Our Team

Executive Team

Jeremy Burton, Executive Director
Jeremy came to the Jewish community from a career in political strategy and public communications, having worked for New York Mayor David N. Dinkins, Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, the 1996 Clinton/Gore Re-Election Campaign, and the New York State Assembly & Attorney General, among others. Jeremy has a B.A. in political science from Queens College of the City University of New York. Previously he was the Senior Vice President of Programs at the Jewish Funds for Justice, and Vice President of Programs at the Jewish Funders Network. Jeremy also served as a board member of Keshet, working for the full inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in Jewish life.

Jeremy writes and speaks widely about challenges and opportunities facing the Jewish community. He has been published in the New York Jewish Week, the Jewish Forward, Zeek, Sh’ma, and the Washington Post: On Faith. The JTA included him in their 2010 “Twitter 100” list of the most influential Jewish voices on Twitter. You can follow him @BurtonJM.

Nahma Nadich, Deputy Director
As JCRC Deputy Director, Nahma Nadich focuses on interfaith and community relations, along with the oversight of an array of programs, focused on engaging Greater Boston’s Jewish community in service, advocacy and organizing. She also serves on the board of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO).  Prior to joining the JCRC in 1999, Ms. Nadich worked as a clinical social worker for over two decades in the Boston area and served as chairperson of the Newton Human Rights Commission. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. She is married to David Belcourt and is the mother of two adult daughters, Rosina and Aliza, and the grandmother of Hana.

Tamar Davis, Chief Development Officer
Tamar came to JCRC after 12 years at Hadassah, most recently as their National Director of Annual Giving. The immediate past Board Chair of the Young Israel of Brookline and now serving on the board of Gateways, Tamar is an active volunteer in the Greater Boston Jewish community. When she lived in Manhattan, Tamar was a Vice President of Congregation Ohab Zedek, a member of JNFuture’s Leadership Ring, and co-founded ViZion, a growing network of professionals working for Jewish, Israel and Zionist-related non-profits (now managed by the American Zionist Movement). Tamar has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Yeshiva University’s Syms School of Business. A proud stepmother and mother to five children, Tamar and her husband, Allan, live in Brookline.

Jonathan Dudley, Director, Finance and Operations

Jonathan has been with the JCRC since March 2018 and is charged with advancing the fiscal and operational position of the organization. Prior to his work here, he worked in similar capacities in higher education in Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.

Management Team

Aaron Agulnek, Director, Government Affairs
As JCRC Director of Government Affairs, Aaron Agulnek advances the public policy agenda of the organized Jewish community at the federal, state and local levels of government. Prior to joining JCRC in 2009, Aaron served as legal counsel to State Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Marian Walsh, responsible for policy analysis, legislative drafting and overall strategy. Aaron is an affiliated professor at Emerson College where he teaches advocacy and argumentation in the Communication Studies department. He serves as the Chair of the Sharon Cooperative Learning Community Board of Directors and is on the Board of the Camp Avoda Alumni Association. He holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He lives in Sharon with his wife and two children.

Eli Cohn-Postell, Director, Israel Engagement
As Director of Israel Engagement, Eli guides JCRC’s Israel engagement strategy and leads Israel Study Tours with elected officials and clergy. Eli holds master’s degrees in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University, where he wrote his theses on the Americanization of Zionism in the 21st century. Eli has been to Israel dozens of times, including living there for a year on the program OTZMA and staffing multiple trips for college students and adults. He is an experienced Israel educator, having taught courses for teens, college students, and adults that focus on Zionism, Israeli history, and current event.

Rachel Lewis, Director, Synagogue Organizing
For the past seven years, Rachie has worked to engage synagogues in campaigns focused on gun violence prevention, affordable housing and increasing investment in renewable energy. More recently, she has been working to engage our community to support and accompany with our immigrant neighbors. Rachie is heartened by the creativity and dedication that so many in our Jewish community have displayed as this work has developed, across denominations and generations. She is an alumna of the AVODAH Service Corps and the Jewish Organizing Fellowship. In her spare time she enjoys playing trombone in her community brass band and writing mystery novels as commentary on the dynamics of the American Jewish community.

Emily Reichman, Director, Service Initiatives
Emily Reichman supervises JCRC’s service programs, which enable thousands of members of the Jewish community to engage in service to the broader community and live out core Jewish social justice values. In addition, Emily manages Holocaust educational programming connected to the New England Holocaust Memorial, overseeing remembrance programs throughout the year, educational tours of the Memorial, and advocacy around Holocaust and genocide education. Emily holds a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University in Urban and Regional Policy, with a focus on non-profit management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont, and is active in local politics.

