Antisemitism

Should American Jews Stop Trying to Defeat Antisemitism?

By Jeremy Burton | November 14, 2019

This blog post was originally posted on Times of Israel. Should we, American Jews, stop trying to defeat antisemitism? It is a question I’ve been pondering as I recently spent a month traveling through Europe and experiencing Jewish memory. And it is a question I’d love to hear from others about: Should we, as an American Jewish community, stop carrying the fight to “end” antisemitism … Continue reading Should American Jews Stop Trying to Defeat Antisemitism? »

On Not Letting Fear Define Us

By JCRC | October 31, 2019

(L-R) Rabbi Avi Bukiet, Rabbi Claudia Kreiman, Rabbi Bill Hamilton, Rabbi Rachel Saphire, and Rabbi Marc Baker ⁩leading the Tree of Life Community Remembrance at ADL’s “The Good Fight” This week, the last message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. Next Friday, look for a special message from Jeremy Burton, who will be back from sabbatical. One year ago, eleven Jews woke up on Shabbat morning, went to … Continue reading On Not Letting Fear Define Us »

CJP, JCRC Condemn Synagogue Attack in Germany

By JCRC | October 10, 2019

CJP, JCRC, and Greater Boston’s Jewish community are filled with grief for the victims of a brazen attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany. Timed to occur during Yom Kippur, one of the holiest and most solemn days on the Jewish calendar, the attack came as dozens of worshippers were inside the synagogue. More lives would have been lost if not for the secured doors … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Condemn Synagogue Attack in Germany »

Why the Accusation of “Dual Loyalty” Cuts so Deeply

By JCRC | August 23, 2019

This Friday, a message from Acting Executive Director Nahma Nadich. Early in my twenty-year tenure at JCRC, I had a neatly packaged description of our organization and its evolution from our original mission of 75 years ago. I’d explain that at our founding, antisemitism was an ever-present fact of life in Boston and in America, evidenced by hateful rhetoric on the airwaves, assaults on Jews … Continue reading Why the Accusation of “Dual Loyalty” Cuts so Deeply »

Invoking the Holocaust in Contemporary Debates

By Jeremy Burton | June 28, 2019

The New England Holocaust Memorial In the coming year, we’ll be marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Shoah. Here in Boston, we’ll also mark the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the New England Holocaust Memorial (NEHM). NEHM was specifically placed in the center of our city, along the Freedom Trail and across from City Hall, because its founders wanted the memorialization … Continue reading Invoking the Holocaust in Contemporary Debates »

Antisemitism that defies partisanship

By Jeremy Burton | May 24, 2019

Last week, I wrote about the importance of relying on mainstream institutions and leaders of our community to determine what is antisemitism. I identified three that I, as one individual, look to: the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, and Dr. Deborah Lipstadt. Predictably – I got flak over my choices. I heard from some on the left of our community who objected to these voices. … Continue reading Antisemitism that defies partisanship »

CJP and JCRC Express Concern over Incidents at Local Chabads

By JCRC | May 17, 2019

CJP and JCRC are deeply troubled by three incidents of attempted arson at two Chabad houses this week – one in Arlington and another in Needham. The suspects in both cases remain at large, and police are seeking assistance from the public in identifying one man seen on the Chabad Center for Jewish Life of Arlington/Belmont property – also the residence of the rabbi and … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Express Concern over Incidents at Local Chabads »

Lessons from the Tlaib Controversy

By Jeremy Burton | May 17, 2019

(Alex Wong/Getty Images) American discourse on antisemitism went through yet another round of toxic controversy this week following an interview with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). If you are seeking a deeper and more nuanced understanding of what she actually said, I recommend this editorial by JTA editor-in-chief Andrew Silow-Carrol. And, if you want a quick yet thoughtful read on the problem with the underlying “narrative” … Continue reading Lessons from the Tlaib Controversy »

Building Hope and Resiliency

By Jeremy Burton | May 3, 2019

If you had told me last week that joining a public letter calling out the New York Times for a cartoon would be only the second most noticed message this week about rising antisemitism, I would not have believed you. But if you had told me one year ago that a synagogue shooting resulting in the murder of a Jewish woman wouldn’t even rise to … Continue reading Building Hope and Resiliency »

CJP, JCRC Statement on Synagogue Shooting in Poway

By JCRC | April 28, 2019

CJP and JCRC were shocked and heartbroken at the news of another synagogue shooting at a Chabad center near San Diego yesterday. The shooting, which happened during services marking the end of Passover, occurred six months to the day of the Tree of Life attack in Pittsburgh. It was also the first opportunity for a yizkor (memorial) service for the 11 Tree of Life victims. … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Statement on Synagogue Shooting in Poway »