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.
In response to press inquiries regarding the proposed resolution on peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians, JCRC Executive Director Jeremy Burton has offered the following statement on behalf of JCRC: “We share the sentiment of the resolution’s sponsors that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace and security achieved through a two-state solution. However, this resolution presents a simplistic response to a complex conflict. … Continue reading JCRC Statement regarding proposed MA Democratic Party Resolution
On the eve of Passover, when we share our national story and reenact our journey, I share with you the story of one of our literacy volunteers and the deep connections she has fostered with her students through their shared life journeys. In May of 1960, Marion Bank was 13 and living in Chile when she experienced the largest recorded seismic event to date. What … Continue reading Beyond Books and Borders
Click here to download our Seder Supplement for 2017/5777, featuring action items and Boston-specific stories about immigrants and refugees. With Passover just over a week away, and many of us already deep into preparations, I ask you to pause with me for just a moment, as we acknowledge some remarkable community-wide efforts addressing issues deeply resonant of themes of the Festival of Freedom. As … Continue reading Four Questions, Four Actions
Dear Rabbi Korff – I have been dismayed by the direction of the Advocate in recent years. In the current issue of the Advocate your employees manipulate facts and narrative to tear down a respected community institution seemingly in service of your own pernicious agenda. The continued attack on an honorable community leader is the latest outrage in the Advocate’s pursuit of shoddy journalistic standards … Continue reading Boston’s Jewish Community Deserves Better than the Jewish Advocate’s Lies
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a weekend retreat of the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI) of the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI). MLI was launched in 2013 under the co-leadership of Imam Abdullah Antepli, director of Muslim affairs at Duke University, and SHI senior fellow Yossi Klein Halevi. Over four years, four cohorts and some seventy participants, MLI has nourished a community … Continue reading Building Bridges with Muslim Leaders