2017 CJP Award Honorees


Please join us in congratulating our 2017 award recipients! Their extraordinary efforts and commitment have earned our admiration and gratitude. We thank all of you, for all you do.

Our honorees were celebrated on September 6 at CJP’s From Strength to Strength event.​

Circle of Excellence Awards and Rabbinic Award

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CJP Superstars

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Core Value Award honorees

Sarah Abramson

Paula Barta, Barnett Helzberg, and Marc Paraison

Ryan DeFronzo

Sara Eisenberg

Judith Forman, Chelsea Friedman, and Rachel Neckes

Abby M. Goldenthal 

Cindy Goodman

Tricia Grueter

Carmen Guerra

Eric Niemi

Molly Paul

Harris Rollinger

Thank You and Farewell to Gil Preuss

Gil has served as CJP’s Executive Vice President at CJP since 2004, and he has been an inspirational leader for our community and an integral part of our CJP family for these past 13 years. He has accepted a position as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (D.C.) and begins his new role in September. This is a huge honor for Gil and a wonderful choice for Washington’s future, but we are sad to see him go!

Gil has been a relentless advocate for our Jewish community in areas including Jewish education, caring for the vulnerable especially through our Anti-Poverty Initiative, Israel advocacy, and community engagement. He has offered inspired direction on everything from strategic initiatives to ways to mentor staff to the development of deep partnerships with both individuals and agencies that benefit our community. 

In his role as Executive Vice President, Gil has overseen both the planning and development functions at CJP and most recently led our 2017 strategic planning process. Gil worked to launch and develop a $45 million initiative to improve Jewish day school education in Greater Boston, directed CJP’s 2008 Strategic Plan, and created a new planning and allocation process to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the Jewish community.

Prior to joining CJP, Gil worked at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and was an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University. Gil has a Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management; an M.A. from Cornell University; and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He and his family have already moved to the D.C. area to ensure that his children are ready to begin the new school year.

Save the Date

Join us to celebrate and honor Barry Shrage's incomparable leadership and 30 years of service to the Greater Boston Jewish community. 
Sunday, April 29, 2018
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
Morning: Come together with our community and study with renowned scholars as we celebrate our shared love of Jewish learning. 
Evening: Festive dinner and program paying tribute to Barry for his tremendous stewardship and celebrating the strength of our community. 
Event details, invitations, and sponsorship opportunities to follow. 
Linda and Michael Frieze
Dena and Michael Rashes

Event Co-chairs