It’s Time To Say: #NoHateInTheBayState

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 14, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s Time To Say: #NoHateInTheBayState

This Tuesday, July 18th, the Massachusetts legislature will conduct a public hearing on a bipartisan bill S.1689/H.1685: An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts. Filed by Senator Cynthia Creem, Representatives Paul McMurtry and Steven Howitt this bill is being sponsored by over one-third of the members of the legislature. We at JCRC are proud to be leading a broad coalition in support of this bill. Some on the far-left … Continue reading It’s Time To Say: #NoHateInTheBayState »

Shattered but Not Broken

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Shattered but Not Broken

Early Wednesday morning a carefully planned day was disrupted by an event whose urgency would necessitate JCRC’s immediate attention and action: as Holocaust survivors and their children across our community awoke, they would learn about the desecration of a sacred space – the New England Holocaust Memorial (NEHM) – on the morning news. By now you are no doubt aware that a pane of glass … Continue reading Shattered but Not Broken »

CJP/JCRC Statement on New England Holocaust Memorial Vandalism

By JCRC | Jun 28, 2017 | Comments Off on CJP/JCRC Statement on New England Holocaust Memorial Vandalism

We are deeply saddened to learn this morning of an act of vandalism that damaged the New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston overnight. Early today one of the Memorial’s 132 glass panels was shattered in an act of vandalism. Each panel is etched with thousands of numbers representing the infamous tattoos inflected on the arms of many of the six million Jews murdered by … Continue reading CJP/JCRC Statement on New England Holocaust Memorial Vandalism »

When Our Community Comes Together

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 23, 2017 | Comments Off on When Our Community Comes Together

With the start of summer this week, I find myself looking back at what we’ve achieved together in the past six months. I’m particularly proud of one aspect of our work, specifically at JCRC and across many institutions of Boston’s organized Jewish community as a whole. Work that has engaged a broad swath of our community, people whose commitment has only deepened as time goes … Continue reading When Our Community Comes Together »

Building Possibility Through Teen Service

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Building Possibility Through Teen Service

The story below about Mr. Clark is just one example of why I am so pleased to tell you about the generosity of the Jim Joseph Foundation, as they are matching 100% of every dollar donated to TELEM before June 30th, 2017 (up to $30,000). We hope to reach this goal with your help!   At 94 years of age, Mr. Branson Clark is as … Continue reading Building Possibility Through Teen Service »

JCPA Condemns Shooting of Congressman Scalise

By JCRC | Jun 15, 2017 | Comments Off on JCPA Condemns Shooting of Congressman Scalise

The following statement was issued on June 15, 2017 by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national network of Jewish Community Relations Councils. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs strongly condemns the senseless shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and several capitol police during baseball practice yesterday. We pray for the full recovery of all victims. The shootings are yet another reminder of the … Continue reading JCPA Condemns Shooting of Congressman Scalise »

Adapting to Action

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Adapting to Action

The Jewish community relations field has been around for a long time. JCRCs across the nation were by and large founded in the mid 1940’s. The notion was that if the volunteer leaders and executives of a diverse network of organizations could unite and speak as one with high public officials, publishers, heads of churches, etc… then we as a Jewish communal enterprise could advance … Continue reading Adapting to Action »

By JCRC | May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

In March of 2017, JCRC’s Public Policy Committee endorsed legislation banning female genital mutilation (FGM) as consistent with our values and policies to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of girls and women in the Commonwealth. House Bill 2333 and Senate Bill 788,  cosponsored by 50% of the legislature, would create a program for education, prevention and outreach for communities that practice FGM, requires … Continue reading »

Because All Children are Our Responsibility 

By Jeremy Burton | May 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Because All Children are Our Responsibility 

As we celebrate the twentieth year of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy, we also celebrate the values that inspire our work. Values such as: Tikvah – creating hope, including for youth and their future. Tzelem Elohim – believing that all our children are created equally in the divine image, and; Areyvut – our sense of mutual responsibility, including to all our neighbors’ children. … Continue reading Because All Children are Our Responsibility  »

Honoring 20 Years of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy

By Jeremy Burton | May 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Honoring 20 Years of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy

This coming Wednesday, JCRC will celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL). As we honor some very special leaders who helped us reach this momentous occasion, we also reflect on the thousands of community members who’ve made such a difference in children’s lives through this initiative. The GBJCL team leaders are largely unsung heroes within our volunteer pool. These … Continue reading Honoring 20 Years of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy »