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Barry Shrage
President, CJP


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 $48 million to CJP's 2013 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.

Robert J. Small
Chair, Board of Directors


Rob Small has 20 years of experience in private equity investing. Rob joined Berkshire Partners in 1992 and became a Managing Director in 2000. Since 2007, Rob has directed Stockbridge Investors, a specialized investment group within Berkshire focused on marketable securities. Rob received a B.A. from Yale University and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Rob is involved with numerous philanthropic organizations, currently serving on the boards of Friends of the Children Boston, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and is the incoming chair of CJP’s Board of Directors. A graduate of the 2001 Acharai class, Rob has held many leadership positions at CJP including his recent role as chair of the Committee on Strategic Priorities. Rob is currently a member of CJP’s Organizational Development and Budget & Administration committees. He is also the recipient of the 2002 CJP Young Leadership Award and the 2010 CJP Superstar award. Rob enjoys playing golf and skiing, and is an avid sports fan. He lives in the Back Bay with his wife Dr. Christine Small and his son Ezekiel.

Jennifer K. Silver
Chair, 2014 Annual Campaign


Jennifer Silver is a respected philanthropic and business leader whose longstanding involvement at CJP began while she was in college, serving on CJP’s Allocation Committee. Over the past 15 years she has served on CJP’s Board of Directors and on the Strategic Planning, Budget and Administration, Development and Investment Committees.

Jennifer is the outgoing chair of the Hebrew SeniorLife Board of Directors, and is a trustee of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She serves on the Board of Advocates of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and is the former chair of the Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund. She also participates in the Pan Mass Challenge bike-a-thon to raise funds for cancer research.

Professionally, Jennifer is an avid investor who has successfully built several businesses. She is the co-founder and co-managing partner of Redwood Investments, an equity management firm in Newton. Previously, Jennifer was managing director and head of growth investing at Neuberger Berman and managing director of Putnam Investments.

Jennifer has two children and lives in Weston.

Steven D. Krichmar
Chair, 2014 Annual Campaign


Steven Krichmar brings a unique blend of professionalism and passion to his role as co-chair of the 2014 Annual Campaign. He is an instrumental leader at CJP, where he also serves as co-chair of the Financial Services team, and has been a member of the Budget and Administration Committee and the Board of Governors.

In addition to his roles at CJP, Steve also serves on the Board of Overseers at Boston Children’s Hospital and at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. He is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Steve joined Putnam Investments in 2001 and is the firm’s chief of operations, a member of the Putnam Investments Operating Committee and principal financial officer of The Putnam Funds. Previously, Steve was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was the investment management industry leader (assurance) for the Northeast United States.

Steve and his wife Karen have two children and live in Andover, where they are active members of Temple Emanuel.

Officers of the Board

Robert J. Small Chair
Cynthia R. Janower Secretary
Neil A. Wallack Treasurer

Board of Directors

Geraldine Acuna-Sunshine
Susan B. Ain
Nancy Kaplan Belsky
Amy S. Berylson
Michelle R. Black
Bradley M. Bloom
Benjamin Bloomstone
Michael J. Bohnen*
Amanda Clayman
Marsha R. Cohen
Diane J. Exter
Daniel Farb
Lawrence J. Goodman
Penny Goodman*
Shira Goodman
Lawrence D. Greenberg
Jill I. Hai
Cynthia R. Janower
Elizabeth Jick
Douglass E. Karp
Judith A. Kaye
Daniel A. Kraft
Steven D. Krichmar*
Jonathan P. Levitt
Michael J. Mufson
Charles L. Myers
Dale S. Okonow
Sari Anne Rapkin
Shepard M. Remis
Howard Rich*
David Rosenberg*
Philip R. Rosenblatt
Jonathan M. Sandler
Aviva E. Sapers
Steven G. Segal
Sharon Shapiro
Paula L. Sidman
Jennifer K. Silver*
Laurene M. Sperling
Adam L. Suttin
Deborah Cogen Swartz
Jennifer Slifka Vidal
Neil A. Wallack
Abigail Wilk*
Howard L. Wolk

* By Invitation

CJP Senior Team

Barry Shrage President Gil Preuss Executive Vice President Judy Shapiro Chief Operating Officer Zamira Korff Sr. Vice President Development David Strong Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Janet Sanders Vice President Planning Julie E. Somers Vice President Marketing