Since its earliest years, the field of Jewish Community Relations has been guided by the goal of supporting a secure, democratic and Jewish state in the land of Israel. The JCRC of Greater Boston shared this vision, and we continue to believe that the only way to secure a lasting peace for Israel is through a two-state solution directly negotiated by Israelis and Palestinians. The current political landscape is marked in large part by frustration and despair, and this attitude has led many people to be skeptical of the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The unfortunate reality is that many Israelis and Palestinians believe that they suffer from a lack of visionary leadership; they see their leaders as managing the moment but lacking the courage to take the bold steps needed for a brighter future. We believe that even at this time, where there may be an absence of hope and progress, there are opportunities for the Boston Jewish community to take concrete, constructive action in service of the two-state solution.
JCRC remains committed to the two-state solution, and we are renewing that commitment by launching new initiatives designed to renew hope and to maintain and expand the potential for two states.
For decades, community leaders throughout the Commonwealth have experienced the rich culture, dynamic history, and innovative high-tech economy of Israel with JCRC of Greater Boston.
JCRC Study Tours offer a unique opportunity to meet the people of Israel and to gain a better understanding of the complexities and challenges facing the country and the region.
Participants travel the length and breadth of Israel, learning from government officials and religious, academic, media and business leaders. Participants meet with Jews, Muslims, and Christians; Israelis and Palestinians; and individuals representing a wide spectrum of political and social thought.
At JCRC, we recognize that many people in our community have questions about Israel, its role in American Jewish life, and the future of the two-state solution in the current political climate.
Our Israel Collaborative programs provide opportunities for young adults in Boston’s Jewish community to learn about and support Israelis and Palestinians in their legitimate quests for equality, safety, self-determination, and enduring peace.
The Israel Collaborative is based on two principles: