Hateful Rhetoric

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

MBR and JCRC Respond to Hate Speech and Misinformation Campaign

By JCRC | December 27, 2017

We, the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis (MBR) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, condemn in the strongest terms the recent attacks on our colleague and former MBR President, Rabbi Howard Jaffe, by Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) and its director, Charles Jacobs. This group, whose Orwellian name belies their relentless defamation of Boston-area Muslims along with respected … Continue reading MBR and JCRC Respond to Hate Speech and Misinformation Campaign »

Today’s Boston Globe Letters to Editor: Disturbed by portrayal in editorial cartoon

By Jeremy Burton | December 4, 2017

Dear Friends, Today’s Boston Globe features a Letter to the Editor, co-signed with ADL New England, expressing that we are disturbed and offended by the anti-Semitic themes in Friday’s cartoon. Here is the letter in full:   We were deeply disturbed and offended by Ward Sutton’s editorial cartoon in Friday’s edition of The Boston Globe (“Murder on the tax-cut express,” Opinion). While the debate over the tax bill … Continue reading Today’s Boston Globe Letters to Editor: Disturbed by portrayal in editorial cartoon »