Statements

JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership

By JCRC | Dec 30, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership

The Jewish Community Relations Council recognizes House Speaker Robert DeLeo on the occasion of his resignation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Speaker and his exemplary staff always had an open door to the Jewish community. He was as comfortable in Jewish spaces as he was in his community of Winthrop, which he represented for almost 30 years. He was always the first to … Continue reading JCRC Thanks Speaker DeLeo for Years of Leadership »

JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights

By JCRC | Nov 19, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) welcomes the Senate budget, which maintains funding for the crucial services and programs long championed by our community. JCRC’s budget advocacy has long been focused on securing funds prioritized by Jewish communal social service partners for critical human services. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a financial crunch on service providers throughout the Jewish and broader community. The public … Continue reading JCRC Applauds Senate for Crucial Funding in Budget and Legislature for Protecting Reproductive Rights »

Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden

By JCRC | Nov 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden

On behalf of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston, we join with millions of Americans in congratulating former Vice-President Joseph Biden upon his election as the next President of the United States. We also congratulate Senator Kamala Harris on her historic election as our next Vice-President. This is a moment that has been generations in the making and is one that will inspire generations … Continue reading Statement on Victory of President-Elect Biden »

JCRC Applauds House Proposal for Crucial Funding in Budget

By JCRC | Nov 5, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds House Proposal for Crucial Funding in Budget

Earlier today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives released its Fiscal Year 2021 budget blueprint, setting up debate for next week. This budget proposal, typically debated through the Spring, was delayed as state leaders assessed the needs emerging from Covid-19 and the resulting economic crisis. The Jewish Community Relations Council welcomes this budget, which maintains funding for the crucial services and programs long championed by our … Continue reading JCRC Applauds House Proposal for Crucial Funding in Budget »

Election Preparedness Strategies Guide for Houses of Worship

By JCRC | Oct 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Election Preparedness Strategies Guide for Houses of Worship

From the Massachusetts Council of Churches, Black Ministerial Alliance, Jewish Community Relations Council and Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center: We know this election season is a time of increasing anxiety. Religious leaders in Massachusetts are working with civic leaders to be prepared for safe and secure voting, the free exercise of first amendment rights, and safety for vulnerable communities. We are also planning for … Continue reading Election Preparedness Strategies Guide for Houses of Worship »

Statement by Board President Regarding Membership Process

By JCRC | Sep 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Statement by Board President Regarding Membership Process

For Release: September 25, 2020   Statement by Stacey Bloom, Board President, JCRC of Greater Boston   In recent weeks, various parties and community members have reached out to express an opinion to JCRC in both public and private communications, about ZOA’s continued membership on the JCRC Council. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the professional leadership of the JCRC, I want to … Continue reading Statement by Board President Regarding Membership Process »

JCRC Policy Statement on Vaccination

By JCRC | Sep 1, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Policy Statement on Vaccination

Case Statement[1] The development and use of vaccinations have been one of the most significant achievements in public health in human history. Many diseases that resulted in widespread suffering and death have been eradicated by the regular use and accessibility of vaccines. Vaccines “trick” the immune system into thinking an infection has occurred. The immune system then attacks the vaccine’s harmless pathogen and protects the body … Continue reading JCRC Policy Statement on Vaccination »

JCRC Comment Regarding petition Challenging the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s Membership in our Council

By JCRC | Aug 31, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Comment Regarding petition Challenging the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s Membership in our Council

August 31, 2020  JCRC has received a petition signed by representatives of seven member organizations and a total of twenty-one members of our Council proposing the removal of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) as a member organization of the JCRC. The letter, in its details, charges that there is “a history of rhetoric” used by the president of the ZOA “that crosses into racist and xenophobic territory” and … Continue reading JCRC Comment Regarding petition Challenging the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s Membership in our Council »

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

By JCRC | Aug 19, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement Welcoming Normalization of Ties Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

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 »

JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

By JCRC | Jul 31, 2020 | Comments Off on JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Last night, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted House Bill 4606 “An Act Relative to the Penalties for the crime of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)”. Governor Baker will have 10 days to sign the bill. FGM is defined by the World Health Organization as removal of all or part of a girls’ healthy sex organs and surrounding tissue for non-medical reasons, often resulting in serious … Continue reading JCRC Applauds Legislature for Passing Bill to Ban Female Genital Mutilation »