Antisemitism

An Urgent Agenda

By Jeremy Burton | February 22, 2019

It has been over twenty years since the American Psychiatric Association deemed so-called conversion therapy (attempts to “repair” a person’s sexual orientation) to be harmful. Still, shockingly, 698,000 LGBTQ adults, including about 350,000 people who received treatment as adolescents, have been subjected to this traumatic practice in the U.S. alone.  Last month, after years of effort, the practice was banned for minors in New York, making … Continue reading An Urgent Agenda »

The Chorus of Remembrance

By Jeremy Burton | February 1, 2019

Sylvia Ruth Gutmann was seven years old when, in 1946, she boarded a ship to America with her two sisters. Four years earlier, in a French internment camp, they had been torn away from their parents. While they were hidden for a time in France and then smuggled into Switzerland, their parents were each sent by cattle car to the death camp at Auschwitz and … Continue reading The Chorus of Remembrance »

A Special Post Announcing A Decision Made by Our Council Last Night

By Jeremy Burton | January 18, 2019

Seventy-five years ago, in 1944, a group of Jewish organizations in Boston formed a coalition to confront threats to the Jewish community, including and specifically anti-Semitism. That coalition, JCRC, came to act as a representative voice of the organized Jewish community, and over time, its constituent organizations developed abiding principles and values that live on in our mission statement. JCRC’s priorities and agenda have evolved … Continue reading A Special Post Announcing A Decision Made by Our Council Last Night »

Protecting our community while protecting our values

By Jeremy Burton | November 30, 2018

This week we marked the shloshim for those murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh by white supremacist gunman Robert Bowers; the 30 days following burial in which mourners refrain from some everyday practices and communities engage in performance of mitzvot to honor the dead. This past Friday night the Jewish community experienced another attack on a congregation, this time in the Hancock … Continue reading Protecting our community while protecting our values »

Our City’s Collective Responsibility

By JCRC | November 16, 2018

This week: a message from JCRC’s Emily Reichman, Director of Service Initiatives (R), and Shira Burns, JCRC Communications Staff. On Monday, in an auditorium full of high school students visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust survivor Esther Starobin asked: “Is there anything specific you’re hoping to see here today?” Sherley Maximin’s hand shot up. Sherley is this year’s first place winner of JCRC’s … Continue reading Our City’s Collective Responsibility »

Standing Together During a Really Bad Week

By Jeremy Burton | November 2, 2018

It’s a bit of a “bad joke” amongst certain political and interfaith partners of ours that if we are gathered more than twice in one week it has been a bad week. This past week has been a really bad week. Like all of you, I was shattered last Shabbat by the news out of Pittsburgh. And, on Saturday night, I was struck by the … Continue reading Standing Together During a Really Bad Week »

CJP, JCRC Joint Statement on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

By JCRC | October 28, 2018

Community Vigil Scheduled Tomorrow (Sunday, Oct. 28th) on the Boston Common at 2:00pm. Today, during a Shabbat service of reflection, prayer, and celebration, 11 people were murdered and another six injured by a suspected anti-Semitic, xenophobic extremist at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history. We are as devastated as we are horrified. … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Joint Statement on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting »

“How Could it have happened? When will it stop?”

By Jeremy Burton | September 27, 2018

Each year on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Jews around the world visit the graves of their parents to honor their memories. For many Holocaust survivors and their families, there are no graves to visit. Instead, JCRC and our partners host a Yizkor Service for our community’s local survivors and their families, a program that includes survivor testimony. When I heard the … Continue reading “How Could it have happened? When will it stop?” »

We can no longer say that anti-Semitism is in retreat

By Jeremy Burton | June 1, 2018

“Burton” isn’t a traditional Jewish surname. My grandfather was born Moshe (Milton) Bergstein. He grew up in Harlem in the 1920s along with his younger brother Levi (Louis). Louis aspired to become a sports journalist, but he knew a Jewish-sounding surname wasn’t going to get him on New York radio. So he changed his name, and his older brother – wanting to share a family … Continue reading We can no longer say that anti-Semitism is in retreat »

JCRC of Greater Boston to Rededicate New England Holocaust Memorial at Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration

By JCRC | May 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2018 Contact: Shira Burns (617) 457-8673 (Boston, MA) – 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 Rededication to Resiliency, a community commemoration of Yom HaShoah, on Sunday, June 10th, 10:30 am, at Faneuil Hall in Boston. This annual … Continue reading JCRC of Greater Boston to Rededicate New England Holocaust Memorial at Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration »