JCRC Legislative Reception

Thursday, March 18 at 5pm
Dale Okonow & Leah Robins, Co-Chairs

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Join JCRC and the MA Association of Jewish Federations (MAJF) for a virtual Legislative Reception to honor outstanding public officials who have demonstrated their commitment to our community's priorities. JCRC works with these public officials to advance the priorities of the organized Jewish community in Boston and ensure funds in the State Budget are allocated to support social service agencies and protect vulnerable non-profit institutions.

The reception will include a Special Remembrance for Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants (of blessed memory) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, a fearless advocate for justice and equality.

Legislative Award Recipients

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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Excellence in Leadership Award

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Senator Will Brownsberger

Legislative Leadership Award


Representative Denise Garlick

Legislative Leadership Award


Representative Chynah Tyler

Legislative Leadership Award

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Jeremy Spittle

Legislative and Policy Director, State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues

Legislative Staff Achievement Award

Legislative Reception Co-Chairs

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Dale Okonow is a past Co-chair of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP) Annual Campaign, and he is currently Co-chair of the 2021 CJP Acharai Program. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Development Committee of CJP and, in the past, served on the Board of Trustees of the Temple Beth Elohim Endowment and the Board of Trustees of The Rashi School. In addition, Dale serves on the Board of Trustees and the Governance Committee of the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston, where he founded the Parkinson’s Family Support Program at that social services agency. Dale also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of ImpactIsrael, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Our Generation Speaks, an organization that fosters cooperation and relationship building between Palestinians and Israelis through start-up business ventures.


Leah Robins is a JCRC Board Member, Vice Chair of JCRC’s Membership Committee, VP of Tremont Street Shul in Cambridge, and was co-chair of JCRC's ReachOut! program for several years. As Senior Government Affairs Specialist at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Leah's work focuses on clean energy and environment-related initiatives and legislation in collaboration with several state and regional coalitions and committees. Before joining MAPC, Leah served as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), which works in partnership with families and communities to keep youth safe from abuse and neglect. Previously, Leah worked in the Massachusetts State House as a Legislative Aide to State Representative Carolyn Dykema.

The Legislative Reception is Generously Sponsored by:





The New England Patriots Foundation