CJP and JCRC Stand with Muslim Community in Christchurch after Horrific Terror Attack

By JCRC | Mar 15, 2019 | Comments Off on CJP and JCRC Stand with Muslim Community in Christchurch after Horrific Terror Attack

CJP and JCRC are saddened, shocked, and outraged by the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand today in which at least 49 people were murdered and 20 more were injured while attending Friday prayers in two different mosques. We strongly condemn this attack, which is a barbaric assault on every person who believes in the dignity of human life. As the head of New Zealand’s … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Stand with Muslim Community in Christchurch after Horrific Terror Attack »

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 »

CJP and JCRC Condemn Attack on Argentina’s Chief Rabbi

By JCRC | Feb 27, 2019 | Comments Off on CJP and JCRC Condemn Attack on Argentina’s Chief Rabbi

We were horrified and saddened to learn of the attack on Argentina’s Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich and his wife in their Buenos Aires home early Tuesday morning. Rabbi Davidovich, who suffered injuries after being beaten by intruders, remains hospitalized in serious condition. His wife was not injured. The attack is being investigated as an act of anti-Semitism. We pray for his speedy recovery and for … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Condemn Attack on Argentina’s Chief Rabbi »

JCRC dismayed by decision to empower Otzma Yehudit

By JCRC | Feb 24, 2019 | Comments Off on JCRC dismayed by decision to empower Otzma Yehudit

February 23, 2019 – The JCRC of Greater Boston is dismayed by reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu personally played a role in the electoral arrangement by which the Otzma Yehudit “Jewish Power” party is running on a joint list in the April Knesset elections. Otzma Yehudit was founded by close disciples of Meir Kahane and is the descendent of his Kach party, a designated terrorist … Continue reading JCRC dismayed by decision to empower Otzma Yehudit »

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 »

On January 17, 2019, at a meeting of the Council of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, the following resolution was adopted by a vote of 62-13 with 8 abstentions:

By JCRC | Jan 28, 2019 | Comments Off on On January 17, 2019, at a meeting of the Council of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, the following resolution was adopted by a vote of 62-13 with 8 abstentions:

Whereas, in 1944 the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) was formed as a coalition of organizations to act as an organized Jewish community of Boston, the express purpose of this coalition being to confront, in a unified manner, threats to the Jewish community including and specifically anti-Semitism; And, Whereas, JCRC’s mission includes being a “representative voice of the organized Jewish community.  Rooted … Continue reading On January 17, 2019, at a meeting of the Council of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, the following resolution was adopted by a vote of 62-13 with 8 abstentions: »