The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) welcomed over 200 people to JCRC CELEBRATES ⁄ GENERATIONS OF SERVICE on September 17 to help us recognize and celebrate community leaders who inspire us through their commitment to service.
Through the generosity of our community, JCRC raised $181,000 to benefit our service programs, and we are extremely appreciative to all.
Our Community Service Programs:
The Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL) engages volunteers in school based tutoring, book drives and advocacy efforts in under-served communities across Greater Boston. Each year hundreds of participants help a diverse population of nearly 1000 students meet their goals and discover the joy of reading.
ReachOut! provides Jewish young adults with opportunities to engage in volunteer service in nonprofits throughout Greater Boston. The program supports a community of young professionals who care deeply about improving our community, sharing meaningful Jewish experiences and developing their own leadership skills.
TELEM engages teens in Greater Boston in exploring their Jewish identity through community-based service-learning with their Jewish peers. These experiences aim to foster a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and social justice that is rooted in the Jewish concept of tikkun olam—repairing the world.
Our 2015 Honorees:
Community Legacy Award
Rachel & Joel Reck
Rachel and Joel Reck are committed to helping elementary school children discover the joy of reading. Longtime volunteer tutors with the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy, Rachel and Joel can often be found at the Conley School in South Boston—Joel providing one-on-one tutoring to a third grader and Rachel leading a group of volunteers from CJP's Women’s Philanthropy.
Community Engagement Award
Amanda & Campe Goodman
Noticing a gap in opportunities for Jewish young adults to participate in ongoing volunteerism alongside their peers, Amanda and Campe Goodman visioned Reach
out! and developed tools that have led to its tremendous success. Now in its fifth year, ReachOut! has engaged hundreds of Jewish young adults in service throughout the Greater Boston area.
Barry Shrage Community Builder Award
The Bussgang Family
A remarkable example of engaging the next generation in service, the family of Lynda and Jeff Bussgang is deeply connected to volunteering in the Jewish Community. The Bussgang children have all participated in JCRC’s B’nai TELEM/Ma’asim Tovim partnership program at Temple Beth Elohim. In addition, Lynda is the Multigenerational Program Manager for Hebrew Senior Life creating a portfolio of volunteer opportunities for its students. Jeff plays an active role as a leader in the Greater Boston Jewish Community.