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  • JCRC to Lead MA Municipal Leaders on Study Tour of Israel

    December 7, 2018
    Contact: Shira Burns

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    JCRC to Lead MA Municipal Leaders on Study Tour of Israel
    Massachusetts Community Leaders to Explore Economic Ties to Region

    (BOSTON) – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston continues its long history of leading Massachusetts community leaders on a study tour of Israel, this month providing MA municipal leaders with an in-depth look into the economic, political, and security challenges and successes facing Israeli society.

    From December 7-15, Massachusetts municipal leaders will travel throughout Israel, learning from government officials and religious, academic, media, and business leaders.

    “This trip will allow Massachusetts leaders to deepen their understanding of Israel’s politics and culture, and examine some of the economic ties that bring Israel and Massachusetts together,” said Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of JCRC of Greater Boston. “The best way to deepen the MA/Israel connection is through a mutual understanding of our common interests—participants will gain firsthand knowledge about how they can strengthen relationships with their Israeli counterparts.”

    The Massachusetts municipal leaders will:

    • Meet with government officials, municipal leaders, and other influential leaders from all sectors of Israeli and Palestinian society, developing city to city connections and sharing best practices in addressing current municipal issues
    • Visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, border regions, and the Palestinian Areas.
      Discover the growing economic and cultural ties between Israel and Massachusetts
    • Gain new perspectives on modern day Israel
    • Develop a nuanced understanding of the complex political and security challenges facing Israel
    • Encounter Israel’s innovative economy, including its booming research, development, and tech sector.

    The trip is being paid with a grant from the nonprofit Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. Participants pay a registration fee for the trip from their own funds.

    Following are the participants in the 2018 Municipal Study Tour of Israel:

    Councilor Andrea Campbell (Trip Chair), Boston Councilor Kim Janey, Boston
    Councilor Mark Ciommo, Boston Fredie Kay, JCRC Board Member
    Marjorie Ross Decter – JCRC Board Member Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, Easthampton
    Councilor Edward Flynn, Boston Councilor Nina Liang, Quincy
    Select Board Member Heather Hamilton, Brookline Chief of Staff Elizabeth Pimentel, Office of Andrea Campbell
    Councilor Katrina Huff-Larmond, Randolph Alderman Mike Zwirko, Melrose
    Councilor Justin Hurst, Springfield

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