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JCRC Condemns Anti-Semitic Remarks at High School Sporting Event

Taunting cheers at a high school basketball game took a very dark and troubling turn on Friday night when students from Catholic Memorial High School chanted “You killed Jesus!” at their game against Newton North High School on Friday night.


We join with our colleagues at AJC and ADL in both rejecting hatred and expressing our disdain of such anti-Semitic sentiments and also in our appreciation for the leadership of Newton North and Catholic Memorial High Schools responding with swift and decisive action. We are also grateful to Cardinal Sean O’Malley for sending a clear message to our community that Anti-Semitism in any form is unacceptable.

CJP, JCRC Condemn Palestinian Terror against Israelis

CJP, JCRC and Boston’s Jewish community were horrified to learn of a series of attacks against Israelis yesterday.

In a single day of violence, 15 people were attacked by Palestinian terrorists. This brings the number of casualties to well over 200 Israelis as well as Americans, Russians and others since September; 34 have died.

Yesterday's attacks were in three locations throughout Israel – in Jerusalem, where a Palestinian attacker shot two border policemen; in Petah Tikvah, where an Israeli was stabbed but managed to remove the knife and fight off his attacker; and in Tel Aviv/Jaffa, where a Palestinian man went on a rampage that killed one and wounded 12 others.

Taylor Force, a 29-year-old graduate student at Vanderbilt University and a U.S. Army veteran, died from his wounds.Taylor Force His wife was severely injured in the attack. Fifteen others are hurt in the series of attacks, some seriously. The victims, as has been the pattern for nearly six months, were chosen seemingly at random - a pregnant woman, young people walking along Tel Aviv’s beachfront promenade, a man on a suburban sidewalk.

The spasm of terrorist violence occurred on a day when Vice President Biden arrived in Israel to reiterate the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security. The Vice President was a little over a mile away from the scene of the attacks, meeting with former Israeli President Shimon Peres, a crusader for peace. The Vice President condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the brutal attacks and added “the United States of America … condemns the failure to condemn these acts.”

We share his affirmation. Attacking people on the street, stabbing a pregnant woman with a knife, shooting random Israelis in uniform, is not a "natural reaction" to disagreement. They are acts of barbarism that violate the very essence of humanity.

We call for an immediate end to Palestinian terror and incitement, particularly on social media, which has inspired so much hatred and bloodshed. As we pray for peace and a two state solution, we remind the world that Hamas’ terrorist leaders continue to encourage, even reward murderous acts, and the Palestinian Authority continues to ignore, and even, at times support violent incitement in the media, schools and websites.

Peace will only come when Palestinians recognize Israel's right to exist and teach it to their children and when Israelis – the majority of whom yearn for peace and a resolution to this conflict - and Palestinians commit themselves to a negotiated and enduring agreement.

As we pray for the injured and mourn Taylor Force, we also stand with the Israeli people who want peace, even as they confront this wave of violence and terror with courage and fortitude.

We reaffirm our support of their desire for peace and a lasting resolution that leads to two states for two peoples, with safety, security and prosperity. 

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston Names Adam Suttin President of Board of Directors

2016 Board and Officers Announced

(BOSTON) May 11, 2015 – The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) has elected Adam Suttin as its new President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Suttin begins his new term today.

Adam Suttin is a partner at J .W. Childs Associates, which he co-founded in 1995. Prior to joining the private equity firm, he was with Thomas H. Lee Company. Adam is a director of six companies within the J.W. Childs portfolio.

Suttin most recently served as First Vice President of JCRC and a member of the Finance, Development, and Governance Committees. A past volunteer with JCRC’s Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy, he has previously served as JCRC’s Treasurer and Chair of the JCRC’s Finance, Development and the TELEM teen service Advisory Committees.

Suttin serves on the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Board of Directors and the Gann Academy Board of Trustees where he acts as Treasurer. He is a graduate of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program, and also a former member of the JVS Board of Directors.

