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 »

Antisemitism that defies partisanship

By Jeremy Burton | May 24, 2019

Last week, I wrote about the importance of relying on mainstream institutions and leaders of our community to determine what is antisemitism. I identified three that I, as one individual, look to: the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, and Dr. Deborah Lipstadt. Predictably – I got flak over my choices. I heard from some on the left of our community who objected to these voices. … Continue reading Antisemitism that defies partisanship »

CJP and JCRC Express Concern over Incidents at Local Chabads

By JCRC | May 17, 2019

CJP and JCRC are deeply troubled by three incidents of attempted arson at two Chabad houses this week – one in Arlington and another in Needham. The suspects in both cases remain at large, and police are seeking assistance from the public in identifying one man seen on the Chabad Center for Jewish Life of Arlington/Belmont property – also the residence of the rabbi and … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Express Concern over Incidents at Local Chabads »

Lessons from the Tlaib Controversy

By Jeremy Burton | May 17, 2019

(Alex Wong/Getty Images) American discourse on antisemitism went through yet another round of toxic controversy this week following an interview with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). If you are seeking a deeper and more nuanced understanding of what she actually said, I recommend this editorial by JTA editor-in-chief Andrew Silow-Carrol. And, if you want a quick yet thoughtful read on the problem with the underlying “narrative” … Continue reading Lessons from the Tlaib Controversy »

Building Hope and Resiliency

By Jeremy Burton | May 3, 2019

If you had told me last week that joining a public letter calling out the New York Times for a cartoon would be only the second most noticed message this week about rising antisemitism, I would not have believed you. But if you had told me one year ago that a synagogue shooting resulting in the murder of a Jewish woman wouldn’t even rise to … Continue reading Building Hope and Resiliency »

CJP, JCRC Statement on Synagogue Shooting in Poway

By JCRC | April 28, 2019

CJP and JCRC were shocked and heartbroken at the news of another synagogue shooting at a Chabad center near San Diego yesterday. The shooting, which happened during services marking the end of Passover, occurred six months to the day of the Tree of Life attack in Pittsburgh. It was also the first opportunity for a yizkor (memorial) service for the 11 Tree of Life victims. … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Statement on Synagogue Shooting in Poway »

Anti-Semitic tropes and the conversations that follow

By Jeremy Burton | March 8, 2019

I imagine that by using the term “anti-Semitic tropes” in this lead, you will expect to read a piece about events swirling around Capitol Hill. But I’d like to take a moment to share some insights from a different incident closer to home. Last Saturday night, minutes after coming back online post-Shabbat, I became aware of a piece in Sunday’s Boston Globe Ideas section declaring … Continue reading Anti-Semitic tropes and the conversations that follow »

Deeply Troubling Essay in The Boston Globe

By Jeremy Burton | March 4, 2019

I am deeply troubled and disappointed that The Boston Globe would publish the essay, “A shocking number of Jews have become willing collaborators in white supremacy.” This piece misappropriates Holocaust imagery in a reductive way and amplifies an anti-semitic trope without making the case for the author’s underlying thesis. To apply the term “kapo” to any Jew, and in general to use terminology related to the Holocaust … Continue reading Deeply Troubling Essay in The Boston Globe »

CJP and JCRC Condemn Attack on Argentina’s Chief Rabbi

By JCRC | February 27, 2019

We were horrified and saddened to learn of the attack on Argentina’s Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich and his wife in their Buenos Aires home early Tuesday morning. Rabbi Davidovich, who suffered injuries after being beaten by intruders, remains hospitalized in serious condition. His wife was not injured. The attack is being investigated as an act of anti-Semitism. We pray for his speedy recovery and for … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Condemn Attack on Argentina’s Chief Rabbi »

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 »