The JCRC Weekly Blog

Staying Proximate from a Distance

By JCRC | Mar 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Staying Proximate from a Distance

This week, a message from Executive Director Jeremy Burton and Director of Synagogue Organizing Rachie Lewis: In this unprecedented time, many of us are figuring out what work and community look like from our homes and from safe distances. At JCRC, as we stay connected to our colleagues and partners over zoom—often distracted by a coworker’s bookshelf, or child, or snack—we are constantly discerning: What … Continue reading Staying Proximate from a Distance »

Ways to Volunteer and Take Action During Coronavirus

By JCRC | Mar 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Ways to Volunteer and Take Action During Coronavirus

1. Take our Pathways to Peace Learning Series: Now more than ever, we need to find ways to connect with our neighbors. We live in a global community where stories from around the world can unite and inspire us. Join us for Pathways to Peace: a six-part series featuring Israelis and Palestinians telling their stories of identity, friendship, and cohesion even during a time of … Continue reading Ways to Volunteer and Take Action During Coronavirus »

Taking Action, Staying Connected

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Taking Action, Staying Connected

My, how rapidly the world has changed this week. Yet I am hopeful. We’ll get through this. And I believe we’ll be stronger for it. As Garrett Graff wrote this week, what we are doing now to #FlattenTheCurve is a “collective act of almost unprecedented community spirit, a fundamental statement of how we stand together as a species.” I was watching a comedy on Netflix … Continue reading Taking Action, Staying Connected »

Building connections while we’re separated

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Building connections while we’re separated

With the World Health Organization declaring a coronavirus “pandemic” this week, we are all entering a new and difficult phase of this challenge to normal life. Earlier this week, in response to Governor Baker declaring a public health emergency here in Massachusetts, JCRC began taking significant steps to limit in-person social interactions through our staff and programs. Today, Friday, we have moved to a remote … Continue reading Building connections while we’re separated »

AIPAC and How Bipartisanship Matters

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 6, 2020 | Comments Off on AIPAC and How Bipartisanship Matters

This essay was originally published in The Times of Israel. “Our challenge is less to calm the forces that are pelting our society than to reinforce the structures that hold it together. That calls for a spirit of building and rebuilding, more than of tearing down. It calls for approaching… institutions with a disposition to repair so as to make them better versions of themselves.” – … Continue reading AIPAC and How Bipartisanship Matters »

Building a more just Commonwealth

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Building a more just Commonwealth

When we celebrated JCRC’s 75th anniversary last year, we marveled anew at the forethought of the founding fathers (yes, they were all men at the time) in recognizing the need to form what we now call the “organized Jewish community, by founding an umbrella institution  “for the purpose of acting in unity in matters relating to civic protection” for the community. And every year at … Continue reading Building a more just Commonwealth »

Building a Coalition for Peace

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Building a Coalition for Peace

Photo from one of Boston Partners for Peace’s partner organizations, Roots-Shorashim-Judur This week, a joint message from Executive Director Jeremy Burton and Director of Israel Engagement Eli Cohn-Postell: In the two weeks since President Trump released his administration’s framework for negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, reactions have exposed the pre-existing divides in our discourse about the region and about the way forward. This may be … Continue reading Building a Coalition for Peace »

Our Urgent Need to Sustain Faith in Democracy

By Jeremy Burton | Feb 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Our Urgent Need to Sustain Faith in Democracy

With all the attention given to this week’s fiasco of reporting results in Iowa, I find that I can’t let go of a recent report from the University of Cambridge’s Center for the Future of Democracy that — for the first time — “a majority of Americans (55 percent) are dissatisfied with [our] system of government.” In an article, Yascha Mounk and Roberto Foa (co-author … Continue reading Our Urgent Need to Sustain Faith in Democracy »

How the Memory of the Holocaust Lives On

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 30, 2020 | Comments Off on How the Memory of the Holocaust Lives On

Photo taken last summer during my visit to Auschwitz Last summer, I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi extermination camp in Poland that was liberated this week 75 years ago, on January 27, 1945. All my reading and studies could not prepare me for the sheer scope of this place, where around 100,000 prisoners were held at any time (that’s nearly the population of Cambridge, MA, where … Continue reading How the Memory of the Holocaust Lives On »

My Testimony for Today’s Safe Communities Act Hearing

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 24, 2020 | Comments Off on My Testimony for Today’s Safe Communities Act Hearing

JCRC will be testifying at the State House today in support of the Safe Communities Act, which would protect basic rights for immigrants by ensuring that police do not ask about immigration status and creating standards for law enforcement interactions with ICE. Recently, JCRC organized a letter from MA rabbis to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, urging passage of the act. … Continue reading My Testimony for Today’s Safe Communities Act Hearing »