Investing in Our Community

Highlights from Fiscal Year 2019

Community is one of the defining characteristics of Jewish life. The Greater Boston Jewish community is bound together by our shared history, our values, and our commitment to care for the most vulnerable among us. The work of bringing people together and inspiring and mobilizing community is what we do. It is a key reason why CJP exists, and it’s how we live out our mission to create positive change. For 124 years, CJP has played a role in bringing people together to achieve shared hopes and dreams. The difference your support has made in this community, and in people’s lives, is difficult to fully capture. Your partnership makes CJP’s work possible and this community strong. 

Inspiring Meaningful Connections to Judaism and Jewish Life

By every measure, we are a community of communities, more diverse than ever before. With more than 300,000 people in Greater Boston who self-identify as being Jewish, CJP and our partners ensure the opportunities to engage in Jewish life are representative of our diversity. Your support builds connections between generations, creates the leaders of tomorrow, and makes it possible for people of every age, life stage, ability, and affiliation to find meaning and purpose in their own Jewish story. A few highlights:


325 new parents and their newborns were welcomed into our Jewish community through an in-home visit by a representative from Welcome Baby!, complete with information on family-friendly events and community resources.

403 older adults participated in Jewish Family Service of Metrowest Healthy Aging programs, which provide opportunities for social engagement and spiritual and religious connections.

61 teens became strategic grant makers, applying learnings from the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston to award $155,000 to organizations solving problems related to immigration, child abuse, and the environment.

180 teens from Dnipro, CJP’s sister city in Ukraine, participated in Active Jewish Teens, a program of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee that helps teens develop Jewish identity and leadership skills. 


2,500 people experienced Israeli culture and history, as well as a window into life in Haifa, through the eyes of four Shinshinim: Israeli high school graduates who spend a year in the U.S. before their military service.

Across the region, in homes, cafes, and classrooms, 627 people gathered in small groups to explore and learn together through Open Circle Jewish Learning.

500 students on 30 campuses nationwide were newly immersed in ongoing Jewish learning through our IACT program.

444 young adults joined pop-up batei midrash last spring to explore connections between text and Rosh Hashanah and Passover celebrations.

A Shinshin’s Story

“Every time I recall, I was a part of something special in Boston—I remember how much I cherish those feelings; I cherish those moments. I love Boston, not just because I was there for year — no, it’s because I have a family there. Today, as an education officer in the navy, I think I bring the knowledge about the Jewish community in the United States. When I was there [in Boston], I represented Haifa and Israel. Now I represent the Jewish community in Boston and the United States.”

Sapir, 2018-2019 Shinshin

A Shinshin is an Israeli high school graduate who spends a year in the U.S. before their military service.

Developing Lasting Solutions for Positive Change

In Boston, Israel, and in Jewish communities around the world, your support is an investment in working together to create real and lasting solutions to systemic social problems.

  • We formed a coalition with the Bank of America Foundation and United Way to support a first-in-the-nation replication of the HomeStart Renew Collaborative—an innovative model that has saved the City of Boston $1 million by preventing evictions and keeping families housed and stable.
  • The community-wide approach of our Anti-Poverty Initiative has been recognized as a national model and has helped more than 5,300 members of our local Jewish community. 
  • 1,000+ at-risk Israeli families received critical supports through Parents at the Center (PAC), and thousands more have been helped since the program expanded to seven new cities and a second Haifa location. PAC is a government-approved program, and municipalities in Israel can access public funds to replicate it in their communities.
  • JVS’s Transitions to Work employment and training program for people with disabilities has become so successful that it is now funded through the Massachusetts State budget—a result of the advocacy done through our partnership with the Jewish Communal Relations Council.


National Recognition

Boston’s anti-poverty work was highlighted on the keynote panel at the first National Convening on Jewish Poverty hosted by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in March. During the convening, CJP and our partners shared key learnings about cross-agency collaboration, measurement, and evaluation. (Pictured here are Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, and CJP's Sarah Abramson, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Impact.)

Investing in Organizations

For many of us, Judaism is defined by our communities and the institutions that bring us together in prayer, learning, service, and connection. CJP is committed to ensuring that the organizations that nurture community, continuity, spiritual life, and civil discourse are safe and empowered with the tools and resources needed to fulfill their missions.


CJP’s security team trained 2,000+ people from local synagogues, day schools, and other Jewish institutions on everything from basic security concepts to active threat response and de-escalation techniques. Additionally, the CJP-JEMS Communal Security program offered more than $150,000 in security infrastructure grants to Boston-area Jewish day schools, preschools, and Jewish community centers.


CJP helped secure more than $564,000 in government funding for Jewish day schools to enhance critical programs and support meaningful professional development. CJP will continue to work with our Catholic School counterparts, school leadership, and state and federal agencies to ensure that non-public schools receive their share of public funds.


CJP’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) collaborated with the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis to facilitate five workshops for 146 rabbis and lay leaders and provided significant organizational and professional support to Jewish communal leaders and organizations across Greater Boston.

Investing in Our Community’s Leaders

“Through the years, our temple has turned to CJP’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) for many types of assistance with leadership questions, and we have always appreciated the wisdom provided by LDI’s staff to help us meet those challenges. We are, without a doubt, the clear beneficiaries of CJP’s vision to invest in synagogue leadership through LDI, and we are grateful for that vision.”

LDI met with this synagogue’s leadership on numerous occasions and played a critical role in planning and facilitating their board retreat. Following the attacks in Pittsburgh and San Diego, LDI also helped facilitate an important conversation about safety and security.

Transforming Ideas into Impact

Thank you for helping CJP and our partners create positive, systemic change in our community and beyond. Our Jewish community — our values, our tradition, our history — helps us navigate these evolving times where many people are seeking connection. We are deeply appreciative of your support that helps inspire, mobilize, and engage members of our community to strengthen Jewish life and improve the world.

Your generosity helps us achieve far more than we could fit on this page. Explore the following reports for an in-depth look at the work you support.

For more information on the difference your gift has made, contact Cheryl January at 617-457-8510 or