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JOIN FOR JUSTICE
October 17, 2009

I have been involved with a number of organizationsn that have had JOI fellows and I have known a number of JOI fellows. Each fellow has made, at a young age, a major impact on the organization they serve and directly on the people at the organization. There are few non-profits that can claim that and mean it. If we could clone JOI and have in every major city, the impact would really be transformational. I think the aspect of JOI that I really love is the connection between organizing and its roots in Jewish history and text. This makes so much sense to me and can strentghten both the Jewish and the organizing communities at the same time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

multiple organizations - JCRC, Keshet and Gesher City. Each have benefitted from the people and the organizing theory of JOI.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped interview new fellows.

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc.
October 16, 2009

CJP is a great, responsive, innovative and caring organization. It is the nation's oldest federated charity but always more than willing to try something new. My family has benefited from programs created, or funded by CJP: My teen daughters have each participated in Telem, a teen Jewish learning and service project of the JCRC that gets funding from CJP, we have visited programs in Haifa Israel that are funded and run by CJP or JCRC, I have been on an Israel mission of CJP and they encouraged me to lead a UJC Family Mission, which my family enjoyed, I have used funds from the Kraft Passport to Israel program for my kids trips to Israel and so many more. I know that synagogues in the Greater Boston area are partners with CJP to enhance Jewish life on many levels. I don't think there is another federation that listens so closely and adapts to its community like CJP. I am glad it is in Boston!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinary. Just the kind of people with whom I want to spend time and energy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I was at an Israel program.

KESHET INC
June 24, 2009

Keshet is an amazing organization that has helped transform our Jewish community in Boston. I am an ally of all that Keshet does and have seen the conversation around potentailly controversial issues get more normalized and our community really move forward because of the work of Keshet. They do educational work that really gives well meaning people the right tools to effect positive change.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how people view GLBT community members and groups outreach.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

use the movie about Gann for leverage with outher creative types to create other resources and not focus only on the movie.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how much change I have seen in the results of their work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice, inclusive, understanding and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate people across the country in how to make the Jewish community and our GLBT members of it work together on the importnat issues of the day, after Keshet had trained everyone on how to be inclusive.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to Keshet and Keshet had more ways to do deep thinking of strategies.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, reach, money and using their Boston model in other cities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keshet has so many skills that other social change organizations, outside of GLBT issues, could gain from learning from Keshet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped run a training and have helped fundraise.