This week’s grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case in New York has, once again, exposed the ugliness of racial disparities and the differential treatment of black men by our criminal and judicial systems. Following so soon on the heels of the Ferguson grand jury decision, it has become all too clear that these events are not limited to any one locality; rather they … Continue reading Racial Disparity Must End
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
Calls on Congress to pass permanent and comprehensive immigration reforms (BOSTON) – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston supports the executive actions outlined by President Obama last night, which will prevent about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. “American Jews are a community deeply connected to our immigrant experience in this country,” said Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of JCRC. “That history … Continue reading JCRC of Greater Boston Supports Immigration Reform That Will Protect Millions
(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
JCRC is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Boston’s longtime mayor, Thomas M. Menino. Mayor Menino was a key partner of the Boston Jewish community throughout his tenure in public office, most notably in his support and commitment to the Youth Jobs Initiative and his belief that Boston belonged to all of its inhabitants.
Today, JCRC stood with Governor Patrick in support of his plans for Massachusetts to host migrant children, many of whom have left Central America. The details of the request are being worked out, but the Governor has committed to working with federal officials to find a humane solution. “Our faith and values implore us to welcome and treat the stranger with dignity,” said Jeremy Burton, … Continue reading JCRC Statement Supporting Massachusetts Governor’s Plan to Host Migrant Children