The JCRC Weekly Blog

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 »

“The people you meet will be among the strongest you will ever meet in your life.”

By JCRC | Aug 8, 2019 | Comments Off on “The people you meet will be among the strongest you will ever meet in your life.”

BLOG NAHMA NADICH, FRIDAY BLOG 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 Women’s Philanthropy Mission to San Diego. The mission’s purpose was to learn about and volunteer in … Continue reading “The people you meet will be among the strongest you will ever meet in your life.” »

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 »

Time to Reflect and Refresh: My Sabbatical

By Jeremy Burton | Jul 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Time to Reflect and Refresh: My Sabbatical

Ours is a challenging and often messy world. Doing effective community relations and civic engagement in this environment can be trying. It’s also incredibly rewarding.   People often ask me whether I’d rather be doing something else than leading a JCRC in these fraught times, or what I imagine doing after JCRC. My answer to that is that I can’t imagine, for myself, doing anything … Continue reading Time to Reflect and Refresh: My Sabbatical »

Israel in the Middle

By JCRC | Jul 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Israel in the Middle

JCRC Study Tour for Labor Leaders with Roots/Shorashim/Judur This week’s message is from Director of Israel Engagement Eli Cohn-Postell. Last Friday, I watched in admiration as Shaul Judelman and Noor Awad unwrapped a new sign as though it were a birthday present. The sign was for Roots/Shorashim/Judur, the grassroots group of Israelis and Palestinians living in the West Bank who come together to foster understanding, … Continue reading Israel in the Middle »