Statements

JCRC Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter Platform

By JCRC | Aug 3, 2016 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter Platform

On August 1, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement released a platform, created collectively by organizations representing a range of BLM groups around the country. We are deeply dismayed by elements of this platform, specifically the co-opting and manipulation of a movement addressing concerns about racial disparities in criminal justice in the United States in order to advance a biased and false narrative about the … Continue reading JCRC Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter Platform »

JCRC Statement on Baton Rouge and Dallas

By JCRC | Jul 18, 2016 | Comments Off on JCRC Statement on Baton Rouge and Dallas

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston is shocked and saddened by events yesterday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and earlier this month in Dallas, Texas. We mourn for the brave law enforcement officers who have been targeted and murdered in recent days. It is impossible to sufficiently convey our gratitude to all those in public safety who willingly sacrifice their own safety for … Continue reading JCRC Statement on Baton Rouge and Dallas »

Update on MA Anti-Economic Warfare (BDS) Legislation

By JCRC | Jul 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Update on MA Anti-Economic Warfare (BDS) Legislation

JCRC would like to thank Representative McMurtry and Senator Creem for sponsoring anti-BDS amendments to the House and Senate versions of the Economic Development Bill (H. 4413 and S. 2432) this session. Although both amendments were ultimately withdrawn in recent days, we thank them for their strong support for our community and for Israel. In withdrawing their amendments, it was very clear that the reasons … Continue reading Update on MA Anti-Economic Warfare (BDS) Legislation »

JCRC Applauds Governor Baker, Senate President Rosenberg, and Speaker DeLeo on Historic Passage of Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation

By JCRC | Jul 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

We look forward to joining leaders of the Commonwealth this morning as they gather on the State House steps, including Attorney General Maura Healey, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and state legislators, to celebrate Governor Baker’s signing of the so-called #TransBillMA on Friday. “On this historic day, we will celebrate a decade long effort to protect transgender … Continue reading JCRC Applauds Governor Baker, Senate President Rosenberg, and Speaker DeLeo on Historic Passage of Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation »

JCRC’s Statement on the Death of Elie Wiesel

By JCRC | Jul 3, 2016 | Comments Off on JCRC’s Statement on the Death of Elie Wiesel

We mourn the loss of renowned Holocaust survivor, accomplished author, and Nobel laureate, Elie Wiesel, z”l. Our community and communities across the globe have lost a champion human rights activist and a moral compass, consistently speaking out against violence, repression, and racism. As news of hate and terror comes all too often, we must remember Wiesel’s words – there may be times when we are … Continue reading JCRC’s Statement on the Death of Elie Wiesel »

CJP/JCRC Statement on the Murder of 13 year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel

By JCRC | Jul 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

We awoke this morning to the devastating news that a 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist as she slept in her bed. Later in the day, two Israelis were stabbed and wounded in the central Israeli city of Netanya. Hallel’s mother, Rina, delivered a devastating eulogy for her daughter. In it, she addressed the mother of the 19-year-old Palestinian murderer who was interviewed on a local news site in Hebron and called her son a ‘martyr’ and a ‘hero.’ “I want to address the mother of … Continue reading CJP/JCRC Statement on the Murder of 13 year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel »

Boston Globe: ‘Mein Kampf’ publisher will support Holocaust survivors

By JCRC | Jun 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

As a result of community advocacy and various negotiations, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has dramatically changed course from their original plans to distribute Mein Kampf proceeds to various Boston-area organizations. The proceeds from the sale of the English translation of Mein Kampf will now be used over a multi-year period to provide direct care to Survivors of the Holocaust though a grant to JCRC partner agency Jewish Family … Continue reading Boston Globe: ‘Mein Kampf’ publisher will support Holocaust survivors »

Boston Interfaith Leaders Launch Online Campaign to #DeclareInterdependence

By JCRC | Jun 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Boston Interfaith Leaders Launch Online Campaign to #DeclareInterdependence

 The Boston 12 is a group of area religious leaders, including JCRC Executive Director Jeremy Burton and JCRC Associate Director Nahma Nadich, which has met regularly for a number of years. We are Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. We are members of cousin religions, descendant of Abraham. We are family. The public rhetoric that is borne of the current election season scares us. It is dangerous. It … Continue reading Boston Interfaith Leaders Launch Online Campaign to #DeclareInterdependence »

Statement from Boston JCRC on Orlando Attack

By JCRC | Jun 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we complete our observance of Shavuot tonight, we are heartbroken by the news of the horrifying massacre in Orlando early yesterday morning. We are only beginning to fathom the horror, the unthinkable “firsts” that mark this nightmarish event. It bears repeating that this is the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, the worst gun violence assault ever in our nation, and the … Continue reading Statement from Boston JCRC on Orlando Attack »

‘Mein Kampf’ proceeds ought to go exclusively to Holocaust education

By JCRC | May 18, 2016 | Comments Off on ‘Mein Kampf’ proceeds ought to go exclusively to Holocaust education

This letter was first published in the Boston Globe. MAY 18, 2016 IT IS important to keep “Mein Kampf” in print for teaching and learning purposes, and we support Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in doing so (“Keeping ‘Mein Kampf’ in print,” Opinion, May 9); however, we believe that the publisher is making a grave error in diverting funds from Holocaust education to broader educational efforts. We are … Continue reading ‘Mein Kampf’ proceeds ought to go exclusively to Holocaust education »