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” »

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 »