How long have you been involved with CJP – and how did you first get involved?
I traveled to Israel with CJP in 2006 on the Tel Aviv One mission. I returned to Boston with a stronger connection to Israel and the Boston Jewish community – from there I jumped in as a volunteer and never looked back.
What was your first CJP event? And your favorite CJP event/program/moment?
My first CJP event was a pre-trip Tel Aviv One get together.
My favorite all-time CJP event is Senior Prom. Seeing the smiles and appreciation on the faces of the JCHE residents instantly brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. It’s a great way to give back to the community and meet some really nice CJP volunteers.
How would you like to leave your footprint on CJP?
Along with the talented staff and other dedicated volunteers, I would love to help continue to spotlight the amazing work that CJP and partner organizations do locally and overseas, so that more people are compelled to make meaningful gifts.
What’s your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My all-time favorite Jewish childhood memory is being a part of BBYO (B’nai B'rith Youth Organization). It’s where I learned to be a leader, made lifelong best friends and developed a strong connection to Judaism and Israel.
Tell us three fun Jewish facts about yourself.
- I attended JCC preschools in three different states.
- I was the maid of honor in the weddings of my best friend from JCC day camp, my best friend from Jewish overnight camp and my best friend from BBYO. I still talk to all of them on a regular basis.
- During high school I helped start a small Jewish food bank in a large closet at the Reading, Pennsylvania JCC.
If you could have dinner with one Jewish person (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with Howard Cogan, my all-time favorite professor at Ithaca College who passed away in 2008. Creator of the “Ithaca is Gorges” slogan, Howard was an incredible teacher and mentor, and he prepared me for a career in advertising and marketing. I wish I could thank him for his advice and guidance during college and beyond.