Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
JCRC promotes a society that reflects the best of American and Jewish values—in Greater Boston, Israel and around the world—by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community.
Through advocacy, organizing, service and partnerships, JCRC pursues social justice, ensures a vibrant Jewish community, and builds a network of support for Israel.
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In the coming weeks, we can expect to see a series of reflections marking the 10th anniversary of Israel's 2005 disengagement from Gaza under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (such as this powerful photo essay from Ha’aretz this week).
I find that a lot of Americans - including members of our Jewish community - don't fully appreciate how heavily these events from a decade ago weigh on the Israeli psyche today. When JCRC study tours are in Israel, as a delegation is this week, we discu...Read More
This Sunday we will observe the fast of Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the lunar month of Av, on which we commemorate the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago. I have no doubt, especially this year, that you will be inundated with various messages concerning this day, the tradition that “the Temple was destroyed because of Sin’at Chinam (gratuitous hatred among Jews),” and, with the Iran nuclear deal on the table, messages b...Read More
Last week we publicly celebrated the Massachusetts legislature’s agreement to increase the state’s share of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (a refundable tax credit to help low-income workers, particularly those with children) in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Upon seeing that news, you may have wondered, how did JCRC decide to make a statement recognizing this accomplishment, and more generally, how does JCRC decide when and how to make public pronouncemen...Read More
No surprise - there’s been a tidal wave of statements, op-eds, media interviews, talking point memos, and other commentary regarding this morning’s announcement of an Iran Nuclear Deal. We can’t begin to read it all, let alone share it here, but, in addition to JCRC’s statement earlier today, we’ve rounded up some select materials below, including: All statements from our member agencies, as well as one from Prime Minister Netanyahu; Talking points f...Read More
My grandmother, Sarah Faust Burton, was a proud Southern Presbyterian woman who moved from North Carolina to Indiana to build a life with her Jewish husband. Years after her passing, my grandfather encouraged me to embrace a heritage including our family connection to groups like the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. While at first I found his enthusiasm baffling, I came to understand that, in his own way, he thought it was important not to romanticize...Read More
I'm writing this week’s message from Dnepropetrovsk as I prepare to make my way back to Boston, after spending a week representing the Boston Jewish community on an important Jewish Federations of North America mission. I hope you've been following my posts throughout the trip on Facebook. I’ll admit, I've been struggling with what to take away from my third visit to this community I've come to love.
There is so much despair here. There are worries about escalation ...Read More
This Sunday, I will be flying to Ukraine to represent CJP and the Boston Jewish community on an important Jewish Federations of North America mission.
We make this visit in the second year of an ongoing crisis that has not abated. The economy there is struggling, with inflation at about 40%. Tensions continue with Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine continues to work toward building an open, responsive government that aspires to be more integrated into western ...Read More
This coming Wednesday, June 3, will mark the one year anniversary of the terrorist kidnapping and brutal murders of Eyal Ifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel. It is painful to look back at that day, to recall the hope we had for their safe return, and our profound grief at their loss. How innocent we may now think we were to not have foreseen all the challenges of the year since – the violence last summer as Israel responded to attacks from Hamas in Gaza, the anti-Se...Read More
Anyone who has traveled in or out of Boston on the Pike has undoubtedly seen the Stop Handgun Violence billboard near Fenway Park that records and tallies daily American gun deaths since the 2012 Newtown shootings.
Earlier this week, the number on the iconic billboard surpassed 75,000 (an estimate based on an average 83 gun deaths per day). That is 75,000 Americans killed by guns in just 29 months.
As I reflected on the severity of this horrible ‘milestone,’ my thought...Read More
As the details of the State Budget are being debated on Beacon Hill, I am reminded that it is often said that laws are like sausages: it is better not to see them being made. I disagree – and not just because I am a vegetarian or because there is an inference that both are made from pork! In fact, to stretch this analogy a bit further, at JCRC we believe that you should not only see laws being made, but you should be one of the "cooks."Read More
As JCRC prepares its recipe for public po...