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The JCRC is the mainstream social justice voice of the Jewish community. As such, we urge you to take this opportunity to turn anti-Muslim rhetoric into an opportunity for dialogue, and to turn misrepresentation into an opportunity for mutual trust to grow between communities. Your website clearly states that the JCRC “promotes a vibrant future for the Jewish community by fostering understanding in greater Boston and around the world.” Because we know that the JCRC is serious about promoting “awareness and eliminate discrimination, hate, and intolerance,” we ask you to reconsider your position on this issue. We urge you to take action by updating your public statement and by leading a resumption of dialogue with the ISB. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this issue with you further and encourage you to contact our staff person, Matt Borus. He can be reached at tekiah@tekiahboston.org.

Please know that we are writing this letter after literal months of deliberations, including conversations with you and other Jewish leaders. We have been pleased to work with the JCRC in the past, and we value our relationship with you. But as a Boston-based Jewish organization interested in justice for all, we find that we cannot stand idly by while this controversy unfolds. As we head into the Passover season, we urge you to remember the lessons of our past, and take this opportunity for reflection and renewal on this difficult issue.

B'shalom,

Stacie Garnett and Corinne Lofchie, Co-Chairs
On behalf of the Tekiah Steering Committee

 

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