JCRC’s purpose is to define and advance the values, interests and priorities of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston in the public square.
The following statement was issued on June 15, 2017 by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national network of Jewish Community Relations Councils. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs strongly condemns the senseless shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and several capitol police during baseball practice yesterday. We pray for the full recovery of all victims. The shootings are yet another reminder of the … Continue reading JCPA Condemns Shooting of Congressman Scalise
JCRC applauds the Massachusetts State Senate for approving a $75,000 pilot program for physical security enhancements and target hardening at nonprofit and religious institutions throughout the Commonwealth determined to be at high risk for terrorist attack. This initiative is modeled after the federal Non Profit Security Grant program, which is currently limited to nine municipalities in the Boston area, and fills the gap by providing … Continue reading JCRC & State Senate Push for Security Funding
The Jewish community relations field has been around for a long time. JCRCs across the nation were by and large founded in the mid 1940’s. The notion was that if the volunteer leaders and executives of a diverse network of organizations could unite and speak as one with high public officials, publishers, heads of churches, etc… then we as a Jewish communal enterprise could advance … Continue reading Adapting to Action
In March of 2017, JCRC’s Public Policy Committee endorsed legislation banning female genital mutilation (FGM) as consistent with our values and policies to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of girls and women in the Commonwealth. House Bill 2333 and Senate Bill 788, cosponsored by 50% of the legislature, would create a program for education, prevention and outreach for communities that practice FGM, requires … Continue reading
As we celebrate the twentieth year of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy, we also celebrate the values that inspire our work. Values such as: Tikvah – creating hope, including for youth and their future. Tzelem Elohim – believing that all our children are created equally in the divine image, and; Areyvut – our sense of mutual responsibility, including to all our neighbors’ children. … Continue reading Because All Children are Our Responsibility