The JCRC Council also approved the slate of officers, board members and community representatives for the 2016 fiscal year. Besides Suttin, JCRC Officers are: Vice Presidents Stacey Bloom, Debbie Isaacson, and Miriam May; Secretary Alex Klibaner; Assistant Secretary Howard Brick; Treasurer Scott Gilefsky; and Assistant Treasurer Campe Goodman.

Newly elected Board members are Darren Black, Alex Goldstein, Fredie Kay, Sam Slater and Amiel Weinstock. Dana Gershon will serve as a Presidential Appointee. For a complete list of the JCRC Council’s Officers, Board of Directors, Community Representatives, and member organizations, visit JCRC Leadership and Structure.

The JCRC Council is responsible for determining the international and domestic policies and positions for which the JCRC publicly advocates in the name of Greater Boston’s organized Jewish community. The Council is comprised of officers, board members, community representatives, and representatives of JCRC's 42 member organizations.

About Jewish Community Relations Council
JCRC defines and advances the values, interests and priorities of the organized Jewish community in greater Boston in the public square.

On May 11, 2015 JCRC welcomed our incoming Officers, Board and Council members, and our exemplary volunteers.


With Gratitude: An Evening of Volunteer Appreciation

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JCRC Statement on Passage of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

JCRC welcomes the overwhelming bipartisan passage by the United States Senate of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.  We thank Senator Warren and Senator Markey for supporting this important legislation.
Iran continues to be a state sponsor of terrorism and a destabilizing threat to the entire region. A nuclear capable Iran poses a threat to the security and interests of United States and to our allies, including Israel.  The organized Jewish community of Boston believes that a diplomatic resolution is the ideal path to end the threat of Iran becoming a nuclear power.  We believe that this legislation provides Congress with an opportunity to assert an appropriate role in this vital foreign policy matter. 
We urge Massachusetts’ Representatives in Congress to work toward speedy action on this bill and to support passage of the legislation in the House without amendments.


Jeremy Burton
Executive Director




Jill Goldenberg

JCRC Welcomes Today’s Bipartisan Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vote on Iran Deal

JCRC welcomes the bipartisan compromise by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on legislation to provide for congressional review of a nuclear deal with Iran, if and when an accord is reached. The organized Jewish community of Boston believes that a diplomatic resolution is the ideal path to end the threat of Iran being able to become a nuclear power. The current framework agreement presents the possibility of a successful deal while also raising areas of concern that need to be addressed in order to ensure that it is a good deal.
Today’s compromise, if adopted into law, will enable our representatives in Congress to ask questions while working with President Obama to ensure the quality of any deal. We hope that the spirit of bipartisanship shown today will establish a new phase in the debate over and the evaluation of these negotiations, one in which our reasonable questions can be addressed thoughtfully and honestly without political manipulation or partisanship of any nature.
We welcome Senator Markey’s vote as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support this bipartisan compromise. We thank him for the time and thoughtful consideration he has given in recent weeks to us and others who are deeply invested in the outcome of these negotiations. We urge the full Senate to take up and pass this compromise bill, which the President has indicated he will sign. We call upon Senator Warren to join Senator Markey in supporting this compromise when it reaches the full Senate.


Jeremy Burton
Executive Director


Jill Goldenberg

JCRC Statement on Developments in Iran Negotiations

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) is following reports today out of Lausanne, Switzerland that a framework agreement has been reached between the P5+1 and Iran.  The organized Jewish community of Boston reaffirms our continued belief that a diplomatic resolution is the ideal path to end the threat of Iran developing the capacity to become a nuclear power.  We appreciate and honor the indefatigable efforts of Boston’s own Secretary of State John Kerry in these negotiations.

At this time, we do not have sufficient information about the details of today’s developments to know whether this agreement achieves the goal of ending the threat of a nuclear Iran. We look forward to learning more and we will be consulting with our member organizations in the coming days. A good deal should and must be able to withstand public debate and scrutiny.

JCRC urges the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to scrutinize any agreement in the days ahead to insure that it is one which achieves its stated goals.  We look forward to hearing the voices of the delegation in support of a good deal for all concerned.

