Antisemitism

On being a force for good

By Jeremy Burton | January 10, 2020

“Stars of Hope” painted by teens on JCRC’s MLK Day of Service On Monday I had the honor of joining Governor Baker as he signed legislation releasing an additional $1 million in funding for non-profit security grants; a budget item that we at JCRC have prioritized. Afterward, a member of the press asked me if I was “happy” to be at the State House for … Continue reading On being a force for good »

How the Jewish community can respond to antisemitism – with agency

By JCRC | January 3, 2020

This Friday, a message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. During my first career as a psychotherapist, I worked with people recovering from trauma. Though the details varied from case to case, my focus was supporting each person to face the reality of what she or he had endured, to know in their hearts that they had not caused it, and to marshal the resources needed … Continue reading How the Jewish community can respond to antisemitism – with agency »

It’s Not The Jews’ Job To Figure Out How To Stop Anti-Semitism. It’s Yours.

By Jeremy Burton | December 31, 2019

CJP, JCRC on Spate of Violent Antisemitism in New York

By JCRC | December 29, 2019

We are sickened and horrified by the attack Saturday night on Jews gathered to celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah at a private home in Monsey, New York, a suburb of New York City. According to media reports, at approximately 10:00 p.m., a man wielding a large knife attacked celebrants at the home of an Orthodox rabbi. Five people were injured and hospitalized. Shortly thereafter, … Continue reading CJP, JCRC on Spate of Violent Antisemitism in New York »

JCRC Statement on Non Profit Security Grant Program

By JCRC | December 12, 2019

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 »

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 »