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Our Concerns for 2020

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Our Concerns for 2020

With election 2018 (not quite) behind us, and election 2020 squarely in the headlights, we’re sitting in the brief moment between cycles of hyperbolic conversations about how non-profits engage on the great challenges facing our nation. In the most simple sense, there is long standing legal guidance that allows 501(c)(3)s (the IRS designation for federal tax exempt nonprofit organizations) to address public issues – as … Continue reading Our Concerns for 2020 »

Poking Holes in the Darkness

By JCRC | Nov 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Poking Holes in the Darkness

This has been among the darkest weeks we’ve endured as a community. The Jewish community of Pittsburgh buried 11 loved ones, murdered in the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history. We are all reeling. With the unleashing of this violent hatred on our community came reverberations of too many moments throughout our history when we’ve been targeted; when we’ve had to withstand the onslaught on our … Continue reading Poking Holes in the Darkness »

Standing Together During a Really Bad Week

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Standing Together During a Really Bad Week

It’s a bit of a “bad joke” amongst certain political and interfaith partners of ours that if we are gathered more than twice in one week it has been a bad week. This past week has been a really bad week. Like all of you, I was shattered last Shabbat by the news out of Pittsburgh. And, on Saturday night, I was struck by the … Continue reading Standing Together During a Really Bad Week »

Freedom on the Ballot

By JCRC | Oct 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Freedom on the Ballot

  This week: a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich Throughout my nineteen years at JCRC, I’ve had many proud moments when we’ve galvanized our community to act on our shared values of equality, justice, and freedom. We’ve participated in efforts to effect change and transform lives. Some of our campaigns have focused on improving the lives of members of our own community; others have … Continue reading Freedom on the Ballot »

Not shutting up in the face of complexity

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Not shutting up in the face of complexity

Two sets of interactions over the past week have been on my mind. This past Tuesday night our JCRC network member Israeli-American Council hosted a community meeting regarding ongoing concerns about curriculum standards in Newton Public Schools with regard to Middle East education. In the days leading up to the event I received numerous calls and emails from members of our community urging me to … Continue reading Not shutting up in the face of complexity »

Beyond Books: Partnerships in Literacy and Learning

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Beyond Books: Partnerships in Literacy and Learning

The route between High Street and Beacon Hill is a familiar and well-worn one for us at JCRC, as so much of our advocacy on this community’s priorities is realized through our close and enduring relationships with our legislative partners. But Boston City Hall is a much less frequent destination, since our dealings with the City of Boston are more limited. So, we were particularly … Continue reading Beyond Books: Partnerships in Literacy and Learning »

“How Could it have happened? When will it stop?”

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 27, 2018 | Comments Off on “How Could it have happened? When will it stop?”

Each year on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Jews around the world visit the graves of their parents to honor their memories. For many Holocaust survivors and their families, there are no graves to visit. Instead, JCRC and our partners host a Yizkor Service for our community’s local survivors and their families, a program that includes survivor testimony. When I heard the … Continue reading “How Could it have happened? When will it stop?” »

On Being Proximate and Not Being Paralyzed

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 21, 2018 | Comments Off on On Being Proximate and Not Being Paralyzed

The following is an excerpt from my remarks last Thursday at JCRC Celebrates… At JCRC we like to speak of big, noble values like “our national purpose rebuilding the homeland of the Jewish people” or “defending the norms of Western democracy,” or “tikkun olam.” And right now, it can be too easy to become paralyzed by big ideas when facing the seemingly overwhelming nature of … Continue reading On Being Proximate and Not Being Paralyzed »

In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 17, 2018 | Comments Off on In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system

The Massachusetts legislative session just ended, with mixed results on issues dear to our community. We at JCRC were pleased with many aspects of the budget and the economic development bill, but we (and our partners in the immigration advocacy community) were sorely disappointed at the failure to adopt basic protections for immigrants being targeted in our community. And yet, on another issue of deep … Continue reading In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system »