Staff

Solon Arguello, Associate, Development and Government Affairs
Solon Arguello joined JCRC in February 2017 after graduating from Colby College in Maine. Solon joined JCRC after double majoring in Government and French as well as working in policy research dedicated to studying the expansion of citizenship through localized democratic institutions in post-neoliberal Latin America. At JCRC, Solon’s work focuses on the intersection of Advocacy and Development, including working on JCRC’s legislative and budget priorities as well as stewarding JCRC’s relationships within and without Greater Boston’s political landscape. Solon's legislative interest areas include environmental reform, queer and trans advocacy, and economic and racial justice. Solon is also an avid orchidophile.

 

Shira Burns, Communications Associate
Shira oversees JCRC's digital and print communications, and is passionate about crafting engaging stories and working for social justice. Prior to joining JCRC, Shira was the Communications Associate for Keshet and has interned in publishing at SF's Quiet Lightning, Levellers Press in Amherst, and Vista Magazine in Florence, Italy. Shira graduated Cum Laude from Smith College with a BA in English Literature and Italian Studies, where she served as Vice President of Labrys Literary Magazine. Shira sings in Voices Rising, a choir committed to building community among women, and enjoys playing softball.

Shoshana Edelson, Program Manager, Young Adult Social Justice
As the Young Adult Social Justice Program Manager, Shoshana oversees the ReachOut! volunteer program for young Jewish professionals. In addition to working at JCRC, Shoshana is also a volunteer with their Reading Buddies team through the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL). In her free time Shoshana is also volunteers as a Big Sister with Jewish Big Brother Big Sister (JBBBS) and is a group fitness instructor teaching BODYCOMBAT, BODYJAM, and BODYPUMP.


Grace Farnan, Coordinator, TELEM
Grace is passionate about service learning and loves being able to help youth and teens have meaningful volunteering experiences through TELEM programming. Before coming to JCRC, Grace was an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Portsmouth Housing Authority in New Hampshire. Grace graduated from the George Washington University with a major in art history and a minor in human services & social justice.

 

Lisa Kessel Freedman, Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator
Lisa oversees the logistics and planning for all of JCRC’s events, and is actively involved in Boston’s Jewish Community. She is a 2015 Chai in the Hub award recipient and longtime volunteer and leader for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, a programs for adults with disabilities. Lisa holds a B.A. from Syracuse in English and Textual Studies & Anthropology. She loves to travel and lives in Brookline with her husband Josh and two-year-old son Jack.

Rachel Goldberg, Program Manager, Israel Engagement
As Program Manager, Rachel supports the Boston Partners for Peace program, connecting local leaders and aspiring activists to grassroots Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders. Prior to joining JCRC, Rachel worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), as a Senior Program Officer for Strategic Israel Engagement, helping to launch Boston Partners for Peace. Rachel interned at the Abraham Initiatives in Israel, working to promote shared society initiatives between Jewish and Arab Israelis. She also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Rachel served as the Director of Community Relations at the Consulate General of Israel to New England where she was responsible for coordinating collaboration with minority and interfaith groups, as well as Jewish organizations and their relationship to Israel. Rachel graduated from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and attended Gann Academy in Waltham. Rachel is originally from Needham and now resides in Cambridge.

Carol Pennini, Administrative Assistant
Carol brings 25 years of professional expertise working in the travel industry and overseeing logistical development of group tours, project managing staff in regional offices around the world. Carol is a member of two church choirs, one which sings in assisted living facilities. In her spare time, Carol enjoys handcrafts, outdoor activities, and is an avid fan of the New England Patriots.

Rebecca Shimshak, Director, Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Becca is a Jewish communal professional with many years of experience working locally and nationally in Jewish non-profit education, with pluralistic organizations such as the Foundation for Jewish Camp and Gann Academy. Becca began her education career designing a mentoring tutoring program for Goddard Riverside Community Center in New York City and later managed professional development programs for the Department of Literacy in the Office of Curriculum and Professional Development at the NYC Department of Education. Becca holds a degree in Psychology from Harvard University. In 2015, Becca co-founded Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys. She and her husband Steve live in Needham with their twin toddlers Zoe and Isabella and their dog Lucy.