JCRC Historical Timeline

Advocacy & Organizing

Interfaith Relations

Holocaust Awareness

Soviet Jewry

Community Service

Israel Engagement

  • 1944

    Jewish Community Council Founded

    Newspaper clipping, 1944

  • 1948

    With the founding of Israel, JCRC's "Join Israel Committee" works to mobilize community support for the emerging Jewish state.

  • 1952

    JCRC and other Jewish organizations lobby the United States Congress to prevent restrictive McCarran-Walter immigration law.

  • 1954

    JCRC testifies in D.C. support of the Ives Humphrey Fair Employment Bill to prohibit discrimination in employment.

  • 1969

    JCRC works with the Archdiocese of Boston to form the Catholic-Jewish Committee in order to deepen the understanding between Catholics and Jews.

  • 1973

    Dedication of the Statue of Job at Brandeis University, a monument to the Six Million. Survivors and their families gather here for Yizkor each year.

  • 1973

    JCRC coordinates community-wide observance of the Holocaust in recognition of the thirtieth anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and annual community observances thereafter.

  • 1979

    JCRC holds an interfaith ceremony to mark the signing of the Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt.

  • 1995

    Dedication of the New England Holocaust Memorial

  • 1996

    JCRC convenes a committee on domestic violence, which coordinates an interfatih, multicultural training conference for 150 clergy and lay leaders, "Put a Light on It."

  • 1987

    JCRC helps organize thousands from Boston’s Jewish and non-Jewish community to participate in historic “Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews” , the largest ever Jewish mobilization in Washington, DC.

  • 1997

    Foundation of Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL)

  • 1998

    JCRC's Inaugural Legislative Reception

  • 2004

    JCRC fights to protect marriage equality, after Council votes overwhelmingly to endorse position.

  • 2005

    Foundation of TELEM Volunteer program for Jewish teens

  • 2008

    Foundation of ReachOut! Volunteer program for Jewish young adults

  • 2016

    JCRC helps effect passage of the landmark Transgender Public Accommodations Bill, Pay Equity legislation and a city ballot measure that will generate millions of dollars every year for affordable housing.

  • 2018

    JCRC organizes the Jewish community to support the passage of a sweeping Criminal Justice Reform bill.

  • 2019

    JCRC remains proudly committed to defending Jewish interests and values by naming and combating anti-Semitism wherever it occurs; by advocating for Israel; and by ensuring adequate resources for the agencies providing vital services to our community, all while continuing to expand our mission, innovate, and pursue an expansive and ambitious agenda.