MA Legislature Passes Anti-Semitism Resolution

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) applauds today’s passage by the Massachusetts Senate and House of a joint resolution sponsored by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) and Representative Lori A. Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), which condemns the recent disturbing global surge in anti-Semitism and urges measures to prevent and combat anti-Semitic attacks and incidents. JCRC recognizes and appreciates the work of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in advocating for such a resolution. JCRC thanks the Massachusetts Legislature for today’s resolution and its unequivocal opposition the increasing incidents and expressions of anti-Semitism throughout the world and its support of expanded anti-bias and Holocaust education programs.

Jeremy Burton Statement on Boston Herald Article

In an article published in today’s (2/18/15) Boston Herald (Elizabeth Warren can raise stature if she stiffs Bibi), a statement was attributed to me that I did not make regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress. The Herald has since updated the online version of the article to no longer suggest that I said that “[Warren] skipping the event won’t cost her.”

It is deeply unfortunate that this statement was initially attributed to me. I share the anger of those members of our community who see this quote as in any way diminishing the value of their voices in the conversation about whether members of our congressional delegation should attend the speech as an expression of respect and support for the US-Israel relationship.

What I told this reporter and what I have said often in recent weeks is that it is a vital concern of the Boston Jewish community as well as to the people of Israel that the US-Israel partnership - which our congressional delegation has historically and strongly supported – must not become a partisan issue in Washington.

Reasonable people have concerns about the timing of the Prime Minister’s address to Congress. Some will choose to attend and some will not. We are not encouraging or discouraging Senator Warren or the rest of the Massachusetts delegation from attending the speech.

I have had many discussions with Senator Warren about the Iranian nuclear threat and I know she takes these issues seriously and examines them with great thoughtfulness.  Senator’s Warren’s decision to attend or not attend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next month should not be the defining factor of how her strong and ongoing support for the US-Israel relationship is perceived.

The speech, and who attends it, is not the issue. The real issue is the serious threat of a nuclear capable Iran. We cannot take this threat lightly and we need to have an honest, thoughtful discussion without partisan rhetoric or divisive actions for political gain. Regardless of the decisions individual members of our delegation make in the coming week about attendance, we look forward to working with them to ensure that the US-Israel partnership continues to be a robust one, and to examine the issues related to the Iranian threat in a fair and thoughtful way.

Jeremy Burton
Executive Director
Jewish Community Relations Council

JCRC Condemns Fatal Attacks in Denmark

We are horrified and heartbroken by yet another act of terrorism in Europe, this time in Copenhagen. This heinous act left two people dead - one at a cafe where a seminar on freedom of expression was taking place and one outside a synagogue where a bat mitzvah was being celebrated - and wounded at least five police officers. We express our condolences to the people of Denmark and our solidarity with the Jewish community who are reeling from yet another anti-Semitic act of terror perpetrated against them. 
The global Jewish community will continue to stand with our brothers and sisters in Europe and elsewhere who are under attack. We affirm and demand that Jews must have the right to live freely, openly, and safely as Jews. Governments have the responsibility to protect Jewish communities, and all communities, from hate, violence, and attacks on our freedoms. We commend the government of Denmark for doing exactly this last night, providing police protection at the city’s main synagogue. We mourn the death of Dan Uzan, a volunteer security guard and member of the Danish Jewish community; his actions and those of the two injured police officers prevented a potentially much greater loss of life inside the synagogue.
Reports at this hour indicate that this act of terrorism may have been inspired by Islamist propaganda. We stand with all decent people in the struggle against this extremist, supremacist ideology that is filled with hatred and backed by violence. We affirm that this is a struggle against Islamist terrorism, not a struggle against the vast numbers of decent people in the global Muslim community.
Europe is experiencing a concerted attack on Western values, including freedom of speech, as we saw again yesterday. Those who are attacking the West are also choosing to single out Jews specifically. Anti-Semitism in all its forms is a challenge that needs to be named without equivocation and confronted directly without hesitation.


Jeremy Burton
Executive Director, JCRC


Jill Goldenberg
President, JCRC