Barry Shrage has served as president of CJP—Greater Boston's Jewish Federation—since 1987. Under Barry's leadership, CJP is focused on three priorities: Jewish education and engaging future generations, strengthening our connection to Israel through community-to-community and people-to-people partnerships, and caring for the most vulnerable in greater Boston. He champions true partnerships between CJP, donors and recipient organizations—inspiring the Jewish community to contribute more than $45 million to CJP's 2012 Annual Campaign.
Barry has been instrumental in the creation of several cutting-edge programs designed to engage the next generation in meaningful Jewish life and create a welcoming, inclusive Jewish community. Projects include Me'ah, an intensive Jewish adult education curriculum; and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a Jewish learning program for parents of young children. Pioneered in Boston, both programs are now being replicated nationwide. Barry also spearheaded a successful incentive grant program that supports Jewish overnight camp opportunities for children. He helped Boston's Peerless Excellence and Affordability projects for Jewish day schools, and initiated innovative efforts aimed at strengthening synagogues and synagogue schools.
Barry is one of Israel's most passionate and effective advocates in Boston. More than 20 years ago, he helped establish the Boston-Haifa Connection, a sister city relationship that has resulted in mutually beneficial social programs. Barry was among the first Federation leaders to embrace the power of Taglit-Birthright Israel, and has worked to send 11,000 Boston-area college students on free trips to Israel. CJP's Birthright Israel Campus Initiative has become a national model that empowers students to become lifelong advocates for Israel.
During the recession that began in 2008, Barry helped to develop CJP's Economic Response, which provided additional funding to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including isolated seniors, immigrants, the unemployed and people with disabilities.
After graduating from City College of New York, Barry earned a master's degree in social work from Boston University. He and his wife, Ellie, live in Newton, where they raised their two children. They have three grandchildren.
Sari Rapkin is an effective leader whose career in public accounting and non-profit involvement in Greater Boston spans 30 years. Sari serves as an assurance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in their Private Company Services practice. Her clients include privately held and private-equity backed companies in the retail, distribution, manufacturing and services industries, as well as several prominent not-for-profit institutions in Greater Boston.
She is a sought-after board member who currently serves on the boards of Mayyim Hayyim, the New Center for Arts & Culture and the Jewish Community Relations Council. She is also a member of the Audit Committee at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. Previously, she served on the board of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston and on the Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Communities (now known as the Jewish Federations of North America). Sari is an ardent supporter of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, North America's Jewish bone marrow donor registry and cord blood bank.
At CJP, Sari currently chairs the Board of Directors. As one of three co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee, she played an instrumental role in the creation of CJP's current Strategic Plan. As treasurer, she served as the chair of the Budget & Finance Committee for four years. Sari also co-chaired the 2006–2008 class of CJP's Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Development Program.
Originally from Rochester, New York, and a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Sari now resides in Needham and is a member of Temple Beth Avodah in Newton.
Larry Greenberg is a respected leader throughout Boston’s business and charitable communities who brings energy and vision to every role he undertakes.
At CJP, he is co-chair of the 2013 Annual Campaign, and also serves on the Board of Directors, Commission on Strategic Priorities, Israel Advocacy Committee and Israel and Overseas Commission. He also serves on the boards of Tenacity, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland and on the United Way’s Youth Opportunities Council Committee. Larry is a national council member for AIPAC and serves on the National Advisory Board of the DNC.
At Fidelity Investments, Larry helped manage the Magellan, Growth Company and Emerging Growth Funds. Larry currently serves as a general partner and working advisor to Alydar Capital, a hedge fund company he founded, which manages more than $2 billion in assets.
Larry received his undergraduate and graduate business degrees from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Beth, have a son and a daughter.
Steve Segal brings both leadership and commitment to his role as co-chair of CJP’s 2013 Annual Campaign. Since 2010, he’s been an active member of CJP’s Board of Directors and continues to be incredibly involved in CJP’s efforts to promote literacy, as well as all issues impacting Israel and social justice.
He currently serves as the treasurer of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Finance Committee at Hebrew College, and is a former trustee of Temple Emanuel and current chair of its Endowment Committee.
Today, Steve is an executive-in-residence/lecturer at Boston University’s School of Management, where he developed and teaches a graduate level course in private equity and leveraged buyouts.
Steve is a co-founding partner of J.W. Childs Associates and today serves as a special limited partner to the firm, where he continues to guide the strategic direction of several of its portfolio companies as a board member. Steve earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He lives in Chestnut Hill with his wife Ellen and their three children.
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