Hateful Rhetoric

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 »

Boston JCRC Condemns Incendiary Language Against Muslims

By JCRC | December 10, 2015

The hateful political rhetoric of recent days, condemning Muslims and even calling for them to be barred from entering the United States, violates our most cherished values as Americans and as Jews. It bears reiterating again that the American promise of safe harbor for religious refugees and religious freedom is a principle as old as our republic. Incendiary language intended to foment fear and hatred … Continue reading Boston JCRC Condemns Incendiary Language Against Muslims »

AJC, ADL, CJP and JCRC Call on MBTA to Desist in Display of Hostile Advertisement

By JCRC | November 23, 2015

ADL, AJC, CJP and JCRC jointly call upon the MBTA to immediately comply with their Advertising Standards and desist from displaying a hostile advertisement which is demeaning and disparaging to Israel, Israelis and Jews currently in display at some stations. The ad combines the image of a child with language, including the words “violence” “Israel’s Military” and “Kill”, to unequivocally elicit anger from viewers. At … Continue reading AJC, ADL, CJP and JCRC Call on MBTA to Desist in Display of Hostile Advertisement »

JCRC Statement on the MBTA’s Plans to Ban Political Ads

By JCRC | November 19, 2015

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston applauds the MBTA for reiterating its intent today to ban all political advertising at its stations and property after our expressed concerns with the tenor and distortions in the current ads about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.  JCRC has urged the MBTA to create a forward looking policy to ensure that the validity of political opinion is not subject … Continue reading JCRC Statement on the MBTA’s Plans to Ban Political Ads »