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Statements from the Boulder JCC

Sent: Friday, June 5 

Dear Friends of the Boulder JCC, 

We, like many in our communities, share in the heartbreak and anger over the murder of George Floyd, the spate of racist events and treatment of protesters across the country, and the systemic racism that continues to exist in the United States. 

Jewish tradition compels us to seek ways to heal the world, call out injustices, and pursue justice. It is up to each of us to make our voices heard, but more importantly, to listen, to learn, and to use our voices to amplify the voices of others. 

We stand in solidarity with the Black community, with Jews of Color, with protesters, and with those taking a stand for change. The power of peaceful demonstration has been evident in the last week and throughout history. 

At a time when many of us are focused on the challenges of Coronavirus, we cannot be deterred in ensuring people are valued and treated with respect and dignity.

The Boulder JCC remains committed to discussing issues affecting our community and providing space for dialogue, understanding, and learning. We are exploring opportunities for sustained, meaningful, and continued learning about racism, allyship, and how to become better people. This work cannot be done overnight. Our commitment must be long-term to work towards the world we envision.

In strength,

Jonathan Lev
Executive Director
Boulder JCC

Lee Strongwater
Board President
Boulder JCC

“If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.” - Barack Obama, How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

 

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