Wednesday, May 24, 2017                                          Cocktail hour: 6:30
Temple Emanuel, Newton                                           Dinner and program: 7:30


We invite you to join us for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL) at our JCRC Celebrates Dinner.

GBJCL mobilizes the Jewish community to help elementary school children discover the joy of reading and meet their learning goals. Over the past 20 years, through partnerships with synagogues, organizations, day schools and local businesses, GBJCL has placed over 7,000 volunteers in high-needs schools to provide one-to-one tutoring and classroom support to over 10,000 students.

JCRC is proud to honor Mark Friedman with the Barry Shrage Community Builder award

For over a decade, Mark Friedman has been a passionate supporter of JCRC’s Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL). Mark continues to spend every Tuesday tutoring students at the William H. Ohrenberger Elementary School in West Roxbury as part of GBJCL’s Temple Emanuel team.

The Barry Shrage Community Builder award is named in honor of Combined Jewish Philanthropies President, Barry Shrage, who has provided leadership and guidance to Boston’s Jewish community for more than 25 years. In his role, Barry works to create an inclusive, collaborative community that identifies and responds to urgent needs, while ensuring Jewish continuity. Through his own example, Barry inspires others to seek meaningful Jewish lives that are committed to tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Events Committee/Host Committee
* indicates event committee member
** indicates event sponsor

Stacey G. Bloom*, Chair

Debbie Issacson*, Co-Chair
Hans Strauch, Founders Circle Chair
Debby Freedman Belt*  and Erik Belt
Liz Brenner*
Joyce and Michael Bohnen
Lynda* and Jeff Bussgang
Valerie* and Mark Friedman**
Irene and Rabbi Ronne Friedman
Lauren and Bill* Gabovitch
Caroline Gammill and Nathan Rothstein*
Elisha and Sam Gechter
Beth and Scott Gilefsky
Shira Goodman and Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz
Lesley* and Ben Inker
Fredie Kay
Jill Goldenberg and Sidney Kriger
Emily Leventhal and David Rontal*
Barbara and Frank Litwin
Caren and Ben* Pearlman
Rachel and Joel Reck
Andrea Roberts and Mark Foster
Jill and Mitchell Roberts**
Nancy and Edward Roberts**
Shelley and Stuart Rossman
Ruderman Family Foundation (Jay and Shira Ruderman and Sharon Shapiro)
Ben* and Gabrielle Sigel
Jill Smilow and Howard Brick
Hope and Adam Suttin
Sue Tafler and Chuck Koplik*
Georgi J. Vogel Rosen
Lisa and Neil Wallack**
Jennifer and Amiel Weinstock
Nancy Zimmerman and Andrei Shleifer**


Ticket & Sponsorship Opportunities

 Ticket: $200                          Table for 10: $2,000
Sponsorship: $10,000
  • One Newbery VIP table for 10
  • Signage in event slide show and print display
  • Recognition as Newbery Sponsor in event program and on website
  • Acknowledgement in advance materials
  • Verbal recognition at event
Sponsorship: $5,
  • One Caldecott VIP table for 10
  • Signage in event slide show and print display
  • Recognition as Caldecott Sponsor in event program and on website
  • Acknowledgement in advance materials
Children’s Choice
Sponsorship: $3,600  
  • One Children’s Choice Table for 10
  • Signage in event slide show and print display
  • Recognition as Children's Choice Sponsor in event program and on website
For 20 years, over 200 GBJCL volunteers have made profound differences in the lives of Greater Boston’s school children by fostering a love of learning. Please join us in making an even greater impact on the students we serve by contributing books to participating schools. Support JCRC in meeting the goal of providing 2,000 books to students and continuing to create lifelong readers. 
  • Participants have the option of donating books at the event by bringing them in hand or donating via participating synagogues.
  • Participants may select their own book of choice. Please keep in mind that the majority of students from GBJCL are in grades K-5.
  • JCRC requests the books be in new or gently used condition so teachers may use them as educational tools and children may add them to their personal libraries.

For a list of participating drop-off locations or other questions about our BOYB Book Drive, please contact Rebecca Shimshak.

Click here to download our Book Drive flyer (PDF).

For questions about JCRC Celebrates, please contact Lisa Kessel Freedman.