Statements

Message from Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston on Victory of President-Elect Trump

By JCRC | Nov 9, 2016 | Comments Off on Message from Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston on Victory of President-Elect Trump

November 9, 2016 We join with millions of Americans, President Obama, and Secretary Clinton in congratulating President-Elect Donald Trump upon his election yesterday. As Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis has stated, “The right to vote is precious, almost sacred” and confidence in the electoral process is a bedrock principle for our constitutional democracy. As our nation prepares for the peaceful transition of executive … Continue reading Message from Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston on Victory of President-Elect Trump »

CJP and JCRC Statement in Memory of Shimon Peres

By JCRC | Sep 28, 2016 | Comments Off on CJP and JCRC Statement in Memory of Shimon Peres

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 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 »