A Letter from the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
On June 14, 1944, one week after D Day, sixteen Jewish organizations in Boston came together to found the Jewish Community Council “for the purpose of acting in unity in matters relating to civic protection and fund-raising.”Under the leadership of President Casper Grosberg and an “administrative committee,” this coalition understood that there were collective challenges facing our community 75 years ago that required a collective response.
JCRC History: A Timeline of Milestones
A timeline of major moments throughout JCRC's history. We'll be uploading new photos and facts every month with help from the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center archives!
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JCRC 75th Anniversary Co-Chairs
Justin Lawrence (Jerry) Wyner, JCRC Board Chair 1971-1973
Justin Wyner has been involved in many Jewish and civic activities over the years. A longtime member Boston’s Temple Israel, at different points he has served as president and trustee. At the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), Justin served on the Board of Trustees, then as its president from 1993-1998, and later as chair of the Board of Overseers of AJHS-New England Archives (AJHS-NEA). Much of his work with AJHS has been dedicated to finding the right home for its archival collections. Under Jerry’s administration, AJHS moved to the Center for Jewish History in New York City, while the New England Archives remained in Boston.
Samantha Joseph, JCRC Development Chair
Currently an account manager in Porter Novelli's purpose practice, Samantha counsels leading corporations such as CVS, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Keurig Dr Pepper to think differently about creating social value for employees, customers, investors and communities. For the past ten years, Samantha has worked as a corporate responsibility executive in a variety of capacities including at Iron Mountain where she built the corporate responsibility function and managed all philanthropic, environmental and diversity programs. Samantha has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from Brandeis University. In her free time, Samantha is actively involved in her community. She is a member of the board of directors and development chair for the Jewish Community Relations Council, helping to bring a voice to vulnerable populations. After losing her aunt to suicide, Samantha became motivated to ensure others did not experience the same loss, and became a volunteer and member of the board of directors for Samaritans, a non-profit based in Greater Boston focused on suicide prevention.