The Weekly Blog

Why we won’t be making a statement this Wednesday

By Jeremy Burton | Apr 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Why we won’t be making a statement this Wednesday

This coming Tuesday, April 9th, the citizens of Israel will go to the polls to elect their parliament. By late afternoon EDT, we’ll have a sense of the outcome – which, of some 40 parties on the ballot, will be represented in the 21st Knesset and, within a seat or two, how many seats in the 120-member body each party will hold. As in the … Continue reading Why we won’t be making a statement this Wednesday »

Stories we still cannot tell

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Stories we still cannot tell

Almost every family in America has an immigration story, a place we came from; often fleeing persecution, war, famine or poverty. This coming Tuesday, April 2, will mark the 100th anniversary of my own grandfather, Jose Sandoval, arriving in this country as a child refugee from Mexico. Growing up, he told me stories of what it was like to flee the turmoil of a revolution … Continue reading Stories we still cannot tell »

Prepping for AIPAC

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Prepping for AIPAC

As the AIPAC Policy Conference begins this weekend in DC, I am thinking about a survey that’s creating a buzz in our world. Last October, the Mellman Group reported that an overwhelming majority of Jewish voters – 92% – identify as “generally pro-Israel” while only a marginal 3% consider themselves “generally not pro-Israel.” This has come up in recent months as we witness groups identifying … Continue reading Prepping for AIPAC »

Anti-Semitic tropes and the conversations that follow

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Anti-Semitic tropes and the conversations that follow

I imagine that by using the term “anti-Semitic tropes” in this lead, you will expect to read a piece about events swirling around Capitol Hill. But I’d like to take a moment to share some insights from a different incident closer to home. Last Saturday night, minutes after coming back online post-Shabbat, I became aware of a piece in Sunday’s Boston Globe Ideas section declaring … Continue reading Anti-Semitic tropes and the conversations that follow »

Deeply Troubling Essay in The Boston Globe

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Deeply Troubling Essay in The Boston Globe

I am deeply troubled and disappointed that The Boston Globe would publish the essay, “A shocking number of Jews have become willing collaborators in white supremacy.” This piece misappropriates Holocaust imagery in a reductive way and amplifies an anti-semitic trope without making the case for the author’s underlying thesis. To apply the term “kapo” to any Jew, and in general to use terminology related to the Holocaust … Continue reading Deeply Troubling Essay in The Boston Globe »

Looking to the past, embracing a bold new future

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Looking to the past, embracing a bold new future

On June 14, 1944, one week after D-Day, 16 Jewish organizations in Boston came together to establish the Jewish Community Council “for the purpose of acting in unity in matters relating to civic protection and fund-raising.” Under the leadership of President Casper Grosberg and an “administrative committee” of 11 members, this coalition understood that there were collective challenges facing our community 75 years ago that … Continue reading Looking to the past, embracing a bold new future »

An Urgent Agenda

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 22, 2019 | Comments Off on An Urgent Agenda

It has been over twenty years since the American Psychiatric Association deemed so-called conversion therapy (attempts to “repair” a person’s sexual orientation) to be harmful. Still, shockingly, 698,000 LGBTQ adults, including about 350,000 people who received treatment as adolescents, have been subjected to this traumatic practice in the U.S. alone.  Last month, after years of effort, the practice was banned for minors in New York, making … Continue reading An Urgent Agenda »

All Community Relations is Local

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 15, 2019 | Comments Off on All Community Relations is Local

JCPA Opening Plenary: “Community Relations: The Past & Future of an American Jewish Success Story” L-R: ED Jeremy Burton, AT&T’s Marissa Shorenstein, Rep. Jeremy Raskin (D-Md.), and David Brown In recent weeks, a Jewish Federations of North America/Jewish Council for Public Affairs task force (of which I was a member), and the Reut Institute each released reports and recommendations on the future of the Jewish community … Continue reading All Community Relations is Local »

The Chorus of Remembrance

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 1, 2019 | Comments Off on The Chorus of Remembrance

Sylvia Ruth Gutmann was seven years old when, in 1946, she boarded a ship to America with her two sisters. Four years earlier, in a French internment camp, they had been torn away from their parents. While they were hidden for a time in France and then smuggled into Switzerland, their parents were each sent by cattle car to the death camp at Auschwitz and … Continue reading The Chorus of Remembrance »

“A Day On”

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 25, 2019 | Comments Off on “A Day On”

I will admit that I was slow moving getting out of the house on Monday morning. It was a federal holiday after a challenging work week. I’m guessing I wasn’t alone in having difficulty getting to sleep on Sunday after the adrenaline rush of that amazing Patriots overtime. And my driveway needed to be shoveled. But while some of us here were deeply focused on … Continue reading “A Day On” »