Also on the Ballot…

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Also on the Ballot…

The debates are finally over and Election Day is less than three weeks away (at last!). But with all the attention devoted, rightly, to the presidential race – to the nastiness of our national discourse, and to the existential question of whether we will be able to come together on November 9th to face our …Continue reading »

The Credibility of Our Democracy

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 14, 2016 | Comments Off on The Credibility of Our Democracy

Like many of you, I’ve been frustrated, angered, and even dismayed as our election has unfolded this year. I’ve been pained by rhetoric that demeans individuals and communities, and worried about our future as a nation when the core values of our democracy are under attack. As the director of a 501(c)(3) with an advocacy …Continue reading »

Two Decades and Counting

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Two Decades and Counting

As we usher in 5777, we begin a new year of community service programming at JCRC.  This year, the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL) reaches the major milestone of 20 years of programming.  Launched in response to President Bill Clinton’s call to action called America Reads in 1996, GBJCL places volunteers in high needs …Continue reading »

CJP and JCRC Statement in Memory of Shimon Peres

By JCRC | Sep 28, 2016 | Comments Off on CJP and JCRC Statement in Memory of Shimon Peres

Find a cause that’s larger than yourself and then give your life to it. -Shimon Peres Last night we bid farewell to Shimon Peres (1923-2016), a pioneer, dreamer, and champion of the Jewish people. Over the course of his 70 years in service to the State of Israel, he defended the country in war and …Continue reading »

Resisting Silence

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 23, 2016 | Comments Off on Resisting Silence

Politics has been an exhausting and ugly endeavor this year, and we’ve still got six full weeks to go until Election Day. I’m sure most of us have seen stories about or heard people say that, dissatisfied by the choices before them, they intend to sit this year out. And you don’t need me to …Continue reading »

Thank You for Five Years

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Thank You for Five Years

Five years ago this week I moved to Boston with confidence in my belief in three things: 1) That an unapologetic Mets fan could make common cause with Red Sox fans in our disdain for the Yankees. 2) That a New Yorker who roots against football teams from New Jersey would fit right in to …Continue reading »

The Path to Peace

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 9, 2016 | Comments Off on The Path to Peace

I’m just back from two weeks of vacation. I’m grateful to work with a strong team that covers for each other as we take respite. I hope that, in my absence, you appreciated the blog posts from my colleagues. I’m also still thinking about our study tour in Israel that wrapped up just before my …Continue reading »

A Not-So-Hostile Takeover | A Message from the Chairs of JCRC Celebrates

By JCRC | Aug 5, 2016 | Comments Off on A Not-So-Hostile Takeover | A Message from the Chairs of JCRC Celebrates

As members of the Board of JCRC, we have the utmost respect for Jeremy Burton and hold him in the highest esteem, but even he deserves a break from his weekly message! So, while you may have opened this email looking for biblical parallels in current events or an analysis of how your favorite superhero’s …Continue reading »

JCRC Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter Platform

By JCRC | Aug 3, 2016 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter Platform

On August 1, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement released a platform, created collectively by organizations representing a range of BLM groups around the country. We are deeply dismayed by elements of this platform, specifically the co-opting and manipulation of a movement addressing concerns about racial disparities in criminal justice in the United States in …Continue reading »

Conventions and Conversations

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Conventions and Conversations

If you are like me you are probably a bit sleep deprived today, having stayed up far too late for most of the last two weeks watching the two party conventions, their speakers, floor drama, and subsequent analysis. Or, maybe you only watched one convention, or maybe some key moments, highlights, or possibly just followed …Continue reading »

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