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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Out of Many One: Stories from Boston’s Muslim Community

By Jeremy Burton | May 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Out of Many One: Stories from Boston’s Muslim Community

In December, in the wake of the election, JCRC mobilized synagogues and Jewish organizations across greater Boston to participate in a gathering at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, as one united community across religious, racial, and socio-economic lines. Our community came together to reaffirm a commitment to our shared values and to each other. Organized by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), the event, … Continue reading Out of Many One: Stories from Boston’s Muslim Community »

Questions We Ask Ourselves in a Time of Disruption

By Jeremy Burton | May 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Questions We Ask Ourselves in a Time of Disruption

On a recent Friday afternoon we received an urgent request; could we sign on to an interfaith coalition to defend the Johnson Amendment? If you’re scratching your head right now, you’re not alone. The Johnson Amendment is not exactly a household term. Enacted in 1954, and named for its author, then Senator Lyndon Johnson, the amendment bans religious institutions and other tax exempt institutions from … Continue reading Questions We Ask Ourselves in a Time of Disruption »

Celebrating Israel’s Independence with Hope

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Celebrating Israel’s Independence with Hope

On Monday we will commemorate Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. On Tuesday we will celebrate Yom Ha’AtzMa’ut, the 69th anniversary of Israel’s independence. Over the coming months we will mark many important anniversaries in the story of the Jewish state: in June, the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War – that moment of existential threat to Israel’s survival, the unification of Jerusalem, with consequences … Continue reading Celebrating Israel’s Independence with Hope »