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A Special Post Announcing A Decision Made by Our Council Last Night

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 18, 2019 | Comments Off on A Special Post Announcing A Decision Made by Our Council Last Night

Seventy-five years ago, in 1944, a group of Jewish organizations in Boston formed a coalition to confront threats to the Jewish community, including and specifically anti-Semitism. That coalition, JCRC, came to act as a representative voice of the organized Jewish community, and over time, its constituent organizations developed abiding principles and values that live on in our mission statement. JCRC’s priorities and agenda have evolved … Continue reading A Special Post Announcing A Decision Made by Our Council Last Night »

Complexity and Connection

By JCRC | Jan 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Complexity and Connection

The impact of our Israel trips is not easily observed or measured. Sometimes trees fall in the woods, with no one around to hear them. If one of our study tour alumni tells a story to a congregant or a constituent about something they experienced in Israel, we may never hear about it. That is why we were so heartened to read the news out of Springfield earlier this … Continue reading Complexity and Connection »

Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, My Latinx And Jewish Histories Intersect

By Jeremy Burton | Dec 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, My Latinx And Jewish Histories Intersect

This blog post was originally published as an op-ed in The Forward. At a Hanukkah party on Sunday night, Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared that “generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.” In doing so, she publicly joined a vast community of people, including my family, in embracing the space where Jewish and Latinx identities intersect. It is a story that, sadly, has … Continue reading Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, My Latinx And Jewish Histories Intersect »

Holding complexity in a 280-characters-or-less world

By Jeremy Burton | Dec 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Holding complexity in a 280-characters-or-less world

As JCRC’s latest civic leaders study tour arrives in Israel today, this one led by Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell, I am both proud and envious to not be joining them. I’m proud because this is the first time in seven years that I’m not traveling with JCRC’s winter study tour and my absence is a reflection of our success in implementing our strategic … Continue reading Holding complexity in a 280-characters-or-less world »

Protecting our community while protecting our values

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Protecting our community while protecting our values

This week we marked the shloshim for those murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh by white supremacist gunman Robert Bowers; the 30 days following burial in which mourners refrain from some everyday practices and communities engage in performance of mitzvot to honor the dead. This past Friday night the Jewish community experienced another attack on a congregation, this time in the Hancock … Continue reading Protecting our community while protecting our values »

Our City’s Collective Responsibility

By JCRC | Nov 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Our City’s Collective Responsibility

This week: a message from JCRC’s Emily Reichman, Director of Service Initiatives (R), and Shira Burns, JCRC Communications Staff. On Monday, in an auditorium full of high school students visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust survivor Esther Starobin asked: “Is there anything specific you’re hoping to see here today?” Sherley Maximin’s hand shot up. Sherley is this year’s first place winner of JCRC’s … Continue reading Our City’s Collective Responsibility »

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 »