Jeremy Burton, CEO of JCRC , Senate President Karen Spilka, Lino Covarrubias, CEO of JFS, Rabbi Sam Blumberg of Temple Beth Am, Framingham

With the support of Senate President Karen Spilka, JFS received a grant through the Commonwealth to improve the security of the agency’s front entrance. With that grant, JFS was able to replace a glass window door with a ballistic proof door. As a Jewish agency, JFS is vulnerable to attacks fueled by antisemitism, and this grant enabled JFS to improve the security of the agency and better protect staff, volunteers and clients.

Once the new door was in place, a Mezuzah (a small rolled parchment inscribed with scriptural verses to remind Jews of their obligations toward God) was needed to finalize the process. Senate President Spilka and Jeremy Burton, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) were present to say a few words, and Rabbi Sam Blumberg from Temple Beth Am in Framingham installed the Mezuzah at the new entrance.

Many thanks to Senate President Spilka for her support and for helping to ensure that faith-based organizations such as JFS are protected against hate in our community!