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 »

JCRC comment on Membership and BDS

By JCRC | Jul 31, 2018 | Comments Off on JCRC comment on Membership and BDS

In response to inquiries from some of our member agencies: JCRC is aware of the recent statement released by Jewish Voice for Peace on behalf of several largely fringe groups regarding BDS and anti-Semitism. We are further aware that Boston Workmen’s Circle, a member of the JCRC Council – and through its national body a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish … Continue reading JCRC comment on Membership and BDS »

Exchange of Letters Between Newton School Superintendent and JCRC/ADL

By JCRC | Jul 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Exchange of Letters Between Newton School Superintendent and JCRC/ADL

On June 11, 2018, JCRC and ADL sent a letter to the Superintendent of Newton Schools regarding the “Middle East Day” that was held at Newton North High School in May. Superintendent Fleishman responded by letter on July 3rd which you can read here. ADL and JCRC sent an additional letter of response to the Superintendent on July 27th which you can read here.

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 »

Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill

By JCRC | Jul 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expresses its profound disappointment in the Knesset passage into law of the Nation-State. We are concerned that this new law undermines Israel’s vibrant democracy comprised of diverse religious and ethnic groups. JCPA has worked tirelessly to affirm the central value of Jewish unity and the strong bonds that connect us to one another and … Continue reading Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill »

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 »

A Shabbat To Protest

By Jeremy Burton | Jun 29, 2018 | Comments Off on A Shabbat To Protest

With the increasing frequency of Saturday rallies and gatherings responding to current events I’ve been thinking a bit of late about JCRC’s “Shabbat policy.” Though it’s rarely discussed, our practice is not to sponsor or participate as JCRC in programs – from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. While we recognize and affirm that Jews have a wide range of Shabbat observances (including none at all), … Continue reading A Shabbat To Protest »