The JCRC Weekly Blog

Prepping for AIPAC

By Jeremy Burton | Mar 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Prepping for AIPAC

As the AIPAC Policy Conference begins this weekend in DC, I am thinking about a survey that’s creating a buzz in our world. Last October, the Mellman Group reported that an overwhelming majority of Jewish voters – 92% – identify as “generally pro-Israel” while only a marginal 3% consider themselves “generally not pro-Israel.” This has come up in recent months as we witness groups identifying … Continue reading Prepping for AIPAC »

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 »

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 »

“A Day On”

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 25, 2019 | Comments Off on “A Day On”

I will admit that I was slow moving getting out of the house on Monday morning. It was a federal holiday after a challenging work week. I’m guessing I wasn’t alone in having difficulty getting to sleep on Sunday after the adrenaline rush of that amazing Patriots overtime. And my driveway needed to be shoveled. But while some of us here were deeply focused on … Continue reading “A Day On” »

A Special Post Announcing A Decision Made by Our Council Last Night

By Jeremy Burton | Jan 18, 2019 | Comments Off on A Special Post Announcing A Decision Made by Our Council Last Night

Seventy-five years ago, in 1944, a group of Jewish organizations in Boston formed a coalition to confront threats to the Jewish community, including and specifically anti-Semitism. That coalition, JCRC, came to act as a representative voice of the organized Jewish community, and over time, its constituent organizations developed abiding principles and values that live on in our mission statement. JCRC’s priorities and agenda have evolved … Continue reading A Special Post Announcing A Decision Made by Our Council Last Night »

Complexity and Connection

By JCRC | Jan 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Complexity and Connection

The impact of our Israel trips is not easily observed or measured. Sometimes trees fall in the woods, with no one around to hear them. If one of our study tour alumni tells a story to a congregant or a constituent about something they experienced in Israel, we may never hear about it. That is why we were so heartened to read the news out of Springfield earlier this … Continue reading Complexity and Connection »