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
Elyse Balder, Amanda Clayman, and Stephanie Singer
Elyse Balder, Amanda Clayman, and Stephanie Singer were this year’s Women’s Philanthropy (WP) Pomegranate Society & Friends Virtual Mission to India Co-chairs. Elyse, Amanda, and Stephanie did a phenomenal job planning, recruiting, and executing our second WP virtual mission, which is no easy feat!
They were thoughtful about every aspect of the mission including recruitment and fundraising strategies; developing content that would be interesting and exciting to viewers; enhancing the overall experience with a gift sent to registrants before the event; and so much more – they didn’t leave a detail untouched. The Co-chairs, along with the wonderful event committee, were able to get over 300 women registered for the mission to India. This virtual opportunity was very well received, and our WP community is excited for our next virtual travel experience. Elyse, Amanda, and Stephanie are incredible volunteers who are dedicated to furthering CJP’s mission. It was such a pleasure working with these three women and we are so grateful for their leadership!
Nicole Finkielsztein, Lauren Gendzier and Harris Wallack
Nicole Finkielsztein, Lauren Gendzier, and Harris Wallack are the Co-chairs of Together at Home, a virtual series that CJP launched during the pandemic to help young adults remain socially connected and engaged. Nicole, Lauren, and Harris have remained flexible and nimble during an incredibly difficult year as they worked diligently to engage young adults.
Despite COVID-19 variants, ever-changing event guidelines, and the onset of Zoom fatigue, the Co-chairs remained steadfast in their commitment to this program and to engaging young adults in the work of CJP. Time after time, they rolled with the punches, provided sound judgment, and served as CJP’s ears on the ground across the young adult community – ensuring that CJP was able to make strategic decisions for its target audience. After two-plus years of virtual offerings, CJP was thrilled to welcome young adults back in person with “Finally Together!”, a community building and networking event in early April that Nicole, Lauren, and Harris spearheaded with passion. These Co-chairs are true thought partners who continue to provide critical insight on what young adults are looking for and how CJP can meet the moment. We’re so grateful for their leadership as we reposition CJP as a place for connection, learning, and philanthropy for the next generation.
Heidi Pearlson plays multiple roles within CJP and the Greater Boston Jewish community as a leader in Boston’s philanthropic and financial communities. Heidi has chaired events such as the Financial Services Dinner and the Women’s Philanthropy Annual Pomegranate Society and Friends event, has been a participant in our Leadership Learning Circles, and can be found helping the boards of some of CJP's partner organizations understand financial issues and trends.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Managers, which oversees the investments of the Jewish Community Endowment Pool and BILH; she is a long-standing member of CJP’s Investment Committee; is on the Donor Advised Fund Task Force; and she is Chair of the Executive Women’s Mission to Israel planned for September 2022. In every role she takes on, Heidi is warm, hardworking, and committed to creating a thriving Jewish community. She brings and welcomes new faces to CJP through her networks from her board involvement at both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. She shifts easily between people of all ages, backgrounds, and careers, and graciously fulfills the role of ambassador for CJP. Heidi is a valuable leader in all capacities; she has the ability to assess priorities and make critical decisions based on the big picture. We are so grateful for Heidi’s example as a model volunteer!