February 1954:
JCRC testifies in support of the Ives Humphrey Fair Employment Bill, to prohibit discrimination in employment, along with 30 other JCRCs.


June 5, 1985:
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the JCRC, Governor Michael Dukakis signed a proclamation declaring June 5th to be Jewish Community Relations Day in Massachusetts.

The proclamation acknowledged the leading role which the JCRC has taken in reducing tensions among diverse groups and in fostering understanding and respect between members of all races and religions throughout the community.

April 2018:
JCRC organizes the Jewish community to support the passage of a sweeping Criminal Justice Reform bill.
In partnership with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), we activated hundreds of Jews at five synagogues, who advocated powerfully for provisions to stem the flow of mass incarceration. The bill’s passage has led to greater interest in the critical role District Attorneys play in achieving our community’s criminal justice priorities.



Early 1970s:
Governor Francis W. Sargent signs H. 6152, a bill prohibiting religious discrimination in employment practices.

(From left to right) JCRC Executive Director Herman Brown; JCRC’s Louise Ashman, Rabbi Howard Kummer, ED of the American Jewish Congress; Rep. Jon Rotenberg of Brookline, the bill’s sponsor; Rabbi Levi Horowitz and Rabbi Meir Horowitz of the New England Chassidic Center; Moses Feuerstein, president of the Union of Orhtodox Jewish Congregations of America; and Judah Stone, chair man of the Committee on Jewish Concerns of the Jewish Community Council.

August 4, 2010:
Governor Deval Patrick signs the Iran Divestment Bill