Preserving the Legacy: Join us this Sunday for Yom HaShoah

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Preserving the Legacy: Join us this Sunday for Yom HaShoah

This Sunday, April 23rd, at 10:30am at Faneuil Hall, we will again come together as one community to commemorate the Holocaust. Each year, as part of this Yom HaShoah program, we recognize the winners of the Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest. Mr. Arbeiter, a Holocaust survivor and a leader in our community, is a passionate advocate for Holocaust education. His story of survival in the face … Continue reading Preserving the Legacy: Join us this Sunday for Yom HaShoah »

Beyond Books and Borders

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Beyond Books and Borders

On the eve of Passover, when we share our national story and reenact our journey, I share with you the story of one of our literacy volunteers and the deep connections she has fostered with her students through their shared life journeys. In May of 1960, Marion Bank was 13 and living in Chile when she experienced the largest recorded seismic event to date. What … Continue reading Beyond Books and Borders »

Four Questions, Four Actions

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Four Questions, Four Actions

Click here to download our Seder Supplement for 2017/5777, featuring action items and Boston-specific stories about immigrants and refugees.   With Passover just over a week away, and many of us already deep into preparations, I ask you to pause with me for just a moment, as we acknowledge some remarkable community-wide efforts addressing issues deeply resonant of themes of the Festival of Freedom. As … Continue reading Four Questions, Four Actions »

Building Bridges with Muslim Leaders

By JCRC | Mar 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Building Bridges with Muslim Leaders

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a weekend retreat of the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI) of the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI). MLI was launched in 2013 under the co-leadership of Imam Abdullah Antepli, director of Muslim affairs at Duke University, and SHI senior fellow Yossi Klein Halevi. Over four years, four cohorts and some seventy participants, MLI has nourished a community … Continue reading Building Bridges with Muslim Leaders »

Layers and Narratives of Complexity

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Layers and Narratives of Complexity

Last month I had the opportunity to spend four days traveling in Palestinian Authority controlled areas of the West Bank, and in Jerusalem neighborhoods with Palestinian majorities. This opportunity was provided by Encounter, which invites American Jewish leaders to engage with Palestinian experiences and perspectives. I found some familiar experiences: meeting co-existence activists in Bethlehem (including one we meet with on our JCRC trips); touring … Continue reading Layers and Narratives of Complexity »

Embracing Optimism: Peres’ Message of Constructive Engagement

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Embracing Optimism: Peres’ Message of Constructive Engagement

This blog was originally posted on JewishBoston.com. At last week’s kickoff event for the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue, we honored the life and legacy of Shimon Peres. Israel’s former Consul General to New England Nadav Tamir began by sharing one of Peres’ guiding principles: unfettered optimism. Peres chose to be an optimist despite facing various levels of opposition during his decades of public service in Israel. Peres, … Continue reading Embracing Optimism: Peres’ Message of Constructive Engagement »

How We Remember: April 23 is Our Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom HaShoah

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 3, 2017 | Comments Off on How We Remember: April 23 is Our Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom HaShoah

Last year I wrote about Dr. Robert Berger z’l, a Brookline Holocaust survivor, who had an immeasurable impact on our community and beyond. We were privileged to have him participate in our Yom HaShoah Committee, where he advocated passionately not only for the accurate portrayal of the horrific ordeal endured by Holocaust survivors, but also for teaching about the extraordinary ways in which they successfully rebuilt their lives … Continue reading How We Remember: April 23 is Our Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom HaShoah »

Resilient Living

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient Living

Jewish fears were front and center this week as the tide of bomb threats against JCCs and other institutions continued to roll across the country, disrupting communities, and sowing seeds of dread and anxiety. The desecration of hallowed Jewish ground at a cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri traumatized us as well. As buildings were evacuated, as members of our community reeled in horror at the … Continue reading Resilient Living »

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 »