bce4f02b-7604-464f-bc7e-e1b296038287

Shavuot and “Embracing the holy space”

By Jeremy Burton | May 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Shavuot and “Embracing the holy space”

This weekend we, the “People of the Book,” will mark the giving of said Book. Jews around the world will celebrate Shavuot, as we retell the experience of Moses ascending Mount Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments. For me, one of the most powerful aspects of this holiday is that it does not stand alone, but rather, it exists in direct relationship with Passover, exactly … Continue reading Shavuot and “Embracing the holy space” »

From a place of love

By Jeremy Burton | May 11, 2018 | Comments Off on From a place of love

In Leviticus 19:17, we read: “You shall not hate your kinsfolk in your heart, rebuke your kinsman and do not incur guilt because of him.” Unpacking this verse, Maimonides tells us: “When one person wrongs another, the latter should not remain silent and despise the person… Rather, we are commanded to make the matter known and ask the person: ‘Why did you do this to … Continue reading From a place of love »

How do we cut through the noise?

By Jeremy Burton | May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on How do we cut through the noise?

There’s a good chance that you actually watched comedian Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondence Dinner this week. You might have also caught Prime Minister Netanyahu’s dramatic prime time reveal of data taken in a bold nighttime raid in Teheran earlier this year. And I’m guessing that not many of you watched President Abbas’ address to the Palestine National Council. But if you are … Continue reading How do we cut through the noise? »

The Israel conversation we’re striving for…

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 27, 2018 | Comments Off on The Israel conversation we’re striving for…

At the risk of repeating a tired trope, I will point out that there is virtually no matter on which the Jewish community is united in our analysis and opinions. That is arguably most true with regard to our concerns for the future of the State of Israel. And there is probably no subject that has invited more angst-ridden pieces in recent Jewish discourse than … Continue reading The Israel conversation we’re striving for… »

“I get it. BDS is wrong, but then what?”

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 20, 2018 | Comments Off on “I get it. BDS is wrong, but then what?”

The topic that’s dominated just about every conversation I’ve had this week has been BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), the global campaign to deny Israel’s legitimacy. My week began by sitting on a Sunday morning panel at the J Street conference, about countering BDS. And throughout the entire week, I’ve been working intensively with many of our members and partners – within and beyond the Jewish … Continue reading “I get it. BDS is wrong, but then what?” »

Reading Buddies and the New Normal

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Reading Buddies and the New Normal

Every Friday at lunch time for the last seven years, a team of volunteers from JCRC and CJP jump into Ubers to dash to the Condon School in South Boston. Along with a volunteer team from the law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish, they meet with the second graders they’ve been paired with, to spend an hour together immersed in the joy of reading. … Continue reading Reading Buddies and the New Normal »

Stand with Immigrants this Passover: An Action Guide for Your Seder

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Stand with Immigrants this Passover: An Action Guide for Your Seder

As you prepare to gather with family and friends to celebrate Passover 5778, we want to wish you a sweet and meaningful holiday – and to share this resource for your seder, informed by our community’s experience of standing with immigrants this year. We’ve shared with you the many ways in which we at JCRC have engaged our Jewish community in responding to the urgent … Continue reading Stand with Immigrants this Passover: An Action Guide for Your Seder »

Things that make us uncomfortable and lessons learned

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Things that make us uncomfortable and lessons learned

Early one morning this week I received an email from a member of the Boston Jewish community whose counsel I value, though we often disagree on quite a few things. She questioned my decision to promote the voice of a virulently anti-Israel person and also challenged the agenda I was serving by doing so. I was genuinely surprised. Clearly I needed some context here. So … Continue reading Things that make us uncomfortable and lessons learned »

The Question I Had at AIPAC

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 9, 2018 | Comments Off on The Question I Had at AIPAC

What resonated most for me about this week’s AIPAC’s Policy Conference? I could tell you about the energy I felt when I participated in lobbying meetings with a half-dozen members of Congress; engaging in rolling and elucidating conversations about the U.S.-Israel relationship and listening to their vigorous denunciation of BDS or Iranian efforts to export terror around the region. I could tell you about the … Continue reading The Question I Had at AIPAC »

A Life Well Lived

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 2, 2018 | Comments Off on A Life Well Lived

The JCRC family lost a dear friend and colleague this week. Our longtime Chief Operating Officer, Mike Selsman, passed away last weekend surrounded by his family. Mike would want you to know that for the past six years he lived and struggled with breast cancer, the disease that finally took him from this world. He was first diagnosed at Stage IV, a consequence of the … Continue reading A Life Well Lived »