Peace Commission

The Cambridge Peace Commission promotes peace and social justice within Cambridge and in the wider world. The Commission works with other municipal agencies, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the community as a whole to build connections and strengthen relationships, and to promote positive dialogue and foster understanding.

The Commission fosters a community where differences and diversity are understood and celebrated, so that all residents can contribute to making Cambridge an equitable and peaceful community. It pays special attention to traumatic events and violence affecting Cambridge and its residents, and coordinates and supports compassionate community responses to support recovery and healing.

The Commission supports Cambridge’s Sister City relationships, including those with: Les Cayes, Haiti; San José Las Flores, El Salvador; and Yerevan, Armenia. It also celebrates Cambridge residents and local efforts with recognition programs and events, and raises awareness about local and global peace and social justice issues through educational forums, discussions, and presentations.

Cambridge’s Annual Commemoration of the Holocaust
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 • 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Temple Beth Shalom, 8 Tremont St., Cambridge

Jack Trompetter headshot
Recalling all who perished during the Holocaust, this year’s program features an evening of music, candle lighting, and remembrance.

The guest speaker is Jack Trompetter. Isaac Jack Trompetter was born August 1942, in Amsterdam, Netherlands – more than two years into the country’s occupation by Nazi Germany. When he was three months old Jack was separated from his parents and placed into hiding by a resistance group that concentrated on finding “underground” hiding places for Jewish children. For nearly three years he lived with the DeGroot family on a farm, while his parents were hidden hours away in another part of the country. In 1945, after the liberation, his father found him and they returned together to Amsterdam. For the last 24 years, Jack has been active with a local group of Child Survivors of the Holocaust who meet monthly and grapple with issues that are ever-present as they grow older. He has also been an active speaker at high schools, colleges, and other venues..

Music will be provided by cellist Egor Antonenko and the Cambridge Community Chorus. Roma poetry will be shared by Margareta Matache.

The program is free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible. It welcomes all communities of Cambridge – including children and adults and people of all faiths and traditions. 

Temple Beth Shalom is located just off Broadway at 8 Tremont St., between Hampshire St. and Broadway (Tremont St. is one block east of Prospect St., between Central and Inman squares). Limited free parking is available: There will be reserved parking on Broadway along Sennott Park with signs saying “No Parking – Special Event” for the commemoration. Please do not park on Tremont Street out of respect for the Temple's neighbors on that street.

About the Peace Commission

The Peace Commission works in three main areas:

  • Addressing Violence and Promoting Peace in the Community
  • Supporting Diversity, Building Connections and Relationships and Recognizing Peacemakers
  • Connecting with the Community and Connecting Cambridge with the Wider World

To learn more about the work of the Peace Commission visit the "Programs and Services" page.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit the "About Us" page.

In 2014 and 2015, the Peace Commission has continued its work with other municipal agencies, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the broader community to build connections, promote constructive dialogue, and foster community.

To learn more about the recent work of the Peace Commission visit the "Recent Work and Accomplishments" page.

Be part of a Summer of Peace in Cambridge! Summer of Peace Initiative

Every summer, the Cambridge Peace Commission works with schools, youth centers, community groups, churches and religious institutions, the police, artists and musicians — and young people across Cambridge — to create a Summer of Peace.

Take the Cambridge Youth Violence Survey

If you are under the age of 24 and live in Cambridge, you are invited to participate in this short, simple youth survey on Youth Violence. This is a completely anonymous survey that the Cambridge Peace Commission is conducting to hear about what is really happening from the voices that matter -- those of our City's young people!

 Take the Online Survey!

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Contact Information

Brian Corr, Executive Director

51 Inman St.
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Summer Resource Guide

Download the City of Cambridge School Year 2014-2015 Resource Guide (PDF) which contains information on programs and services for all residents -- especially youth and families -- offered by the Department of Human Service Programs.