From Tragedy to Hope

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 22, 2016 | Comments Off on From Tragedy to Hope

Earlier this week we marked the first yahrzeit (anniversary of the death) of Shira Banki, a 16 year old who was murdered by a Jewish extremist at last summer’s Jerusalem Pride March. The past few weeks have been very difficult for all of us. Barely a day goes by without another terrorist attack somewhere around …Continue reading »

JCRC Statement on Baton Rouge and Dallas

By JCRC | Jul 18, 2016 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement on Baton Rouge and Dallas

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston is shocked and saddened by events yesterday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and earlier this month in Dallas, Texas. We mourn for the brave law enforcement officers who have been targeted and murdered in recent days. It is impossible to sufficiently convey our gratitude to all those …Continue reading »

Failing to Protest

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

With the heightening of our national consciousness and conversation about racial disparities in the criminal justice system, many of us in the Jewish community feel moved to take action. Yet there is an acknowledged reluctance on the part of many of our communal institutions to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM). I’ve …Continue reading »

Update on MA Anti-Economic Warfare (BDS) Legislation

By JCRC | Jul 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Update on MA Anti-Economic Warfare (BDS) Legislation

JCRC would like to thank Representative McMurtry and Senator Creem for sponsoring anti-BDS amendments to the House and Senate versions of the Economic Development Bill (H. 4413 and S. 2432) this session. Although both amendments were ultimately withdrawn in recent days, we thank them for their strong support for our community and for Israel. In …Continue reading »

JCRC Applauds Governor Baker, Senate President Rosenberg, and Speaker DeLeo on Historic Passage of Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation

By JCRC | Jul 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

We look forward to joining leaders of the Commonwealth this morning as they gather on the State House steps, including Attorney General Maura Healey, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and state legislators, to celebrate Governor Baker’s signing of the so-called #TransBillMA on Friday. “On this historic day, …Continue reading »

Unity in Diversity | A Message from Our Associate Director

By JCRC | Jul 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last year, I visited the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa for the first time. As my family gazed down the seemingly endless staircase and around us at the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea, we were astounded by the beauty and comforted by the serenity of this majestic place. We stood amongst tourists from many lands and …Continue reading »

It Bears Repeating: #DeclareInterdependence

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we head into the long July 4th weekend, my thoughts go back to a reflection I shared a few weeks ago. I wrote about the connection between Passover and Shavuot – the idea that our personal freedoms and our social order, the contract we have with each other, are bound together as values in …Continue reading »

Enough is Enough is Enough

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

It probably goes without saying but most of us who are involved in service and advocacy organizations – both as volunteers and professionals – want to have an impact on the world around us. We want to make a difference on the issues we care about, for the communities we are part of, and for …Continue reading »

Issue by Issue

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Seventeen years ago, I took part in an organizing campaign that is still a point of pride for me, and I believe that the experience yields some valuable lessons for our work here at JCRC. It was the late 1990s, and I was a volunteer organizer with JFREJ in New York City, during a time …Continue reading »

No Siloes at Sinai

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

It seems trite at this point to observe that, lately, every challenge rapidly descends into bickering for partisan ideological gain. To cite just one example in the Jewish community: There are many forms of anti-Semitism that are on the rise, from both the left and from the right, driven by many factors including anti-Israelism and …Continue reading »

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