JCRC Statements

JCRC comment on Membership and BDS

By JCRC | Jul 31, 2018 | Comments Off on JCRC comment on Membership and BDS

In response to inquiries from some of our member agencies: JCRC is aware of the recent statement released by Jewish Voice for Peace on behalf of several largely fringe groups regarding BDS and anti-Semitism. We are further aware that Boston Workmen’s Circle, a member of the JCRC Council – and through its national body a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish … Continue reading JCRC comment on Membership and BDS »

Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill

By JCRC | Jul 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expresses its profound disappointment in the Knesset passage into law of the Nation-State. We are concerned that this new law undermines Israel’s vibrant democracy comprised of diverse religious and ethnic groups. JCPA has worked tirelessly to affirm the central value of Jewish unity and the strong bonds that connect us to one another and … Continue reading Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill »

JCRC Joins 27 National Orgs in Condemning Family Separation Policy

By JCRC | Jun 19, 2018 | Comments Off on JCRC Joins 27 National Orgs in Condemning Family Separation Policy

JCRC has joined with 27 national Jewish organizations to express our strong opposition to the recently expanded “zero-tolerance” policy that includes separating children from their migrant parents when they cross the border. As Jews, we understand the plight of being an immigrant fleeing violence and oppression. Our own people’s history as “strangers” reminds us of the many struggles faced by immigrants today and compels our … Continue reading JCRC Joins 27 National Orgs in Condemning Family Separation Policy »

Letter to Superintendent of Newton Schools Regarding “Middle East Day”

By JCRC | Jun 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Letter to Superintendent of Newton Schools Regarding “Middle East Day”

The letter below was sent to the Superintendent of Newton Schools earlier today by the Anti-Defamation League, New England and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston regarding questions from our community that have been raised regarding the “Middle East Day” that was held at Newton North High School last month. Joint Letter to Superintendent David Fleishman from ADL and JCRC

Statement Regarding President Trump’s Announcement on the JCPOA

By JCRC | May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Statement Regarding President Trump’s Announcement on the JCPOA

It is well known that Greater Boston’s organized Jewish community was deeply divided over the approval of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the JCPOA, or the Iran Deal). Today, too, we are not of one mind as we receive the news of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the JCPOA. Regardless of our views about the JCPOA, both then and … Continue reading Statement Regarding President Trump’s Announcement on the JCPOA »

JCRC Statement on Events Along Gaza Border

By JCRC | Apr 2, 2018 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement on Events Along Gaza Border

We see the events along the Gaza-Israel border this weekend as the continuation of one of the great tragedies of our time. This is a situation where many are at fault, leaving individuals in impossible situations with impossible choices. It is a tragedy for the people of Gaza that, 12 years after the complete withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip, they live under such … Continue reading JCRC Statement on Events Along Gaza Border »

CJP, JCRC Statement on the Murder of Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kokia

By JCRC | Dec 1, 2017 | Comments Off on CJP, JCRC Statement on the Murder of Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kokia

We join with our brothers and sisters in Israel in mourning Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kokia (z”l), 19, stabbed to death by a terrorist while waiting for a bus in Arad last night. Ron, a native of Tel Aviv, served in the Nahal Brigade, a unit based outside the southern Israeli city where he was murdered. The assailant remains at large, with a widespread manhunt continuing … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Statement on the Murder of Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kokia »

This Anti-Semitism. And This Anti-Semitism. And Us.

By Jeremy Burton | Nov 17, 2017 | Comments Off on This Anti-Semitism. And This Anti-Semitism. And Us.

The next two statements will each annoy, at various levels, some part of the organized Jewish community that is represented within JCRC: Rising anti-Semitism and its increasing mainstream toleration on the left in the United States and around the world is a serious concern that we need to name and address as a community. Rising anti-Semitism and its increasing mainstream toleration on the right in … Continue reading This Anti-Semitism. And This Anti-Semitism. And Us. »

Statement on Presidential Tax Disclosure

By JCRC | Oct 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Statement on Presidential Tax Disclosure

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) announced today that it would support legislation requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns before appearing on the ballot in Massachusetts. JCRC endorses MA S. 365, An Act Restoring Financial Transparency in Presidential Elections. In a message to the community, the leadership of JCRC said: “We live in a time when the norms of a … Continue reading Statement on Presidential Tax Disclosure »

Iran and Our Fractured Politics

By JCRC | Oct 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Iran and Our Fractured Politics

Last Friday, President Trump announced that he would not certify to Congress that Iran was in compliance with, nor that it was in the United States’ national interest to abide by, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan on Action (JCPOA), aka the Iran Deal. It is no secret that the American Jewish community was and remains deeply divided over the agreement; we were nearly evenly split … Continue reading Iran and Our Fractured Politics »