This Anti-Semitism. And This Anti-Semitism. And Us.

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 17, 2017 | Comments Off on This Anti-Semitism. And This Anti-Semitism. And Us.

The next two statements will each annoy, at various levels, some part of the organized Jewish community that is represented within JCRC: Rising anti-Semitism and its increasing mainstream toleration on the left in the United States and around the world is a serious concern that we need to name and address as a community. Rising anti-Semitism and its increasing mainstream toleration on the right in … Continue reading This Anti-Semitism. And This Anti-Semitism. And Us. »

Putting Justice in the Criminal Justice System

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Putting Justice in the Criminal Justice System

In our inception, we at JCRC have known from our own history in Boston that the criminal justice system is not always just. Hillel Levine and Lawrence Harmon’s “The Death of an American Jewish Community” chronicles the period in the 1940s when Jewish teens experienced regular assaults by Irish gangs, often fueled by the anti-Semitic radio diatribes of Father Charles Coughlin. But following the street … Continue reading Putting Justice in the Criminal Justice System »

Taking Action for a Two-State Solution

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Taking Action for a Two-State Solution

The achievement of the two-state solution has, for a long time, been a question of when and not if. We have raised a generation of the Jewish people on the idea that the two-state solution is the only resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that ensures justice and security for all peoples. For our community here in Boston, the two-state solution continues to be our aspiration … Continue reading Taking Action for a Two-State Solution »

The American Tradition of Defending Our Democracy’s Norms

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 27, 2017 | Comments Off on The American Tradition of Defending Our Democracy’s Norms

In 1796, President George Washington voluntarily set the precedent for a two-term limit on the Presidency, stepping aside and giving up power on his own. Historians tell us that his decision was informed both by his desire “to pass through the vale of life in retirement” and to honor his early promise not to seek unfair power as a government official. The two-term custom he … Continue reading The American Tradition of Defending Our Democracy’s Norms »

Statement on Presidential Tax Disclosure

By JCRC | Oct 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Statement on Presidential Tax Disclosure

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) announced today that it would support legislation requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns before appearing on the ballot in Massachusetts. JCRC endorses MA S. 365, An Act Restoring Financial Transparency in Presidential Elections. In a message to the community, the leadership of JCRC said: “We live in a time when the norms of a … Continue reading Statement on Presidential Tax Disclosure »

Iran and Our Fractured Politics

By JCRC | Oct 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Iran and Our Fractured Politics

Last Friday, President Trump announced that he would not certify to Congress that Iran was in compliance with, nor that it was in the United States’ national interest to abide by, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan on Action (JCPOA), aka the Iran Deal. It is no secret that the American Jewish community was and remains deeply divided over the agreement; we were nearly evenly split … Continue reading Iran and Our Fractured Politics »

Statement from JCRC on Las Vegas Mass Shooting

By JCRC | Oct 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Statement from JCRC on Las Vegas Mass Shooting

For the second time in two years, we awoke to the horrifying news that our nation had endured the worst mass shooting in our history. The news out of Las Vegas this morning is heartbreaking – and enraging. We extend our heartfelt prayers to all of the victims and to the families in Las Vegas who are only now finding out about the loss of … Continue reading Statement from JCRC on Las Vegas Mass Shooting »

Listening & Learning: Preparing for Yom Kippur

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Listening & Learning: Preparing for Yom Kippur

This past Tuesday, JCRC was privileged to host the Connie S. Birnbaum Memorial Lecture, with over 350 people in attendance. There were two notes that evening that I find myself reflecting on as we head into Yom Kippur. In introducing the lecture, Herbie, Connie’s husband who founded this lecture 14 years ago, talked about her commitment to K’lal Yisrael. He pondered a discussion he’d had with … Continue reading Listening & Learning: Preparing for Yom Kippur »

JCRC and CJP Statement on Har Adar Terror Attack

By JCRC | Sep 26, 2017 | Comments Off on JCRC and CJP Statement on Har Adar Terror Attack

This morning we awoke to the heartbreaking news of a terror attack on Israelis. The attack took place in Har Adar, a Jewish community northwest of Jerusalem when a terrorist opened fire on a group of Israeli security officers as they were opening the settlement entrance to Palestinian workers. The three murdered Israelis are border policeman Solomon Gavriyah, age 20, from Be’er Yaakov, Youssef Ottman, … Continue reading JCRC and CJP Statement on Har Adar Terror Attack »

JCRC Statement on Roger Waters concerts in Boston

By JCRC | Sep 25, 2017 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement on Roger Waters concerts in Boston

Roger Waters, lead singer and co-founder of Pink Floyd, is coming to Boston as part of 20-city North American tour. He will be performing here on September 27th and 28th, just prior to Yom Kippur. In addition to his music, Waters is known for political activism and has been a vocal supporter of the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement (BDS), designed to isolate Israel in the international community. … Continue reading JCRC Statement on Roger Waters concerts in Boston »