Making a bigger difference

This year, your generosity created big impact throughout our Jewish community. We’re so grateful for all you do! You helped ignite passion in the next generation for Jewish life, care for those in need, and ensure our community was safe, secure, and thriving.

Read on for a few highlights of how your generosity — multiplied with support from others in the community — created broad impact in Boston and beyond.

Your gift:

Helped teens to become leaders

“Being a Peer Leadership Fellow through CJP's Jewish Teen Initiative taught me not just the importance of community and inclusion, but the tools needed to create an engaging and successful environment for everyone. I can see the progression of my leadership skills over the past two years, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to grow and connect with the other Fellows.”
— Sophie, Grade 12, JTI Peer Leadership Fellow

Supported Jewish artists

“I use my art to cultivate empathy and understanding for one another and try to communicate larger messages of social justice and responsibility, unlocking the realm of what art can be used to do.”
— Rachel Linsky, CJP and JArts Community Creative Fellow

Encouraged young Jewish couples to build their Jewish homes

“We loved the idea that we can define what our version of a Jewish home looks like. We are more open talking about it now.”
— A couple participating in Modern JewISH Couples — a learning project that supports committed couples on the pathway to partnership, marriage, and beyond, funded by CJP

Cared for Holocaust survivors

Joseph and Maria are Holocaust survivors who came to Boston in 1989 from Ukraine with just a few suitcases and limited English. Now in their mid-80s, Joseph and Maria have been supported over
the years by several of CJP’s Anti-Poverty Initiative partners, including Yad Chessed and Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Currently, Joseph and Maria live on social security income and receive government food benefits. “We have to pay out of pocket for some of my medicine — and for hygiene products — and everything is so expensive. We don’t know what we would do without Yad Chessed.”

Assisted community members in finding jobs

“A client had been unemployed for the past two years after a career switch to a different field which proved unsuccessful. The client came to Jewish Re-Employment Program (JREP) as a last resort, out of money and feeling hopeless. Together, the client and a JREP career counselor revamped the client’s resume and LinkedIn profile and worked on job interview skills. The client has recently been hired into a high-level position in their original field and is thrilled! The client is so appreciative of JREP, which helped make this transition possible.”
— A participant in the Jewish Re-Employment Program (JREP) at Jewish Vocational Services

Strengthened synagogues

“The session from CJP was full of extremely valuable information. I will be our temple president starting in July and what I learned here today will help me to get the new board up and running in the right direction as well as frame a board retreat.”
— Participant in Synagogue LEAP (Leveraging Expertise to Advance Partners) programming, offered by CJP

And so much more — we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for helping us build a brighter Jewish future for us all!