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JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

By JCRC | Jul 31, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Last night, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted House Bill 4606 “An Act Relative to the Penalties for the crime of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)”. Governor Baker will have 10 days to sign the bill. FGM is defined by the World Health Organization as removal of all or part of a girls’ healthy sex organs and surrounding tissue for non-medical reasons, often resulting in serious … Continue reading JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation »

JCRC Applauds MA Senate for Unanimously Passing New Law Requiring Genocide Education, Bill Moves to House of Representatives

By JCRC | Jul 30, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds MA Senate for Unanimously Passing New Law Requiring Genocide Education, Bill Moves to House of Representatives

Earlier today, the Massachusetts State voted unanimously to pass a Genocide Education Bill that if passed, will provide all students in Massachusetts public schools the opportunity to learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust and other genocides throughout human history, as well as the factors which led to their being committed. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston recognizes lead sponsor Senator Michael Rodrigues, Senate … Continue reading JCRC Applauds MA Senate for Unanimously Passing New Law Requiring Genocide Education, Bill Moves to House of Representatives »

Statement from JCRC on Murder of George Floyd

By JCRC | May 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Statement from JCRC on Murder of George Floyd

We at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston are heartbroken and angered by the murder – as charged by the Hennepin County prosecutor – of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement in Minneapolis last week. We stand with the African-American community and all communities in mourning the deaths of Mr. Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who have lost their lives … Continue reading Statement from JCRC on Murder of George Floyd »

Statement on Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz Forming a Government

By JCRC | May 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Statement on Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz Forming a Government

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, on behalf of our organized Jewish community, congratulates Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz on their success in forming a national unity government. It is noteworthy that the coalition includes 73 Members of Knesset, nearly two-thirds of the body. After months of caretaker governments, the new coalition will have greater authority to set national priorities during the COVID-19 … Continue reading Statement on Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz Forming a Government »

JCRC Statement on Voting and Elections in a Pandemic

By JCRC | Apr 29, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement on Voting and Elections in a Pandemic

Embedded in JCRC’s mission is the obligation to promote an American society which is democratic, pluralistic and just. In 2019 JCRC of Greater Boston adopted principles to defend democracy, including the support of policies that (1) Identify and remove barriers to and increase voter registration and voter turnout and (2) Ensure the security and sustainability of our election system infrastructure. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the … Continue reading JCRC Statement on Voting and Elections in a Pandemic »

Joint Statement of Solidarity by Jewish Communal Organizations

By JCRC | Apr 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Joint Statement of Solidarity by Jewish Communal Organizations

The Coronavirus has no regard for religion, race or ethnicity—it is truly a common enemy. That is why we are proud to join ADL and more than 180 Jewish orgs in urging political leaders to promote unity and support; not scapegoat or blame others. Our full statement here:

CJP, JCRC Mourn Passing of Stephan Ross, NE Holocaust Memorial Founder

By JCRC | Feb 25, 2020 | Comments Off on CJP, JCRC Mourn Passing of Stephan Ross, NE Holocaust Memorial Founder

Steve Ross (center) with his son Mike It is with deep sadness we write to inform you about the loss of Steve Ross (z”l) who passed away last night. Steve’s enduring strength, humanity, and commitment to conveying the lessons of his experience in the Holocaust to all who would hear him, were a gift we will cherish always. His legacy will live on through the New … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Mourn Passing of Stephan Ross, NE Holocaust Memorial Founder »

JCRC Statement on Non Profit Security Grant Program

By JCRC | Dec 12, 2019 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement on Non Profit Security Grant Program

The organized Jewish community welcomes the action by the Massachusetts legislature to reach an agreement on a supplementary budget for FY19. In particular we take note and express our appreciation that the legislature allocated an additional $1 million toward non-profit security grants as proposed by Governor Baker. This comes after legislative leadership, led by Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Michael Rodrigues, Senator Eric Lesser and … Continue reading JCRC Statement on Non Profit Security Grant Program »

CJP and JCRC Statement on Jersey City Shooting

By JCRC | Dec 11, 2019 | Comments Off on CJP and JCRC Statement on Jersey City Shooting

CJP and JCRC today mourn the loss of four people killed during a prolonged shootout yesterday at the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City. The victims were Leah Minda Ferencz, the store’s owner, Miguel Douglas Rodriguez, a store employee, Moshe Deutsch, who was shopping at the time, and Det. Joseph Seals, a 15-year-veteran of Jersey City’s police department. We acknowledge Detective Seals’ bravery and sacrifice. … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Statement on Jersey City Shooting »

CJP, JCRC Stand with Israel Amid Rocket Attacks from Gaza

By JCRC | Nov 12, 2019 | Comments Off on CJP, JCRC Stand with Israel Amid Rocket Attacks from Gaza

More than 150 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel since Tuesday morning. For the first time since 2014, schools and workplaces from Southern Israel to Tel Aviv are shuttered and citizens have been instructed to stay indoors near bomb shelters.  Rocket attacks have been ongoing since an Israeli military strike on a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Israel’s soldiers … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Stand with Israel Amid Rocket Attacks from Gaza »