Every year, CJP recognizes volunteers who make a positive impact in our community. Meet the individuals who are raising more money, engaging more people, and driving innovation through CJP.
A CJP Superstar:
ADVOCATES for our community; talks about CJP and how we help people in Greater Boston, Israel, and overseas
CONNECTS others to our work; leverages social, professional, and personal networks while educating peers and starting conversations about CJP
SUPPORTS CJP by securing new and increased gifts, and by getting gift commitments in early
BUILDS our community by participating in important decisions
ENGAGES people in our work; brings others to events and community activities
This Month's Honorees
Steven Berkowitz, Nicole Finkielsztein, and Helene Weiner
Steven, Nicole, and Helene are the Co-chairs of Together at Home, a monthly, virtual series that CJP launched during the pandemic to help young adults remain socially connected and engaged. Each month, the Co-chairs helped design interactive opportunities for young adults to come together, hear from unique speakers, and learn firsthand about CJP’s impact.
Steven, Nicole, and Helene have helped build this new program from the ground up. They are true thought partners who continue to provide critical insight on what young adults are looking for during these challenging times, and how CJP can provide support.
They oversee a steering committee of committed young adult lay leaders who serve as cheerleaders and ambassadors for this program. During a time when research has shown that young adults are lonely and isolated, Steven, Nicole, and Helene have helped more than 130 people in our local Jewish community connect with each other and with CJP in a meaningful way.
The program launch last fall was so successful that they are now leading a spring session, which began with an evening dedicated to mental health. Steven, Nicole, and Helene are fabulous lay leaders who are dedicated to connecting young adults to CJP.
Lynne Elfland, Risa Gewurz, and Abby Fierman
Lynne, Risa, and Abby were the phenomenal Co-chairs who led our first ever Women’s Philanthropy Virtual Mission to Morocco. Together, they put an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and thought behind this virtual experience. They helped think through the various components of the mission from beginning to end, including the theme and itinerary. They thought of engaging and interesting content ideas for participants and then tied everything back to CJP's global work.
Lynne, Risa, and Abby are incredible advocates for CJP who help connect people in their networks to our work. They made sure that this mission would engage others in our community to CJP and one another. They inspired others to give during the mission and kept in mind that this event was not only a way to engage those in our community, but that it was also in service of philanthropy. All three Co-chairs are dedicated to CJP’s mission and they each make a meaningful gift to CJP.
Betsy is a dedicated and passionate volunteer with a deep commitment to the Dnipro Kehillah Project and CJP’s history of work in Dnipro, Ukraine. Over the years, Betsy has traveled to Dnipro many times and has developed personal relationships within the Dnipro community.
In the fall of 2019, she was invited to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, when he visited New York for the U.N. General Assembly — a testament to her recognized role with this community.
Over the last year, with travel to Ukraine impossible, she has joined a weekly staff call with Dnipro to stay connected with our partners. She always keeps the interests of our partnership top of heart and mind.
Betsy is also a member of CJP's Israel and Global Jewish Citizenship Leadership Committee, joining with others to clarify the future direction of this agenda. She is known for being thoughtful and mindful of others’ views. She gives sound advice based on her deep experience as a volunteer and board member in community organizations and as a lawyer and advisor on international business transactions. Betsy’s perspective helps to advance the important work of the Israel and Global Jewish Citizenship Leadership Committee.