JCRC is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Boston’s longtime mayor, Thomas M. Menino. Mayor Menino was a key partner of the Boston Jewish community throughout his tenure in public office, most notably in his support and commitment to the Youth Jobs Initiative and his belief that Boston belonged to all of its inhabitants.
JCRC worked with the mayor to bring volunteers to the Boston Public Schools through our Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy program, to boost early literacy and foster a love of reading in Boston’s schoolchildren. He championed the founding of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and was a fundamental partner in the creation of the New England Holocaust Memorial. His unifying presence was vital in ensuring the city’s recovery following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
“The Jewish Community lost a true friend today with the passing of Mayor Thomas Menino,” said Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of the JCRC. “He stood with us to promote a more inclusive city where all people would have an opportunity to shape their destiny.”
“Our community was fortunate to collaborate with Mayor Menino on many of our shared priorities and values,” said Jill Goldenberg, President of the Board of the JCRC. “He had a profound impact on our city and his legacy will live on for years to come.”
Our thoughts are with his family and his wife Angela. May his memory be a blessing.