education are essential to Jewish identity and to our perseverance as a people; they are the vehicles for transmitting our tradition and living a Jewish life. As Jews of the Diaspora, we understand that the gifts of education, knowledge and reasoning were – and still are – key to our survival. For centuries, we faced discrimination and worse. Shut out of many schools … Continue reading We’re Proud to Celebrate: #GBJCL20 »