JCRC in the News

Massachusetts Lawmakers Considering Genocide Education Mandates

Armenian Weekly, October 9, 2019

A coalition of over 25 organizations including the ANCs of Eastern Mass., Central Mass. and Merrimack Valley, the Genocide Education Project, Facing History and Ourselves, Mass. Coalition to Save Darfur as well as several Jewish advocacy groups including the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) all convened at the Massachusetts State House on Monday to provide support and testimony in front of the House/Senate Joint Committee on Education in its public hearing for bills H.566/S.327.

Jews Prepare For High Holidays As White Supremacist Incidents Soar In Mass.

WGBH NEWS, September 26, 2019

Aaron Agulnek of the Jewish Community Relations Council said he hopes concerns about security don't keep anybody from worshiping during this New Year's season. “These wounds are fresh and the anxiety is real, and at a time of the High Holidays, when Jews traditionally come together in great numbers, this is the time where a lot of people might be experiencing these threats for the first time.”

But he believes worshipers will not be deterred. “We're all coming together. The doors will be open. People will be coming to pray. And we're not going to let threats of violence get in the way of our sacred celebrations.”

New England Revolution, Chelsea FC, donate $4 million to charities and nonprofits

Pro Soccer USA, August 27, 2019

The Revolution said individual grants as high as $500,000 were donated to three beneficiaries with global reach: the Anti-Defamation League, Holocaust Educational Trust, and World Jewish Congress.

Other organizations benefiting include: Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Community Security Trust, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, FARE, Hillel International, International March of the Living, Israeli-American Council, Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, Kick it Out, Stand with Us, the Philos Project, and the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Jewish schools, synagogues seek state grants to improve security

Boston Globe, August 18, 2019

The interest here among Jewish institutions in the grants is driven, in part, by such organizations as the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, which publicizes their availability to centers and synagogues.

“There is a level of anxiety [in the community],” said Aaron Agulnek, the organization’s director of government affairs. “Safe places should be safe places. Programs like this and smart target-hardening upgrades can help promote peace of mind.

“But,” he added, “it’s also not the final answer to the problem.”

Ayanna Pressley Is the Squad’s Free Agent

Politico, August 7, 2019

Everyone from Twitter to the Times of Israel has made mistaken assumptions about her, says Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, who lives in Pressley’s district and notes that Pressley’s Israel boycott vote was consistent with her campaign rhetoric. Most of those mistakes, Burton says, were “entirely based on what she represents as a woman of color, and who she’s working with and aligned with on a bunch of other issues, and not what she was actually saying.”

The 31 best things to do around Boston in August

Boston.com, July 31, 2019

ReachOut! Volunteering at the Emerald Necklace. Get your hands dirty at the Emerald Necklace’s Rose Garden to plant trees, flowers, and remove invasive species. (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; James P. Kelleher Rose Garden, Fenway-Kenmore; free; all ages)

Senator Eldridge, United Way and Boston Builds Credit join community partners to advocate for credit-building legislation to create upward economic mobility

United Way, July 30, 2019

“The ability to access credit is a crucial need for people seeking economic opportunity in today’s economy,” testified Aaron Agulnek, Director of Government Affairs at jewish Community Relations Council. “Given the power of credit scoring agencies on every aspect of individual economic opportunity, it is incumbent on policy makers to ensure that people can build their credit while reforms are considered for the industry.”

Grant Program Would Fund Hate Crime Awareness in Schools

State House News, July 26, 2019

"Seemingly every day a violent and threatening incident motivated by intolerance and bigotry is carried out in every pocket of the Commonwealth," Aaron Agulnek of the Jewish Community Relations Council said in a statement. "We must meet this crisis head-on through education, community intervention and meaningful partnerships. Our public schools and institutions are best positioned to develop a generation of residents committed to understanding and respect."

JCRC Labor Trip to Israel

The Jewish Advocate, July 17, 2019

The Jews getting arrested at ICE centers are just getting started

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 12, 2019

JCRC celebrates 75th anniversary

The Jewish Advocate, Digital and Print, June 19, 2019

Hate Crimes Fuel Push For State Security Funds

State House News Service, May 20, 2019
also printed in: WGBH,  Daily Hampshire Gazette

Vigil Outside Needham Jewish Center After Arson

New England Cable News, May 18, 2019

Police Investigate Fires at Rabbi's Home, Jewish Center

New England Cable News, May 17, 2019

“Well. . .It’s Complicated Because. . .

Af-Am Point of View, April 1, 2019

Public affairs body calls for more funding

Washington Jewish Week, February 13, 2019

JCPA Makes Expansion Push Amid Increasingly Treacherous Politics
The New York Jewish Week, February 12, 2019
Super Bowl LIII Was Good for the Jews

The Daily Beast, February 4, 2019

Easthampton mayor looks to Israel for pointers
Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 13, 2018
Living under a cloud of suspicion
Andover Townsman, August 23, 2018
‘Mein Kampf’ proceeds ought to go exclusively to Holocaust education
Boston Globe Letter to the Editor, May 18, 2016