Not shutting up in the face of complexity

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Not shutting up in the face of complexity

Two sets of interactions over the past week have been on my mind. This past Tuesday night our JCRC network member Israeli-American Council hosted a community meeting regarding ongoing concerns about curriculum standards in Newton Public Schools with regard to Middle East education. In the days leading up to the event I received numerous calls and emails from members of our community urging me to … Continue reading Not shutting up in the face of complexity »

Beyond Books: Partnerships in Literacy and Learning

By Jeremy Burton | Oct 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Beyond Books: Partnerships in Literacy and Learning

The route between High Street and Beacon Hill is a familiar and well-worn one for us at JCRC, as so much of our advocacy on this community’s priorities is realized through our close and enduring relationships with our legislative partners. But Boston City Hall is a much less frequent destination, since our dealings with the City of Boston are more limited. So, we were particularly … Continue reading Beyond Books: Partnerships in Literacy and Learning »

“How Could it have happened? When will it stop?”

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 27, 2018 | Comments Off on “How Could it have happened? When will it stop?”

Each year on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Jews around the world visit the graves of their parents to honor their memories. For many Holocaust survivors and their families, there are no graves to visit. Instead, JCRC and our partners host a Yizkor Service for our community’s local survivors and their families, a program that includes survivor testimony. When I heard the … Continue reading “How Could it have happened? When will it stop?” »

On Being Proximate and Not Being Paralyzed

By Jeremy Burton | Sep 21, 2018 | Comments Off on On Being Proximate and Not Being Paralyzed

The following is an excerpt from my remarks last Thursday at JCRC Celebrates… At JCRC we like to speak of big, noble values like “our national purpose rebuilding the homeland of the Jewish people” or “defending the norms of Western democracy,” or “tikkun olam.” And right now, it can be too easy to become paralyzed by big ideas when facing the seemingly overwhelming nature of … Continue reading On Being Proximate and Not Being Paralyzed »

Resisting the temptation to walk away

By JCRC | Aug 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Resisting the temptation to walk away

This week: a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich Earlier this summer, in a sterile and overly air-conditioned Jerusalem hotel conference room, we gathered with our cohort of 13 Boston-area Christian ministers for an early morning meeting, on the final day of our Israel Study Tour. We met representatives of The Parents Circle Families Forum, a group which describes itself as “the only association in … Continue reading Resisting the temptation to walk away »

In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 17, 2018 | Comments Off on In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system

The Massachusetts legislative session just ended, with mixed results on issues dear to our community. We at JCRC were pleased with many aspects of the budget and the economic development bill, but we (and our partners in the immigration advocacy community) were sorely disappointed at the failure to adopt basic protections for immigrants being targeted in our community. And yet, on another issue of deep … Continue reading In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system »

My Grandpa Joe was 4 when he crossed the border

By Jeremy Burton | Aug 8, 2018 | Comments Off on My Grandpa Joe was 4 when he crossed the border

As I arrived in Texas this week with a CJP mission, my thoughts went back nearly a century. One hundred years ago next April, my grandfather arrived in El Paso, Texas as a refugee from Mexico. Jose Casillas Sandoval was four years old when he crossed the Rio Grande with his parents and his older siblings, fleeing the violence of the Mexican Revolution. I imagine … Continue reading My Grandpa Joe was 4 when he crossed the border »

Championing our community’s values in the 2019 MA Budget

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Championing our community’s values in the 2019 MA Budget

A state budget is a financial document. But at its essence, it’s statement of values and an affirmation of what a government stands for. At JCRC, we’re keenly aware that for many in our Commonwealth, budget decisions are not abstractions, nor is the process a game of wins and losses. These debates have profound implications for the lives of real people. The determinations of lawmakers … Continue reading Championing our community’s values in the 2019 MA Budget »

Israeli & Palestinian Women Leading the Charge for Peace

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Israeli & Palestinian Women Leading the Charge for Peace

I spent last week in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Ramallah as a facilitator for Encounter, following my experience as a participant last year. This time, my role was to support other American Jewish leaders who were there to listen and learn from Palestinians about their lives and experiences. I also had the opportunity to spend a few days touring in Jerusalem, with the ground partners we … Continue reading Israeli & Palestinian Women Leading the Charge for Peace »