A blog post from our Executive Director, Jeremy Burton The whole brouhaha over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress is a huge distraction. I personally think it is a terrible mistake to engage in activities that turn Israel and the Iranian challenge into a partisan football. The timing of when Congress passes sanctions – that would take effect only if negotiations fail – is … Continue reading What’s the real deal with Iran?
May the memories of Captain Yochai Kalangel, 25, and Sergeant Dor Haim Nini, 20, be for a blessing and may their families find comfort amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Read TheTower.org article here
We are extremely saddened and horrified by today’s terrorist attack on commuters in Tel Aviv. We condemn Hamas’ reaction to the attack—branding it “a heroic operation”—the latest example of their commitment to the path of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. Those who incite terrorism must be held accountable for their actions. We fully support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks and responsibly protect … Continue reading JCRC responds to terrorist attack in Tel Aviv
This Op ed originally published in The Jewish Advocate On Thursday morning Dec. 18, I returned from a very moving and educational trip to Israel that was organized by the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council ( JCRC). Joining me on what was officially called the “Israel Study Trip” were JCRC staff and over a dozen elected officials from across Massachusetts, including fellow city councilors and … Continue reading Boston city councilor sees Israel in a new light
Massachusetts Community Leaders to Explore Economic Ties to Region (BOSTON) – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston will continue its long history of leading Massachusetts community leaders on a study tour of Israel, providing state and local officials with an in-depth look into the political, security, and economic challenges and successes facing Israeli society. From December 8-18, participants will travel throughout the … Continue reading JCRC of Greater Boston to lead study tour of Israel
Published in The Boston Globe on Tuesday, December 2 — Although Farah Stockman raises some important challenges in her op-ed “Jerusalem, divided,” we are troubled by her emphasis on extreme voices in each community. No mention is given of the 56 percent of Palestinians who told a Washington Institute poll this year that they want their government to renounce violence. No voice is given to … Continue reading Letter to the Editor: Voices of peace, accord are not given an airing
Reposted via Jeremy Burton From our national network of JCRCs – the Jewish Council for Public Affairs – this statement today on the so-called “Jewish State” bill being debated in Israel’s Knesset: “…if the bill does move forward, we urge that any final version be unquestionable in its commitment to the democratic nature of Israel as a state for all of its citizens. No Israeli, … Continue reading JCPA’s Recent Statement on the “Jewish State” Bill
(NOVEMBER 18–BOSTON) Statement by Jeremy Burton, Executive Director, and Jill Goldenberg, President, on behalf of the Jewish Community Relations Council: We are heartbroken and angered as the details of today’s savage attack in Jerusalem emerge. An attack on a house of worship, any house of worship, must be condemned without equivocation. We expect that all people of faith and all leaders of faith communities will … Continue reading JCRC Responds to Attacks in Jerusalem