With Gratitude

By Jeremy Burton | May 20, 2016 | Comments Off on With Gratitude

I’ve just returned from Cleveland and the national meeting of the network of JCRCs from around the country. Representing our Boston Jewish community in this space, I was mindful of how fortunate and grateful I am to be part of a vibrant community filled with volunteers and professionals alike, working side-by-side to make our Commonwealth …Continue reading »

The “O” Word

By Jeremy Burton | May 13, 2016 | Comments Off on The “O” Word

Recently I was quoted in several places regarding a public discourse I want to have with some members of our community. Respected members of the JCRC community told me that – even as they appreciated the public effort I was making to engage – they wished I hadn’t used a certain word in making my …Continue reading »

Vulnerability Amidst Rising Anti-Semitism

By Jeremy Burton | May 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Vulnerability Amidst Rising Anti-Semitism

For some time now we have been experiencing increasing numbers of acts of anti-Semitism in the United States. It has shocked us, especially in recent months as reports of new incidents seem to be a near daily occurrence. We’ve been disturbed here in Boston by multiple acts of anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas – at schools …Continue reading »

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 »

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