JFS and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston hosted a special screening of the award-winning film “My So Called Enemy” at Hebrew College, Newton to facilitate discussions that foster understanding and acceptance in response to an increase in instances of antisemitism and hate in the community.

Mobilizing Social Justice Action

With values deeply rooted in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), JFS serves as an area convener, bringing together thought partners, diverse resources and
critical capacity to a variety of initiatives that empower community members of all ages to join and take action to make our world a better place:

  • JFS Committee on Anti-Racism and Fighting Antisemitism – developing long- term strategies to address hate, discrimination and bigotry in our community, including Training for Active Bystanders so that citizens are equipped to interrupt harm as incidents occur
  • Jewish Emergency Management System – providing security awareness and emergency response coordination, training and expertise
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Day of Service Projects – enabling volunteers to help those in need
  • Jewish Day School and Jewish Teen Initiative Programs – teaching lessons in service, compassion and gratitude
  • Temple Partnerships – engaging in collaborative programming, advocacy and community member support
  • Philanthropic Opportunities for Community Conscious Companies – mobiliz- ing businesses and those employed in Metrowest who want to give back
  • Responsive Reaction – standing in solidarity and supporting our community when our neighbors are affected by acts of hate and violence
  • Resources for Veterans – increasing access to resources for those who served in the Armed Forces
  • Addressing Climate Change – institutionalizing operational changes and building partnerships that reduce impact at a local level
Serving as a community convener, JFS facilitated coordination of the 3rd annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Framingham. Pictured above, CEO Lino Covarrubias stands with members of the Nipmuc Nation.

Program News

Active Bystander Training at Rashi!

The third module of the JFS/Rashi Learning and Leadership Council focused on Active Bystander Training. JFS CEO Lino Covarubbias presented to over 40 young leaders at The Rashi School.  The JFS-Rashi Learning and Leadership Council convenes Rashi Middle School...

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March is National Social Work Month!

National Social Work Month started in March of 1963 by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). This month is a way to encourage support from the public for the profession and highlight all of the incredible work they do each day! In 1984, through a joint...

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