Israel

Encountering Complexity

By JCRC | August 4, 2017

Three weeks ago, JCRC’s latest Christian Clergy Study Tour set out on our journey to Israel. The group comprised thirteen Protestant clergy members from across racial, socioeconomic, denominational and theological lines. Co-chaired by Rabbi Elaine Zecher of Temple Israel of Boston and JCRC trip alum Reverend Kent French of United Parish of Brookline, our group members were African American, West Indian, Latino, and White; Presbyterian, African Methodist … Continue reading Encountering Complexity »

CJP and JCRC Statement on the Murder of the Salomon Family

By JCRC | July 23, 2017

We are reeling from news of the murder of three members of the Salomon family in the West Bank community of Halamish. On Friday night, Yosef and Tova Salomon sat down to Shabbat dinner with two of their children and five grandchildren. The family had gathered to celebrate the birth of a new grandson. As the family waited for guests to join the celebration, a … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Statement on the Murder of the Salomon Family »

JCRC Statement regarding proposed MA Democratic Party Resolution

By JCRC | April 21, 2017

In response to press inquiries regarding the proposed resolution on peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians, JCRC Executive Director Jeremy Burton has offered the following statement on behalf of JCRC: “We share the sentiment of the resolution’s sponsors that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace and security achieved through a two-state solution. However, this resolution presents a simplistic response to a complex conflict. … Continue reading JCRC Statement regarding proposed MA Democratic Party Resolution »

JCRC Urges Withdrawal or Veto of U.N. Security Council Resolution

By JCRC | December 23, 2016

JCRC of Greater Boston believes that, based on a review of the available draft, the resolution to be considered by the UN Security Council this afternoon presents a too broad, un-nuanced, and unproductive approach to Israel’s construction and settlement beyond the Green Line. We do not feel that this resolution – as drafted and considered in such a hasty and secretive manner – is a … Continue reading JCRC Urges Withdrawal or Veto of U.N. Security Council Resolution »

Boston JCRC Statement Regarding Nomination of David Friedman as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

By JCRC | December 19, 2016

The announcement of David Friedman as United States Ambassador-designate to Israel has been received with much discussion and diverse reactions within our community. Many within the organized Jewish community find cause to be hopeful that the coming administration presents an opportunity to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. Not least of the reasons for this optimism are President-Elect Trump’s repeated declarations of concern for Israel’s security and … Continue reading Boston JCRC Statement Regarding Nomination of David Friedman as U.S. Ambassador to Israel »

CJP and JCRC Statement in Memory of Shimon Peres

By JCRC | September 28, 2016

Find a cause that’s larger than yourself and then give your life to it. -Shimon Peres Last night we bid farewell to Shimon Peres (1923-2016), a pioneer, dreamer, and champion of the Jewish people. Over the course of his 70 years in service to the State of Israel, he defended the country in war and took bold risks for peace. From his humble beginnings as … Continue reading CJP and JCRC Statement in Memory of Shimon Peres »

JCRC Statement on Recent Terror Attacks in Israel

By JCRC | October 13, 2015

We are deeply troubled and outraged by the wave of violence perpetrated on innocent Israeli citizens by Palestinian terrorists in recent weeks. Just today, four terror attacks took place in the course of two hours, resulting in the deaths of three Israelis and one Palestinian attacker, and injuring 23 Israelis and 4 Palestinians. “My heart cries for the victims and I stand with Israelis in … Continue reading JCRC Statement on Recent Terror Attacks in Israel »

Courage and Complexity | A Message from Our Associate Director

By JCRC | August 28, 2015

Among my responsibilities as JCRC Associate Director, I have the enviable job of accompanying Christian clergy on Israel Study Tours, experiences that never fail to be both fascinating and intense. I’d like to share a few reflections from this year’s trip. (Also visit The Jewish Journal for an account of the trip in the 8/28/15 issue.) The group we assembled were diverse in every respect; theologically, ethnically … Continue reading Courage and Complexity | A Message from Our Associate Director »

JCRC Statement on Israel’s New Governing Coalition

By JCRC | May 7, 2015

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston congratulates Prime Minister Netanyahu on successfully forming Israel’s next governing coalition.  We reaffirm our commitment to the welfare and security of the State of Israel and all her citizens. We share their hope that the Jewish state, the homeland of the Jewish people, will one day soon be able at long last to experience peace. We will … Continue reading JCRC Statement on Israel’s New Governing Coalition »