Hateful Rhetoric

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 »

This Anti-Semitism. And This Anti-Semitism. And Us.

By Jeremy Burton | November 17, 2017

The next two statements will each annoy, at various levels, some part of the organized Jewish community that is represented within JCRC: Rising anti-Semitism and its increasing mainstream toleration on the left in the United States and around the world is a serious concern that we need to name and address as a community. Rising anti-Semitism and its increasing mainstream toleration on the right in … Continue reading This Anti-Semitism. And This Anti-Semitism. And Us. »

CJP and JCRC Statement on Violence and Bigotry in Charlottesville

By JCRC | August 13, 2017

We are heartbroken and outraged by the events in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. We join with the many of our member organizations who have already condemned both the violence perpetrated, and the message of racism, anti-semitism and other xenophobic views we heard today. We are dismayed by the response of the President. This is, as the American Jewish Committee said today, “a time for moral … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Statement on Violence and Bigotry in Charlottesville »

‘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 »

Vulnerability Amidst Rising Anti-Semitism

By Jeremy Burton | May 6, 2016

For some time now we have been experiencing increasing numbers of acts of anti-Semitism in the United States. It has shocked us, especially in recent months as reports of new incidents seem to be a near daily occurrence. We’ve been disturbed here in Boston by multiple acts of anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas – at schools in Newton and Georgetown, in towns like Marblehead – and … Continue reading Vulnerability Amidst Rising Anti-Semitism »

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 »

Statement on Troubling Boston Billboard

By JCRC | April 7, 2016

The JCRC of Greater Boston is appalled by the billboard recently posted in Boston’s North End that denies the existence of the Armenian Genocide. This is a disturbing affront to the Armenian community and to all decent people in Boston. As one neighborhood resident rightly says in today’s Boston’s Globe, this billboard, placed across from the Armenian Heritage Park, is “like putting a Holocaust denial … Continue reading Statement on Troubling Boston Billboard »

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 »