Statements

Statement from JCRC regarding MA State Senator Jamie Eldridge’s Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By JCRC | Jun 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Statement from JCRC regarding MA State Senator Jamie Eldridge’s Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

It is utterly shocking that a member of the Massachusetts Senate would elevate Hamas as a legitimate actor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There can be absolutely no moral equivalence between the State of Israel – an American ally, whatever criticisms one may hold about that nation’s government – and Hamas, a designated foreign terror organization, by both the United States and European Union, that is … Continue reading Statement from JCRC regarding MA State Senator Jamie Eldridge’s Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict »

Anti-Israel BDS defeated in Cambridge

By JCRC | May 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Anti-Israel BDS defeated in Cambridge

Dear friends, Last night, the Cambridge City Council overwhelmingly rejected an order that would have singled out Israel by boycotting city purchases of products made by Hewlett Packard, which also sells technology to Israel. The decision came after more than seven hours of testimony on Monday night. Our community was mobilized and energized to push back against a one-sided narrative presented a week earlier, when … Continue reading Anti-Israel BDS defeated in Cambridge »

Emergency Action Alert

By JCRC | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Emergency Action Alert

Dear Friends – We need your help and your voice to confront a one-sided effort to delegitimize Israel in Cambridge. This coming Monday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m., the Cambridge City Council is expected to complete debate and vote on a BDS measure. On Monday, as Jews commemorated Shavuot, the Cambridge City Council held a hearing that would order the city’s purchasing department to, “review … Continue reading Emergency Action Alert »

Action Items and Talking Points on Cambridge City Council (CCC) Resolution

By JCRC | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Action Items and Talking Points on Cambridge City Council (CCC) Resolution

Background On May 17th the Cambridge City Council (CCC) held a hearing to advance a BDS initiative. Policy Order 2021 #109 directs the city manager to “review corporate contracts and identify any companies that are in violation of Cambridge’s policy on discrimination, including (but not limited to) Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Hewlett Packard Incorporated over their role in abetting apartheid in the Middle East.”  The … Continue reading Action Items and Talking Points on Cambridge City Council (CCC) Resolution »

Statement from the JCRC of Greater Boston following Council Meeting of April 27, 2021

By JCRC | Apr 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Statement from the JCRC of Greater Boston following Council Meeting of April 27, 2021

After a seven-month process culminating in a vote tonight, the membership of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston has rejected the petition to remove the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) from the Council. The vote was 40 to expel, 48 against (with 10 abstentions). In order for the vote to pass, JCRC bylaws required a two-thirds majority of the members present. In a … Continue reading Statement from the JCRC of Greater Boston following Council Meeting of April 27, 2021 »

Message Upon the Guilty Verdict for Derek Chauvin

By JCRC | Apr 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Message Upon the Guilty Verdict for Derek Chauvin

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston joins with our partners in welcoming the accountability that comes with the conviction of Derek Chauvin. No verdict will bring George Floyd back or make his family and friends whole for their loss. There is still much more work to do to confront systemic racism. JCRC will continue to work with our partners to advocate for systemic … Continue reading Message Upon the Guilty Verdict for Derek Chauvin »

An Attack on Our Democracy: Statement from JCRC of Greater Boston

By JCRC | Jan 7, 2021 | Comments Off on An Attack on Our Democracy: Statement from JCRC of Greater Boston

Today is a sad day for our nation. The U.S. Capitol was overrun by rioters who, for a short while, disrupted the function of our democratic process of transition. This interference with the tallying of the Electoral vote is an assault on the very foundations of our democracy, unprecedented in our nation’s history.   Guided by our mission to “promote an American society which is … Continue reading An Attack on Our Democracy: Statement from JCRC of Greater Boston »

JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership

By JCRC | Dec 30, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership

The Jewish Community Relations Council recognizes House Speaker Robert DeLeo on the occasion of his resignation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Speaker and his exemplary staff always had an open door to the Jewish community. He was as comfortable in Jewish spaces as he was in his community of Winthrop, which he represented for almost 30 years. He was always the first to … Continue reading JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership »

JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights

By JCRC | Nov 19, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) welcomes the Senate budget, which maintains funding for the crucial services and programs long championed by our community. JCRC’s budget advocacy has long been focused on securing funds prioritized by Jewish communal social service partners for critical human services. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a financial crunch on service providers throughout the Jewish and broader community. The public … Continue reading JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights »

Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden

By JCRC | Nov 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden

On behalf of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston, we join with millions of Americans in congratulating former Vice-President Joseph Biden upon his election as the next President of the United States. We also congratulate Senator Kamala Harris on her historic election as our next Vice-President. This is a moment that has been generations in the making and is one that will inspire generations … Continue reading Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden »