Legislative Reception 2020

POSTPONED: JCRC Legislative Reception on March 26
Out of an abundance of caution, JCRC has made the decision to postpone our Legislative Reception on Thursday, March 26 given recent recommendations from public health officials regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. We apologize for any inconvenience and will be in touch regarding a new date for the reception.

JCRC and the Massachusetts Association of Jewish Federations (MAJF)'s annual Legislative Reception is the premier opportunity for leadership of the Jewish community to engage with state public officials, including members of the administration and the legislature. During the evening, we will honor key public officials for their dedication and showcase our community's ongoing work to:

  • Ensure funds in the State Budget are allocated to support our social service agenda in partnership with Jewish social service agencies and resources to protect vulnerable non-profit institutions.
  • Advocate in support of our public policy agenda, including standing with immigrants and refugees, criminal justice reform, economic justice and education.

Legislative Reception 2020 Award Recipients


Legislative Leadership Award

Senator Sal DiDomenico (Everett) – From his first term, Senator DiDomenico has been a trusted partner on many of our key priorities, most specifically the charge to provide a ladder to economic opportunity for all people. He was the Senate lead sponsor on the recently enacted “Lift the Cap on Kids” legislation to ensure that families in poverty have access to needed supports and has led efforts to provide job training opportunities for immigrants and refugees.


Legislative Leadership Award

Representative Claire Cronin (Easton) – Representative Cronin was the House lead on the ground-breaking Criminal Justice Reform legislation from 2018, pursuing a vision of justice and dignity. Rep Cronin is quickly rising in the ranks of the House and is widely respected as a fierce advocate for her constituents and the advocate community.


Legislative Leadership Award

Representative Jeff Roy (Franklin) – Representative Roy is a strong partner in the fight against rising antisemitism and hatred. As a former School Committee member, Rep Roy views education as a crucial tool in fighting bigotry, and has joined the fight with JCRC, ADL, and our partners by filing a Genocide and Holocaust bill for the past three sessions, with the explicit goal of teaching children across the Commonwealth how unchecked prejudice can escalate to atrocity.


Legislative Leadership Award

Boston City Council President Kim Janey – Council President Kim Janey is a leader on the City Council on issues of equity, civil rights, and criminal justice. She has helped JCRC bring Boston Partners for Peace organizations, comprised of Israelis and Palestinian peacebuilders, to meet with leadership at City Hall. Councilor Janey is a dedicated advocate for education, housing, and small business development, and works to ensure equitable access to opportunities and resources in her district.


Executive Leadership Award

Brian McKeon (Assistant Chief of Staff for Cabinet Affairs – Office of Governor Baker) – McKeon has played a key role in the funding and implementation of the Non-Profit Security Grant program, coordinating conversations with the policy team, the budget writing team, and the Executive Office of Public Safety. He is a dedicated public servant who works tirelessly behind the scenes as a key point person in the Governor’s office to shape the implementation of critical policies.

Legislative Reception 2020 Co-Chairs

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Marsha R. Cohen

Marsha Cohen is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partner. Her career at PwC spanned over 30 years , where she was an audit partner principally serving investment management and retail clients. Marsha spent most of her career in PwC’s Boston office. From 1991 to 1996 Marsha was resident in the firm’s London office where she served as a US GAAP consulting partner to UK and European clients whose securities were traded on US exchanges. Marsha’s other professional accomplishments include serving as the US firm’s Chief Financial Officer during which time she was a member of the team which negotiated the merger of the global Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand firms. She subsequently served as the firm’s global treasurer for two years. Marsha currently serves on the board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), where she co-chairs the Boston-Haifa connection and serves on the organization’s Audit Committee, which she previously chaired. Marsha is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hebrew Senior Life, where she chairs its Finance Committee and serves on its Governance Committee. Over the past two years, Marsha has volunteered in Jewish Vocational Service's (JVS) mock interview program for its graduating students and serves as a mentor for Our Generation Speaks (OGS) fellows, a program for young Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs run in partnership with Brandeis University’s Heller School, MassChallenge, and MIT’s Design X and MISTI programs. Marsha did her undergraduate work at Wheaton College in Norton, MA and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Rabbi Elaine S. Zecher

Rabbi Elaine S. Zecher became Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston on July 1, 2016. She has been at the congregation since 1990 and is the first female rabbi in the history of Temple Israel. She has touched the lives of Temple Israel’s congregants – from the very youngest to our most senior members in many significant and meaningful ways. Rabbi Zecher has been instrumental in adding to the spiritual richness of our congregation. She developed and implemented the Service for the Healing of the Soul. She created the Learner’s Minyan for teaching the fundamentals of the Shabbat Service to adult learners and also “Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!” to teach our very youngest learners. She initiated Study Groups and started Kallot. Her work reaches beyond the physical boundaries of the synagogue as she has created intergenerational experiences for our young adults and senior members. She has also developed original and innovative worship opportunities at Temple Israel’s High Holy Day Services. Rabbi Zecher’s work extends beyond the congregation as she sits on the New England Regional Board of the ADL. She has been instrumental in the development of Mishkah T’filah, the Reform Jewish Movement’s prayerbook for Shabbat, weekdays and festivals and the new Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh. She served as Vice President for Leadership of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and as the Chair of the Machzor Advisory Group. She served on the Board of a new Jewish startup called Tzedek America-a gap year program based in Los Angeles. Presently, she is working on a book about Integrated Theology with her co-editor Rabbi Edwin Goldberg. Rabbi Zecher received a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2013 and was ordained from HUC-JIR in 1988. Upon her ordination she became Program Director and Jewish Resource Director at the Striar Jewish Community Center in Stoughton. She grew up in Monroeville, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Brandeis University. Rabbi Zecher is married to David Eisenberg. They have three grown children.