Antisemitism

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

By JCRC | July 30, 2020

Earlier today, the Massachusetts State Senate 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 … Continue reading JCRC Applauds MA Senate for Unanimously Passing New Law Requiring Genocide Education, Bill Moves to House of Representatives »

The next generation committed to telling our story

By Jeremy Burton | June 26, 2020

The Hebrew month of Tammuz began earlier this week. Later this month we will usher in an intense, three-week mourning period, when I will join many other Jews around the world in fasting and engaging ritual mourning to lament the many calamities in our history, from the destruction of the first Temple through the Holocaust. Commemorating and retelling our history is a sacred obligation, shared … Continue reading The next generation committed to telling our story »

Joint Statement of Solidarity by Jewish Communal Organizations

By JCRC | April 1, 2020

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 | February 25, 2020

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 »

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? »