Israel

Statement from JCRC regarding MA State Senator Jamie Eldridge’s Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By JCRC | June 9, 2021

It is utterly shocking that a member of the Massachusetts Senate would elevate Hamas as a legitimate actor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There can be absolutely no moral equivalence between the State of Israel – an American ally, whatever criticisms one may hold about that nation’s government – and Hamas, a designated foreign terror organization, by both the United States and European Union, that is … Continue reading Statement from JCRC regarding MA State Senator Jamie Eldridge’s Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict »

Despair and Hope in Israel

By JCRC | May 13, 2021

Today, at a time when we’re desperately seeking glimmers of hope, and the possibility of a peaceful future, we’re bringing you on a virtual visit with a few special Israeli and Palestinian friends, part of the Boston Partners for Peace community in this blogpost by Eli Cohn-Postell, JCRC Director of Israel Engagement: This was an excruciating week. We at JCRC have been heartbroken watching events … Continue reading Despair and Hope in Israel »

The Science of Collaboration

By JCRC | February 26, 2021

This week, a message from Director of Israel Engagement Eli Cohn-Postell: I always enjoyed school growing up, but science was never one of my strong subjects. I never had a handle on how science actually worked. When doing experiments in school, for example, I always had the impression that I was supposed to come up with a pre-determined answer rather than to test a new … Continue reading The Science of Collaboration »

JCRC Statement Welcoming Normalization of Ties Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

By JCRC | August 19, 2020

The JCRC of Greater Boston welcomes this last week’s announcement that Israel and the United Arab Emirates will move to normalize diplomatic relations. We offer our congratulations and thanks to President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahlan. We hope that this development can serve as a launchpad for further progress toward peace for Israel, the surrounding Arab States, and … Continue reading JCRC Statement Welcoming Normalization of Ties Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates »

Statement on Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz Forming a Government

By JCRC | May 18, 2020

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, on behalf of our organized Jewish community, congratulates Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz on their success in forming a national unity government. It is noteworthy that the coalition includes 73 Members of Knesset, nearly two-thirds of the body. After months of caretaker governments, the new coalition will have greater authority to set national priorities during the COVID-19 … Continue reading Statement on Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz Forming a Government »

The Middle Game

By JCRC | December 20, 2019

This month’s JCRC Study Tour for Elected Officials at the Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem From JCRC Director of Israel Engagement, Eli Cohn-Postell: A game of chess is played in three phases. The opening moves set the stage for the drama to come. Most of the direct action comes in the middle game, where pieces are traded and sacrifices are made. By the end … Continue reading The Middle Game »

JCRC to Lead MA Legislators on Study Tour of Israel

By JCRC | December 5, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2019 Contact: Shira Burns (617) 457-8673 (BOSTON) – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston continues its long history of conducting annual study tours of Israel with Massachusetts community leaders through this month’s study tour, which will provide Massachusetts legislators with an in-depth look into the economic, political, and security challenges and successes facing Israeli society. From … Continue reading JCRC to Lead MA Legislators on Study Tour of Israel »

CJP, JCRC Stand with Israel Amid Rocket Attacks from Gaza

By JCRC | November 12, 2019

More than 150 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel since Tuesday morning. For the first time since 2014, schools and workplaces from Southern Israel to Tel Aviv are shuttered and citizens have been instructed to stay indoors near bomb shelters.  Rocket attacks have been ongoing since an Israeli military strike on a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Israel’s soldiers … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Stand with Israel Amid Rocket Attacks from Gaza »

An Insider’s Guide to Israel’s Second Round of Elections

By JCRC | September 13, 2019

From JCRC Director of Israel Engagement, Eli Cohn-Postell: With local and national campaigns ramping up at home, one could be forgiven for losing sight of Israel’s second election in 2019. Next Tuesday, the 17th, millions of Israelis will cast their ballots and select a new parliament. You may recall that Israelis also went to the polls in April, and this second election is taking place … Continue reading An Insider’s Guide to Israel’s Second Round of Elections »

Over $8 Million Appropriated from MA State Budget to Support Jewish Social Service Network; Awaits Final Approval from the Governor

By JCRC | July 23, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2019 Contact: Shira Burns (617) 457-8673 (BOSTON) – Earlier today, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted its 2020 budget nearly three weeks into the fiscal year, fueling $5 million of new funds to support programs and priorities of the Jewish social service network, benefiting the entire Commonwealth. The conference committee led by Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues and House … Continue reading Over $8 Million Appropriated from MA State Budget to Support Jewish Social Service Network; Awaits Final Approval from the Governor »