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The Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL) mobilizes the Jewish community to help elementary school children discover the joy of reading. Through partnerships with synagogues, Jewish community organizations, day schools and local businesses, GBJCL engages volunteers in school based one-to-one reading tutoring, book drives and advocacy efforts in under-served communities.

Our Volunteers

GBJCL volunteers join literacy teams from synagogues, Jewish organizations, and local businesses. Participants include “empty nesters,” working professionals, at-home parents, retirees, and teens.


GBJCL provides professional training and resources to enable program participants to provide the most effective support to the students and schools they serve. 
GBJCL accepts applicants throughout the year to participate as volunteers in our tutoring program. To share your time and talents supporting students in your area, click here to fill out a volunteer application.

Opportunities to participate include:

• Tutoring an elementary grade student for one hour a week.
• Donating books or organizing a book drive to benefit a classroom,
school, or community center library.
• Forming and leading a new literacy team through a synagogue,
Jewish organization, or business.
• Supporting GBJCL through a donation.
• Special for teens: Join a TELEM literacy track through your synagogue or JCC.

Our Partners

Our school partners are located in Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Dedham, Framingham, Maynard, and Somerville. GBJCL also collaborates with community partners throughout Greater Boston including Cambridge School Volunteers and the Boston Public Schools Office of Community Engagement.

If your organization or company is interested in developing a partnership, please contact Rebecca Shimshak at gro.n1500590661otsob1500590661crcj@1500590661kahsm1500590661ihsr1500590661.

GBJCL Partner Schools

Agassiz Baldwin Community, Cambridge
Dr. William Arnone Community School, Brockton
Ashfield Middle School, Brockton
Barbieri Elementary School, Framingham
Phineas Bates Elementary School, Boston
Beethoven-Ohrenberger School, Boston
Bird Street Community Center, Dorchester
Bridge Boston Charter School, Boston
Brophy Elementary School, Framingham
James F. Condon K-8 School, Boston
George H Conley Elementary School, Boston
Curley K-8 School, Jamaica Plain
Curran Early Childhood Education Center
Edgar B. Davis K-8 Community School, Brockton
Charlotte A. Dunning Elementary School, Framingham
East Somerville Community School, Somerville
Ellis Elementary School, Boston
Emily A. Fifield Elementary School, Dorchester
Edward Everett Elementary School, Dorchester
Green Meadow Elementary School, Maynard
Sarah Greenwood K-8 School, Boston
Henry Grew Elementary School, Boston
Haggerty School, Cambridge
Nathan Hale Elementary School, Boston
Hancock Pre-K-5 Elementary School, Brockton
Arthur D. Healey School, Somerville
Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School, Boston
Hemenway Elementary School, Framingham
Holland Elementary School, Boston
Juniper Hill Elementary School, Boston
Kilmer K-8 School, Boston
John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Brockton
Kennedy-Longfellow School, Cambridge
Lee K-8 Elementary School, Boston
Jackson Mann K-8 School, Boston
JP Manning Elementary School, Boston
John Marshall School, Dorchester
Ellis Mendell Elementary School, Boston
Mason Pilot Elementary School, Roxbury
Mozart Elementary School, Boston
John D. Philbrick Elementary School, Boston
Potter Road Elementary School, Framingham
Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Boston
Franklin Roosevelt K-8 School, Boston
William E. Russell Elementary School, Boston
Frank M. Sokolowski Elementary School, Boston
Mary E. Stapleton Elementary School, Framingham
St. Stephen’s Youth Program, Boston
Lucy Stone School, Boston
John M. Tobin Montessori School, Cambridge
Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School, Boston
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Framingham
Winship Elementary School, Boston

Jewish Partner Organizations

Company and Organizational Partners

Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, Waltham
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, Boston
Reach Out and Read
Raymond James Financial, Boston
Sharon’s Men’s Club, Sharon
SOAR 55, Newton

Synagogues

Beth El Temple Center, Belmont
Temple Beth Avodah, Newton
Congregation Ahavath Torah, Stoughton
Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley, Sudbury
Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel, Newton
Congregation Eitz Chayim, Cambridge
Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline
Congregation Kerem Shalom, Concord
Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Newton
Congregation Or Atid, Wayland
Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton
Newton Centre Minyan, Newton
Temple Aliyah, Needham
Temple Beth Am, Randolph
Temple Beth Am, Framingham
Temple Beth David, Westwood
Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley
Temple Beth Emunah, Brockton
Temple Beth Shalom, Needham
Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham
Temple Beth Zion, Brookline
Temple B'nai Brith, Somerville
Temple Chayai Shalom, Easton
Temple Emanuel, Newton
Temple Emanuel, Chelsea
Temple Emunah, Lexington
Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, West Roxbury
Temple Isaiah, Lexington
Temple Israel, Boston
Temple Israel of Natick
Temple Israel of Sharon
Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline
Temple Reyim, Newton
Temple Shalom of Newton
Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland
Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester
Temple Sinai, Brookline
Temple Sinai of Sharon

Jewish Day Schools

Gann Academy, Waltham
Jewish Community Day School, Watertown
Maimonides School, Brookline
The Rashi School, Dedham
Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston

Jewish Non-Profit Organizations

Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston
CJP Women’s Philanthropy, Boston
CJP Young Leadership Division, Boston
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, New York, New York
Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Brighton
Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Waltham
Jewish Family Services Metrowest, Framingham
Jewish InterAction
Jewish Women’s Archive
Striar Jewish Community Center
Synagogue Council of Massachusetts