Anti-Semitism

CJP/JCRC Statement on August 14 Vandalism of New England Holocaust Memorial

By JCRC | August 15, 2017

We are appalled and saddened that the New England Holocaust Memorial was vandalized Monday night for the second time in just 6 weeks. The images of Nazis marching in the streets of America over the weekend in Charlottesville and now shattered glass once again at this sacred space in Boston are an affront to our Jewish community and to all those who stand-up against bigotry, hatred … Continue reading CJP/JCRC Statement on August 14 Vandalism of New England Holocaust Memorial »

CJP/JCRC Statement on New England Holocaust Memorial Vandalism

By JCRC | June 28, 2017

We are deeply saddened to learn this morning of an act of vandalism that damaged the New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston overnight. Early today one of the Memorial’s 132 glass panels was shattered in an act of vandalism. Each panel is etched with thousands of numbers representing the infamous tattoos inflected on the arms of many of the six million Jews murdered by … Continue reading CJP/JCRC Statement on New England Holocaust Memorial Vandalism »

JCRC’s Statement on the Death of Elie Wiesel

By JCRC | July 3, 2016

We mourn the loss of renowned Holocaust survivor, accomplished author, and Nobel laureate, Elie Wiesel, z”l. Our community and communities across the globe have lost a champion human rights activist and a moral compass, consistently speaking out against violence, repression, and racism. As news of hate and terror comes all too often, we must remember Wiesel’s words – there may be times when we are … Continue reading JCRC’s Statement on the Death of Elie Wiesel »

Boston Globe: ‘Mein Kampf’ publisher will support Holocaust survivors

By JCRC | June 28, 2016

As a result of community advocacy and various negotiations, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has dramatically changed course from their original plans to distribute Mein Kampf proceeds to various Boston-area organizations. The proceeds from the sale of the English translation of Mein Kampf will now be used over a multi-year period to provide direct care to Survivors of the Holocaust though a grant to JCRC partner agency Jewish Family … Continue reading Boston Globe: ‘Mein Kampf’ publisher will support Holocaust survivors »

‘Mein Kampf’ proceeds ought to go exclusively to Holocaust education

By JCRC | May 18, 2016

This letter was first published in the Boston Globe. MAY 18, 2016 IT IS important to keep “Mein Kampf” in print for teaching and learning purposes, and we support Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in doing so (“Keeping ‘Mein Kampf’ in print,” Opinion, May 9); however, we believe that the publisher is making a grave error in diverting funds from Holocaust education to broader educational efforts. We are … Continue reading ‘Mein Kampf’ proceeds ought to go exclusively to Holocaust education »

Telling and Retelling Our Story

By JCRC | April 28, 2016

Last weekend, we participated in Passover seders in what is the most widely observed Jewish experience of the year. Our seders were infinitely varied, from the 30 minute versions, to ones that lasted until dawn; from the child-friendly kind, to those focused on esoteric intellectual debate. What bound them all together was the nature of the storytelling at the center of the seder – the … Continue reading Telling and Retelling Our Story »

JCRC of Greater Boston to Present Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom HaShoah on May 1

By JCRC | April 26, 2016

To honor local survivors of the Holocaust and to pay tribute to those who perished, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) and its partners will present From Holocaust to New Life: How Will We Remember?, a community commemoration of Yom HaShoah, on Sunday, May 1, 10:30 A.M. at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The commemoration convenes the Greater Boston community to remember the … Continue reading JCRC of Greater Boston to Present Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom HaShoah on May 1 »

Joint Statement of AJC Boston and JCRC Concerning Newton Public Schools – April 11, 2016

By JCRC | April 11, 2016

  In recent months there has been increasing concern regarding anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and other matters that affect safety, civility and respectful relations in the Newton public schools.  In an effort to allow community members to share their concerns and generate constructive discussion, Newton Mayor Setti Warren hosted a community forum on April 7th, which was attended by students, parents and interested community members – … Continue reading Joint Statement of AJC Boston and JCRC Concerning Newton Public Schools – April 11, 2016 »

JCRC Condemns Anti-Semitic Remarks at High School Sporting Event

By JCRC | March 13, 2016

Taunting cheers at a high school basketball game took a very dark and troubling turn on Friday night when students from Catholic Memorial High School chanted “You killed Jesus!” at their game against Newton North High School on Friday night. We join with our colleagues at AJC and ADL in both rejecting hatred and expressing our disdain of such anti-Semitic sentiments and also in our … Continue reading JCRC Condemns Anti-Semitic Remarks at High School Sporting Event »

JCRC of Greater Boston Announces Winners of 9th Annual Holocaust Essay Contest

By JCRC | April 13, 2015

(BOSTON) – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston has announced the winners of the 9th annual Israel Arbeiter Holocaust Essay Contest. The theme for this year’s contest was Liberation: From Darkness to Light. Students from Greater Boston in grades 6 -12 were invited to write a 400–800 word essay reflecting on the following quote from Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace laureate and holocaust … Continue reading JCRC of Greater Boston Announces Winners of 9th Annual Holocaust Essay Contest »