Telling and Retelling Our Story

By JCRC | Apr 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Telling and Retelling Our Story

Last weekend, we participated in Passover seders in what is the most widely observed Jewish experience of the year. Our seders were infinitely varied, from the 30 minute versions, to ones that lasted until dawn; from the child-friendly kind, to those focused on esoteric intellectual debate. What bound them all together was the nature of …Continue reading »

The Four Questions I’ll Be Asking Myself

By JCRC | Apr 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Like most of you I have been to more than a few seders in my time, and each year I find myself asking:  How will this seder renew my connection to Jewish values and thereby inspire my actions in the coming year? On Passover, we are collectively reminded of our connection to history and our …Continue reading »

National Volunteer Week… and Beyond

By JCRC | Apr 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every week at JCRC is busy and this one is no exception, but even amidst all the public events, the press rumbles – all part of the ‘normal’ life of a CRC, what really keeps our team busy is the steady work of realizing the values of Boston’s Jewish community in the civic sphere. Across …Continue reading »

Jeremy Burton’s Comments at Keshet’s OUTstanding! Gala

By JCRC | Apr 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

The following are comments as delivered by JCRC Executive Director Jeremy Burton at Keshet’s Annual Awards Dinner. THANK YOU DANA FOR THAT PRESENTATION. AND THANK YOU KESHET, FOR HONORING JCRC TONIGHT.PERSONALLY, KESHET IS MY COMMUNITY. MY LIFE HAS BEEN ENRICHED IN THE EIGHT YEARS I’VE BEEN PRIVILGED TO BE ON THIS BOARD WITH INCREDIBLE FRIENDS, …Continue reading »

What Makes A Jewish Issue Our Issue?

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last week the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) ranked the top 25 Jewish influencers on Twitter. Noting that the list included only three women, I wrote a column expressing concern about inclusion and gender in the Jewish community. On Tuesday, JTA’s editor-in-chief, Andrew Silow-Carroll, wrote an extended and thoughtful response. His conclusion: “We agree with Burton’s …Continue reading »

JTA’s Twitter List is a Wake Up Call on Inclusion

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

To mark the tenth anniversary of Twitter this week, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) published a list of the top 25 “most influential people on Jewish Twitter.” There’s a lot to like about this list: I follow almost all these people, respect many of them, and consider some to be good friends. But there are …Continue reading »

A Step Forward for Inclusion

By JCRC | Mar 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

By Seth Goldberg, Government Affairs Associate As you may recall, last July marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA gave civil rights to people with disabilities, making it illegal to discriminate based on disability in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. Allow me to borrow the …Continue reading »

With Thunderous Applause

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was reminded this week of a scene in one of the classic science-fiction Star Wars movies: A craven politician has sown revolts and terror, and has encouraged fear in the populace. At the opportune moment, he comes before the senate and announces that in order to ensure continued security, the republic will be reorganized …Continue reading »

Dilemmas in a Dark Moment

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

In 2012, when Barney Frank decided to leave Congress, JCRC organized a candidates’ forum with the Democratic and Republican candidates running to succeed him. We heard from a few people in our community who objected to our engagement with one of the candidates who held strong views on a range of issues in opposition to …Continue reading »

A Demand of Those Who Seek the Presidency

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the many disappointing aspects of this year’s Presidential campaign has been the lack of a serious discourse on foreign affairs. I’m not naïve. For understandable reasons, the anxieties of Americans about our economy, our future, and our security are driving the debate and dominating the discourse. But a President has an extraordinary responsibility …Continue reading »

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