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
Senator Sal DiDomenico
Legislative Leadership Award
Senator DiDomenico has proudly served as State Senator for the Middlesex and Suffolk District of Massachusetts since May of 2010. He represents a diverse district that includes the communities of Everett, Chelsea, Charlestown, as well as parts of Allston-Brighton, Cambridge, and the West End of Boston. Throughout his tenure in the Massachusetts Senate, Sal has remained committed to enhancing the lives of his constituents and residents across the Commonwealth. Since his election to the Senate, Senator DiDomenico has been a vocal advocate of ensuring high quality and accessible early education for children in the Commonwealth, improving economic opportunity for working families, and providing world-class healthcare for all children and their families in Massachusetts. Senator DiDomenico currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs. He holds a position in Senate President Karen Spilka's leadership team, joining a select group of members chosen for their ability to lead and their commitment to advancing important issues for the Commonwealth. He also serves as a member of the Joint Committee on Education, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, and the Senate Committee on Steering and Policy. During his time in the State Senate, Senator DiDomenico has filed several major pieces of legislation that have been signed into law focusing on issues of community development, education, children's health, election laws, human services, and public safety. Senator DiDomenico has also been recognized by over thirty organizations for his advocacy in the Legislature and was one of only 22 legislators throughout the United States to be selected as a 2015 Early Learning Fellow by the National Conference of State Legislators.
Representative Claire Cronin
Legislative Leadership Award
Representative Cronin was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the Eleventh Plymouth District, which includes both Brockton and Easton, on November 6, 2012. She is a graduate of Stonehill College and Suffolk University Law School. Cronin is admitted to the Massachusetts bar and also admitted to practice in U.S. District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to being elected, Representative Cronin maintained a law practice in Brockton, Massachusetts. She has been affiliated with Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation in Brockton for the past ten years, where she has arbitrated and mediated cases involving a wide range of issues, including most notably, the landmark settlement of the Massachusetts clergy sexual abuse cases. Representative Cronin served on the board of Old Colony YMCA in Brockton and was also a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education in Easton (FEEE), a non-profit organization that supports the students of the Easton Public Schools by raising funds for state-of-the art technology and innovative grants. Formerly a member of the Brockton Democratic City Committee, Representative Cronin currently serves on the Easton Democratic Town Committee and Democratic State Committee.
Representative Jeff Roy
Legislative Leadership Award
Representative Roy was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 10th Norfolk District in 2012. It is his great honor and privilege to represent the residents of Franklin and Medway on Beacon Hill. He was re-elected in 2014, 2016, and 2018 and was appointed Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. He is the House-Chair of the Manufacturing Caucus, which promotes and encourages “Making It” in Massachusetts. He also serves as a member of the House Committee on Personnel and Administration. In 2011, he was elected to the Town Council in the Franklin, Massachusetts. In January 2012, he was selected to chair the town’s Master Plan Committee. Prior to that, he served on the School Committee, and served as its Chairperson for 9 of his 10 years of service with that board. He also co-chaired Franklin’s Anti-Bullying Task Force.He has worked as an attorney in Massachusetts since 1986, and operates a law firm, Roy Law, in Franklin, Massachusetts. The firm is dedicated to vindicating the rights and expectations of consumers injured at home, work, or play. He has represented clients at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts. In addition, he has appeared in cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Superior Court, the Federal District Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Rhode Island Superior Court, Colorado Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Boston City Council President Kim Janey
Legislative Leadership Award
Kim Janey has been a tireless advocate and a voice for Boston’s children for more than 20 years. Prior to being elected to the Boston City Council, Kim was a Senior Project Director at Massachusetts Advocates for Children, where she led efforts to advocate for systemic policy reforms that would ensure equity and excellence in education for students in Boston Public Schools, with a special focus on eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps for children of color, immigrant children, students who are learning English, children with special needs, and those living in poverty. Kim understands the intersection between the lack of good schools and income inequality, the criminal justice system, and chronic unemployment. As a young girl growing up in Roxbury, she experienced the racial and economic disparities in our communities through our schools. Through her family, however, Kim learned the power of community organizing, resistance, and advocacy. She applied those family lessons in her career and in service to her community. While many know Kim for her work in education policy, she is also very active on a number of boards and civic organizations. In 2009, Kim founded a neighborhood association in Roxbury and served as its president for the first four years. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and the Boston Ward 12 Democratic Committee. In November 2016, she was elected to the Boston NAACP Executive Committee and she has served on MassVOTE’s board of directors for more than 10 years. Kim has been recognized for her service with a number of awards, including the Boston NAACP Difference Maker Award in 2015 and the coveted Sapphire Award in 2017. Elected in an historic election, Kim became the first woman to represent District 7, which includes Roxbury, with parts of the South End, Dorchester, and Fenway. Her priorities include education, housing, small business development, and providing high quality constituent services. With deep roots in Roxbury and the South End, Kim is committed to ensuring that every resident in District 7 has equitable access to opportunities and resources, so that our neighborhoods are stronger, safer, healthier and more vibrant.
Executive Leadership Award
Since November 2018, Brian McKeon has served as an Assistant Chief of Staff for Cabinet Affairs in the Office of the Governor. McKeon’s responsibilities include serving as a key point person in the Governor’s Office to cabinet secretariats for policy matters, process and communication, reports and projects, and state/federal affairs. In addition to his time on the Governor’s Cabinet Affairs team, McKeon has worked in two Executive Branch secretariats since joining the Baker-Polito Administration in February 2015, serving as the Director of Medical Affairs within MassDOT and as the Director of Operations within the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F). In 2017, during his time at A&F, McKeon and his Regulation Review Project teammates received the Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service for their work on the Governor’s Executive Order 562 Regulation Review Project, a comprehensive review initiative which consisted of over 1,700 Executive Branch regulations. McKeon graduated with a bachelor’s in communications from Framingham State University and resides in Hanson, MA with his wife, Nicole, son, Camden, and Golden Retriever, Bailey. McKeon is an avid writer, reader, and serves as a member of his parish’s Finance Council, a small team of selected volunteers charged with recommending and advising their Pastor on parish finances and fundraising opportunities.
Legislative Reception 2020 Co-Chairs
Marsha R. Cohen
Marsha Cohen is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP(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 and Lybrand firms. She subsequently served as the firm’s global treasurer for two years. Marsha currently serves on the Board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 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 Services’ (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, 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.