JCRC Speaker Series

2020 Post-Election Analysis:
The Youth Vote
Thursday, November 19 at 4pm

What was the youth voter turnout in the 2020 Presidential election? Why are equitable and high levels of voter participation difficult to achieve? Alan Solomont and Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg from the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University will share their expertise on youth voter engagement and what you can do to address systemic barriers to youth voting.

About Tisch College
Tisch College is a leading authority on youth and campus-based civic learning and engagement and its researchers produce cutting-edge research on youth civic engagement. civic engagement, leadership in social justice movement.


Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is Tisch's Director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), a nonpartisan national research institute that focuses on youth civic and political learning and engagement. CIRCLE uses its expansive portfolio of research initiatives, tools for practitioner organizations, educators and other civic stakeholders, and reports to advance equity-centered policy and practice in the civic sector. With a background in positive youth development and community psychology she sees research can be a powerful tool to address inequity in opportunities for civic learning and participation at all levels of society.


Alan Solomont currently serves as the Tisch Dean Alan’s career has been marked by his commitment to political activism, public service and organizing for the greater good. He was appointed by President Obama to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra from 2009-2013. Alan is the former Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He was first appointed to the board by President Clinton in 2000, reappointed by President George W. Bush in 2007 and elected chair in 2009. He also served as the National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Long active in Boston’s Jewish community, Solomont has served on the boards of the New Israel Fund, the Jewish Fund for Justice and Jewish Community Housing For the Elderly. He is a past chair of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and Hebrew Senior Life.

Past Webinars

Wednesday, October 21 at 1pm - Admiral Ami Ayalon

Join JCRC Director of Israel Engagement Eli Cohn-Postell for a conversation with Admiral Ami Ayalon on his book FRIENDLY FIRE: How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy, and the Hope for Its Future. Admiral Ayalon is a former Flotilla 13 (Israel's navy SEALs) commando, commander of the navy, director of the Shin Bet security agency, cabinet minister, Knesset member and a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel's highest military decoration. With Sari Nusseibeh, he established the People's Voice peace initiative. He is a member of Commanders for Israel's Security, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime & Strategy and chairman of AKIM Israel (the National Association for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities). He organized and was featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Gatekeepers. 

Tuesday, October 13 - Taking White Supremacy to Court: The Charlottesville Case

JCRC sponsored a program with Integrity First for America (IFA), a new organization that is literally taking white supremacy to court, by bringing a lawsuit against the masterminds of the violence in Charlottesville. Read more about the event in this blog post from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. The event featured IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and attorney Michael Bloch for a conversation with Pastor Jeremy Battle on this landmark case and the fight against white supremacy and violent extremism. Co-Sponsors: Facing History, ADL New England, AJC New England, JALSA, Keshet and Western Avenue Baptist Church.

Wednesday, September 30 - Panel Discussion on the Case for Ranked Choice Voting

A panel discussion on the case for Rank Choice Voting featuring leaders of the Yes on 2 campaign Evan Falchuk, Former candidate for Massachusetts Governor and Board Chair of the Yes On 2 campaign, and Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq., President of the NAACP Boston Branch and Honorary Yes on 2 Campaign Co-Chair. Read more about the event in this blog post from Executive Director Jeremy Burton.