Keshet to Honor JCRC at Spring Gala

Published March 17, 2016, issue of March 17, 2016.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston will be honored at Keshet’s annual spring gala in Boston for its work for marriage equality in Massachusetts and LGBT rights in the Jewish community and beyond.

The Boston JCRC was the first JCRC in the country to publicly support marriage equality, in 2004. Today, the organization continues to be at the vanguard of social change and justice, currently advocating for full transgender rights in Massachusetts.

Six current and former JCRC leaders will accept Hacham/Hachamat Lev Awards (“one who has both wisdom and heart”) on behalf of the organization: Executive Director Jeremy Burton and his immediate predecessor, Nancy K. Kaufman; board president Adam Suttin and past president Susan A. Calechman; Associate Director Nahma Nadich; and Jane Matlaw, a current JCRC council member and former chair of the board’s public policy committee.

The Jewish Community Relations Council’s purpose is to define and advance the values, interests and priorities of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston in the public square. To achieve these shared values effectively, JCRC and the Greater Boston Jewish community work toward a strong infrastructure of community relations, articulated through building the community’s connection and commitment to civil society, developing the next generation of Jewish leaders, weaving a strong network of Jewish organizations, and investing in deep ties with actors in the public square.

“For more than 70 years, the JCRC of Greater Boston has worked tirelessly and courageously, on the front lines and behind the scenes, for the fundamental rights of all people,” said Keshet Executive Director Idit Klein. “Their support for equality and inclusion are at the very heart of Keshet’s mission, and we’re thrilled to recognize the organization and its current and past leadership for their extraordinary contributions to the Jewish community, the LGBT community and society at large.”

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