For Immediate Release
February 10, 2022
Contact: Shira Burns
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston Names FayeRuth Fisher as Director of Government Affairs; David Cohen as Director of Community Affairs
(Boston, MA) – The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) today announced two new members of its senior leadership team: FayeRuth Fisher, Director of Government Affairs and David Cohen, Director of Community Affairs. As directors, Fisher and Cohen will work collaboratively with the JCRC staff and board, its member organizations, and outside partners to further advances the values, interests, and priorities of the organized Jewish community in Greater Boston.
“In FayeRuth and David we have two professionals who have dedicated their careers to elevating conversations on some very complex, emotional, and important issues,” said Jeremy Burton, Executive Director of JCRC. “I look forward to them joining the JCRC team and helping further our mission of building a vibrant Jewish community that lives our values and advances them in the world.”
Fisher has over 20 years of experience in federal, state, and municipal government affairs. She joins JCRC from 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East where she serves as Massachusetts Political Director, overseeing the political department on behalf of over 70,000 healthcare workers from across the Commonwealth. Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and a master’s degree in social work from Simmons University. She is involved with several community organizations.
“To me, this work is deeply personal and urgent,” said Fisher. “The JCRC of Greater Boston is an effective and well-respected voice on Beacon Hill and I am looking forward to joining the team to further amplify JCRC’s voice as we all strive for a more just and equitable Commonwealth.”
Cohen has spent over 25 years as a Jewish community relations specialist and Jewish educator. He joins JCRC after serving as the JCRC Director for the Richmond Jewish Federation. He previously served as Associate Director for ADL’s office in Boston and as Director of Israel Advocacy for the Jewish Federation in Greater Philadelphia. Cohen holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, a master’s degree in American political history from Boston University, and a master’s degree in Jewish education and organizational leadership from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
“There is no more important work in the Jewish community right now than the work JCRC does to build relationships, provide educational opportunities, and advocate on behalf of the core interests of the entire Jewish community,” said Cohen. “I am excited to start working with my colleagues at JCRC as it continues to play a vital role in the local and national Jewish communal landscape."
Fisher and Cohen will join the JCRC team in March 2022.
JCRC defines and advances the values, interests, and priorities of the organized Jewish community of Greater Boston in the public square. Visit us at www.jcrcboston.org.