Antisemitism

When Antisemitism gets a pass

By JCRC | June 11, 2021

A message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich: There was a joke I sometimes liked to tell when I was a therapist. A man goes to see a psychiatrist and is asked what seems to be the problem. His answer? “Doctor, I’m dead”. The psychiatrist heaves a sigh of relief, thinking, that this will be a simple delusion to correct. “Tell me”, he says to the … Continue reading When Antisemitism gets a pass »

What Duxbury Needs to Teach Us

By Jeremy Burton | April 1, 2021

Like so many of my generation of Jewish-Americans, I grew up with Holocaust survivors as a part of the fabric of my daily life. Both of my step-parents were hidden children. I had classmates whose parents had survived as teen slave-laborers in death camps. The twin sister of a leader in our synagogue endured horrific medical experiments at the hands of Josef Mengele, the infamous … Continue reading What Duxbury Needs to Teach Us »

Our responsibility to a global Jewish people

By Jeremy Burton | January 29, 2021

The Stolperstein initiative This week, as we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, I’m mulling over an encounter I had with one of the European Jewish communities at the center of the Shoah. As some of you know, I’m keenly interested in the Stolperstein initiative. These “stumbling stones,” small bronze blocks engraved with details about the individual lives of Europe’s Jews who were murdered in the Shoah, … Continue reading Our responsibility to a global Jewish people »

Taking White Supremacy to Court

By JCRC | October 16, 2020

A message from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich: This week, JCRC sponsored a program with Integrity First for America (IFA), a new organization that is literally taking white supremacy to court, by bringing a lawsuit against the masterminds of the violence in Charlottesville. With this week’s news of the foiled attempt to kidnap the Governor of Michigan by violent extremists, the topic was alarmingly relevant once … Continue reading Taking White Supremacy to Court »

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 »