The JCRC Weekly Blog

Guarding Our Tongues

By JCRC | Oct 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Guarding Our Tongues

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. As I sat in shul on Yom Kippur this year, joining with my community in the traditional vidui (confession) of the Al Chet repeated ten times throughout the day, I was struck by how many sins on that long list have to do with speech. For the sin we have committed before you with the … Continue reading Guarding Our Tongues »

4,700 Books, 100 Classrooms

By JCRC | Oct 4, 2019 | Comments Off on 4,700 Books, 100 Classrooms

This week, a message from Director of Service Initiatives Emily Reichman: As Jews, we are “the people of the book.” During these High Holy Days, we pray to be written in the Book of Life. Books—education—are central to our identity, and as immigrants to this country, we experienced the power of reading in unlocking opportunities for generations in our new homeland. New research confirms what … Continue reading 4,700 Books, 100 Classrooms »

Our “Founding Fathers”

By JCRC | Sep 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Our “Founding Fathers”

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. Though Rosh Hashanah falls relatively late in the secular calendar this year, I am probably not alone in still rushing frenetically to greet the holiday. And as in all previous years, I try to focus not only on my holiday menus and plans, but on the main purpose of this Jewish season; reflecting on this … Continue reading Our “Founding Fathers” »

An Insider’s Guide to Israel’s Second Round of Elections

By JCRC | Sep 13, 2019 | Comments Off on An Insider’s Guide to Israel’s Second Round of Elections

From JCRC Director of Israel Engagement, Eli Cohn-Postell: With local and national campaigns ramping up at home, one could be forgiven for losing sight of Israel’s second election in 2019. Next Tuesday, the 17th, millions of Israelis will cast their ballots and select a new parliament. You may recall that Israelis also went to the polls in April, and this second election is taking place … Continue reading An Insider’s Guide to Israel’s Second Round of Elections »

Reaching Out in a New City

By JCRC | Sep 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Reaching Out in a New City

This week, a message from Israel Engagement Program Manager Rachel Goldberg, who is an active volunteer with JCRC’s ReachOut! Program: When I settled in Boston after college, I was suddenly hit with a dilemma: The convenience of my campus Hillel and my regular Friday college volunteer group was no longer available. I found myself in a new city, searching for opportunities to volunteer, and hoping … Continue reading Reaching Out in a New City »

Why the Accusation of “Dual Loyalty” Cuts so Deeply

By JCRC | Aug 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Why the Accusation of “Dual Loyalty” Cuts so Deeply

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. Early in my twenty-year tenure at JCRC, I had a neatly packaged description of our organization and its evolution from our original mission of 75 years ago. I’d explain that at our founding, antisemitism was an ever-present fact of life in Boston and in America, evidenced by hateful rhetoric on the airwaves, assaults on Jews … Continue reading Why the Accusation of “Dual Loyalty” Cuts so Deeply »

The SS Zeeland and the State Budget

By JCRC | Aug 16, 2019 | Comments Off on The SS Zeeland and the State Budget

This Friday, a message from Director of Government Affairs Aaron Agulnek.  I recently received an old government document with notations written in cursive that I could not quite decipher, along with a yellowed photograph depicting a ship, reminiscent of the Titanic, but nowhere near as grand. Entitled, “List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States,” the document included the names of passengers sailing … Continue reading The SS Zeeland and the State Budget »

By JCRC | Aug 8, 2019 | Comments Off on

BLOG NAHMA NADICH, FRIDAY BLOG “The people you meet will be among the strongest you will ever meet in your life.” A message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich: “The people you meet will be among the strongest you will ever meet in your life.” I heard these prescient words from Lucia Panichella of Jewish Family Service Metrowest in an orientation session for a CJP … Continue reading »

The Interconnectedness of Our Communities

By JCRC | Aug 2, 2019 | Comments Off on The Interconnectedness of Our Communities

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. Late one night last summer, on a Jerusalem hotel rooftop, I had a jarring conversation with a Black Baptist minister, a participant in our JCRC Israel Study Tour for Christian Clergy. He was sharing his reaction to to Yad Vashem, which we had visited earlier that day. The iconic Holocaust museum always inspires deep emotion … Continue reading The Interconnectedness of Our Communities »