Israel

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 »

Israel in the Middle

By JCRC | July 19, 2019

JCRC Study Tour for Labor Leaders with Roots/Shorashim/Judur This week’s message is from Director of Israel Engagement Eli Cohn-Postell. Last Friday, I watched in admiration as Shaul Judelman and Noor Awad unwrapped a new sign as though it were a birthday present. The sign was for Roots/Shorashim/Judur, the grassroots group of Israelis and Palestinians living in the West Bank who come together to foster understanding, … Continue reading Israel in the Middle »

JCRC Leads MA Labor Leaders on Study Tour of Israel

By JCRC | July 8, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 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 labor leaders with an in-depth look into the economic, political, and security challenges and successes facing Israeli society. … Continue reading JCRC Leads MA Labor Leaders on Study Tour of Israel »

JCRC dismayed by decision to empower Otzma Yehudit

By JCRC | February 24, 2019

February 23, 2019 – The JCRC of Greater Boston is dismayed by reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu personally played a role in the electoral arrangement by which the Otzma Yehudit “Jewish Power” party is running on a joint list in the April Knesset elections. Otzma Yehudit was founded by close disciples of Meir Kahane and is the descendent of his Kach party, a designated terrorist … Continue reading JCRC dismayed by decision to empower Otzma Yehudit »