CJP, JCRC Mourn Passing of Stephan Ross, NE Holocaust Memorial Founder

By JCRC February 25, 2020

Steve Ross (center) with his son Mike It is with deep sadness we write to inform you about the loss of Steve Ross (z”l) who passed away last night. Steve’s enduring strength, humanity, and commitment to conveying the lessons of his experience in the Holocaust to all who would hear him, were a gift we will cherish always. His legacy will live on through the New England Holocaust Memorial and through the lives of all he touched. May his memory be for a blessing. The funeral will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26th, at 1pm at Temple Emeth in Brookline. Rick … Continue reading CJP, JCRC Mourn Passing of Stephan Ross, NE Holocaust Memorial Founder »

JCRC to Name Scott Gilefsky as First Vice President of Board of Directors

By JCRC February 21, 2020

JCRC is pleased to announce that longtime JCRC leader Scott Gilefsky has accepted our Governance Committee’s nomination as the First Vice President of JCRC. We look forward to presenting his nomination to the Council for election this spring. “I am energized and humbled to serve as First Vice President at JCRC next year,” Scott commented. “I am excited to work with Jeremy, the Board, the Council, and our community partners in support of JCRC’s mission: to educate and advocate on issues of vital importance to the organized Jewish community based on consensus, civility, and an expanded commitment to living Jewish values of … Continue reading JCRC to Name Scott Gilefsky as First Vice President of Board of Directors »

Building a Coalition for Peace

By Jeremy Burton February 14, 2020

Photo from one of Boston Partners for Peace’s partner organizations, Roots-Shorashim-Judur This week, a joint message from Executive Director Jeremy Burton and Director of Israel Engagement Eli Cohn-Postell: In the two weeks since President Trump released his administration’s framework for negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, reactions have exposed the pre-existing divides in our discourse about the region and about the way forward. This may be unintended, but it is certainly unsurprising, as a consequence of this latest round of attention to the conflict. Here at JCRC, we did not wake up the morning after the plan was released wondering about … Continue reading Building a Coalition for Peace »

Our Urgent Need to Sustain Faith in Democracy

By Jeremy Burton February 6, 2020

With all the attention given to this week’s fiasco of reporting results in Iowa, I find that I can’t let go of a recent report from the University of Cambridge’s Center for the Future of Democracy that — for the first time — “a majority of Americans (55 percent) are dissatisfied with [our] system of government.” In an article, Yascha Mounk and Roberto Foa (co-author of above report) note: “Citizens have become steadily disenchanted with their democratic systems. As a result, they are more and more willing to vote for extremist politicians who promise to break with the status quo. … Continue reading Our Urgent Need to Sustain Faith in Democracy »