A Two-State Solution is Still the Answer

By JCRC | Feb 17, 2017 | Comments Off on A Two-State Solution is Still the Answer

Much has and will be said about the meeting this week between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu. There are elements of this important engagement that should receive broad welcome in the organized Jewish community, such as the strong affirmation by the President that the United States will work to prevent Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon. There are also elements that should provoke … Continue reading A Two-State Solution is Still the Answer »

Moving Beyond the Chaos: Guidelines for Action | A Message from our Senior Synagogue Organizer

By JCRC | Feb 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Moving Beyond the Chaos: Guidelines for Action | A Message from our Senior Synagogue Organizer

While Jeremy is in Israel for professional development opportunities, we offer some post-election reflections from our Senior Synagogue Organizer, Rachie Lewis. Since the election, we at JCRC have been immersed in conversations across our community as we struggle to understand the meaning of this political moment. We have reached out to JCRC board members, rabbis, synagogue leaders long involved in the work of social justice, … Continue reading Moving Beyond the Chaos: Guidelines for Action | A Message from our Senior Synagogue Organizer »

End Discrimination in the Commonwealth

By JCRC | Feb 3, 2017 | Comments Off on End Discrimination in the Commonwealth

While Jeremy is in Israel for professional development opportunities, we offer some reflections on an important legislative priority from our Director of Government Affairs, Aaron Agulnek. At the beginning of every two-year legislative session in the Commonwealth, upwards of 7,000 bills are filed by Senators and Representatives, covering almost every issue imaginable (and likely, many that you may not have known were even issues). Each … Continue reading End Discrimination in the Commonwealth »

A Visit with the People’s Lawyer

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 27, 2017 | Comments Off on A Visit with the People’s Lawyer

When I was just starting on my own path to becoming a Jewish communal professional, a JCRC director (from another city) patiently explained to me why the national Jewish community relations field organized our policy and advocacy work with one bucket being defined as “Jewish Security and the Bill of Rights.” It wasn’t that we, the organized Jewish community, only care about the Constitution as … Continue reading A Visit with the People’s Lawyer »

A Prayer for Our Nation

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 19, 2017 | Comments Off on A Prayer for Our Nation

Last July, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York accepted an invitation to deliver the invocation at the Republican National Convention. Under pressure from some members of the Jewish community, he withdrew from the event. We share with you the invocation that Rabbi Lookstein had planned to deliver last summer, and we invite you to join us today in reflection on his … Continue reading A Prayer for Our Nation »

Our Tradition of Dissent

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Our Tradition of Dissent

Dissent: The act of expressing opinions at odds with those officially held. In the Jewish tradition, even God handles dissent with grace. When God tells Abraham about the plan to obliterate Sodom, Abraham objects. He bargains. God listens and negotiates, but ultimately stays the course. The city is destroyed, but the relationship between God and Abraham endures and God fulfills the promise to establish Abraham … Continue reading Our Tradition of Dissent »

We’re Proud to Celebrate: #GBJCL20

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 6, 2017 | Comments Off on We’re Proud to Celebrate: #GBJCL20

Reading and education are essential to Jewish identity and to our perseverance as a people; they are the vehicles for transmitting our tradition and living a Jewish life. As Jews of the Diaspora, we understand that the gifts of education, knowledge and reasoning were – and still are – key to our survival. For centuries, we faced discrimination and worse. Shut out of many schools … Continue reading We’re Proud to Celebrate: #GBJCL20 »

Times of Israel: After the speech: investing in peacemaking

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Times of Israel: After the speech: investing in peacemaking

This article was originally published on the Times of Israel Blogs. Since the U.S. abstention at the UN Security Council and the speech by Secretary of State John Kerry, much has been said about the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I am among those who take issue with the U.S. approach this past week. Nonetheless, for those of us who share the belief that … Continue reading Times of Israel: After the speech: investing in peacemaking »

Times of Israel: Misguided Inaction Makes Peacemaking Even Harder

By Jeremy Burton | Dec 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Times of Israel: Misguided Inaction Makes Peacemaking Even Harder

This article was originally published on the Times of Israel Blogs.  There is one question I’ve been asked consistently this weekend: Why – given my own firm commitment to a two-state solution and my publicly expressed concerns about the coming administration’s views on this – would I so strongly reject and abhor the U.S. abstention this past Friday on UN Security Council Resolution 2334? My disagreement … Continue reading Times of Israel: Misguided Inaction Makes Peacemaking Even Harder »

No Roadmap in the New Year

By Jeremy Burton | Dec 23, 2016 | Comments Off on No Roadmap in the New Year

  Earlier this week I spoke to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about President-Elect Trump’s ambassador-designate to Israel. I told the reporter that “we’re all trying to figure out how to navigate this administration.” Here, in my final blog post of the calendar year and six weeks after November 8th, I would like to share some thoughts about where JCRC is thus far in handling this … Continue reading No Roadmap in the New Year »