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.
When I was just starting on my own path to becoming a Jewish communal professional, a JCRC director (from another city) patiently explained to me why the national Jewish community relations field organized our policy and advocacy work with one bucket being defined as “Jewish Security and the Bill of Rights.” It wasn’t that we, the organized Jewish community, only care about the Constitution as … Continue reading A Visit with the People’s Lawyer
Boston, MA (January 25, 2017) – Today, An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts was filed by sponsors Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton) and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and Representative Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) and Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk) in a bipartisan effort to prohibit discrimination in state contracts system of Massachusetts. “This bill harnesses the economic influence of our state to strengthen existing anti-discrimination laws and … Continue reading We Stand Together Against Discrimination
Last July, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York accepted an invitation to deliver the invocation at the Republican National Convention. Under pressure from some members of the Jewish community, he withdrew from the event. We share with you the invocation that Rabbi Lookstein had planned to deliver last summer, and we invite you to join us today in reflection on his … Continue reading A Prayer for Our Nation
Dissent: The act of expressing opinions at odds with those officially held. In the Jewish tradition, even God handles dissent with grace. When God tells Abraham about the plan to obliterate Sodom, Abraham objects. He bargains. God listens and negotiates, but ultimately stays the course. The city is destroyed, but the relationship between God and Abraham endures and God fulfills the promise to establish Abraham … Continue reading Our Tradition of Dissent
The Governance Committee of JCRC is pleased to announce that Stacey Bloom has agreed to accept our nomination as the First Vice President of JCRC. We look forward to presenting her nomination to the Council for election this spring. “I’m excited and honored to take on this new role at JCRC next year,” said Stacey. “I look forward to working with Jeremy, the board, the … Continue reading JCRC To Name Stacey Bloom as First Vice President of Board of Directors