Robert Housman always wanted to be a philanthropist, but lacked what is perhaps the most necessary means to be one: money. He founded Yad Chessed Fund, a non-profit organization that helps Jewish families and individuals in need across Massachusetts, in 1989. Read more about how he helps the local Jewish community and how he started this organization:
A mosaic by artist Josh Winer honoring Greater Boston Jewish legend Ralph Kaplan was dedicated last Sunday. Created with community involvement to benefit Cohen Hillel Academy, a Jewish day school in Marblehead, Cohen Hillel students and members of the community at large were invited to help cut and place tiles for the mosaic.
The article on the front page of the Journal on 9/29 regarding the JCCNS turnaround accurately, from my perspective, describes the big picture circumstances surrounding the agency’s significant improvement during the period between the fall of 2012 and the end of 2014. What does get lost and is not covered in full detail (certainly not by design or any fault of the author considering her limitations of space) are the contributions of the very many people before, during, and after the time frame highlighted. The impact of our various Board and committee members, generous donors, program participants and community members that stuck with and contributed to the JCC’s renaissance cannot be underestimated. The other group that must be mentioned is the incredible JCCNS staff, past and current- those people that make it happen on a day to day and year to year basis and particularly the ones that remained loyal and fully committed during the most difficult and uncertain times. These dedicated employees magnificently rose to the challenge and have continued to this day ensuring the Center’s long term sustainability. Despite our well documented success in recent years, no one, let alone me, is prepared to rest on our laurels or in any way become complacent. In fact, we are more energized than ever, lay leaders and professionals, to reach new heights, to serve more people, to expand our community. With that, we are excited about our potential for the future. Thank you all for helping us reach this stage in the long and storied history of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore.
The article can be read here: http://jewishjournal.org/2016/09/29/the-jc-three-how-the-jcc-was-saved/
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