New Year Brings New Lessons from Malden High Students

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 20, 2017 | Comments Off on New Year Brings New Lessons from Malden High Students

As we welcome the new year, we close the door on a summer that has shaken many of us. We were saddened and horrified when, in the space of six weeks, two glass panels from the New England Holocaust Memorial were destroyed by acts of vandalism. The second glass panel was shattered just days after white supremacists and self-proclaimed neo-Nazis marched in the streets of Charlottesville. Though … Continue reading New Year Brings New Lessons from Malden High Students »

The Legacy of Connie S. Birnbaum 

By JCRC | Sep 15, 2017 | Comments Off on The Legacy of Connie S. Birnbaum 

I never had the privilege of meeting Connie Spear Birnbaum, who died in 2003 at age 48 of breast cancer. But as I’ve come to learn about her much too short life, it’s clear that she left behind a powerful legacy; a call for Jewish unity in our community. Connie moved to Boston to pursue her Masters in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University. It … Continue reading The Legacy of Connie S. Birnbaum  »

When To Speak Up; When To Speak Out

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 8, 2017 | Comments Off on When To Speak Up; When To Speak Out

Hardly a day goes by when someone doesn’t ask me: “Is JCRC making a statement on x today?” And hardly a week goes by when we don’t hear a critique of our choices. Some ask, “Why are you speaking on that?” From others we hear, “How could you possibly stay silent in the face of such an urgent issue?” Allow me to share just a few considerations … Continue reading When To Speak Up; When To Speak Out »

Legacy and Future

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Legacy and Future

The other day, after moving to our brand-new renovated offices a few weeks ago (come visit!), we re-installed our wall of photos showcasing all the past JCRC presidents and executive directors, going back to our founding in 1944. I shared an image of the wall with our living past presidents and directors. The responses have been delightful, and prompted me to think about what it … Continue reading Legacy and Future »

By the Rivers of Babylon

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 28, 2017 | Comments Off on By the Rivers of Babylon

This week our latest study tour – for Boston area Christian leaders – returned from Israel. I’ve heard about some of the experiences they had over the course of eight days, including spending last weekend in Jerusalem; sharing Shabbat dinner in a family home and learning later about the brutal murder of the Salomon family at a similar table only miles away. I write this … Continue reading By the Rivers of Babylon »

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 »