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Dear Leaders,

We had scheduled this email yesterday, planning to send you a note with best wishes for a new year. Instead, we experienced a day that shook our country to its core. We paused, reflected, and instead sent out a message from Rabbi Marc Baker to the community about how we must begin the work of mending the brokenness in our nation.

As we reflect on the events at the Capitol yesterday, we keep coming back to the notion of fragility. Things we might take for granted — democracy, freedom, stability — they are fragile. We have to fight for them. Because people of color, members of minority groups, the elderly, and people struggling with financial insecurity and other challenges are the most vulnerable when the essence of our country and our national character is threatened.

Yesterday's riots at the Capitol were also an affirmation, a reminder — however jarring — of just how much the work of your organization matters every day, and even more so during frightening and disorienting moments in our nation’s history. You are essential and your work helps sustain and lift up communities, especially now.

Thank you for everything you are doing to help improve the world, and we hope you join with us as we pray for peace and stability in our country and a better, happier 2021.

Wishing you a healthy and happy start to this new year,

Sarah Abramson, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Impact

Kimberlee Schumacher, MBA
Vice President, Partnerships and Services


           Resources for Partner Organizations
           Resources for Synagogues
           Updates on the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund


LEAP: Innovation & Leading Through COVID
Wednesday, January 27 | 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Virtual event

CJP is excited to announce a special joint leadership session presented in partnership with Catholic Charities of Boston and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley: Innovation & Leading Through COVID, featuring keynote speaker, Professor Dutch Leonard, of Harvard Business School.

Leaders should think of themselves as the architects of the conditions for innovation. In this interactive session, Professor Leonard will help us reflect on what conditions led to rapid innovations during COVID and how we can sustain the conditions for the long term.

Professor Dutch Leonard is George F. Baker Jr. Professor of Public Management at the Kennedy School and Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration and Co-chair of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School. He teaches leadership, organizational strategy, crisis management, and financial management. His current research concentrates on crisis management, corporate social responsibility, and performance management.


New guide for reporting antisemitic incidents
Anti-Defamation League New England (ADL) and CJP are pleased to announce a new collaboration which has resulted in the creation of an informative resource guide to effectively support our community members in reporting antisemitic or bias incidents.

Everyone has a role in confronting antisemitism and hate when they see or experience it. This guide provides a step-by-step approach to reporting, which is a very important action in standing up and speaking out about antisemitism and hate. By reporting, you are helping us monitor trends, improve communal security, direct resources where the needs are greatest, and advocate for funding to combat bias and bigotry in our communities.

Please share this guide widely and remind your community to report incidents on this website.

Expand Your Organization’s Reach with
Tuesday, January 12 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET | Virtual Event

Join Board Chair Shira Goodman, Immediate Past Board Chair Cindy Janower, and the team to learn how you can promote your organization to over 90,000 users per month — for free., an initiative of CJP, is the digital home for Boston’s Jewish community. Hear how you can take full advantage of this robust resource to share your events, programs, and mission with a broad audience, as well as how the latest site enhancements will set your organization up for success.


Please invite anyone from your organization you think would benefit from this training.

Helpful resource from Nutter on new stimulus package
The U.S. Congress passed the long-awaited bipartisan stimulus package on December 21, 2020. According to, this package includes significant changes to the existing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as an opportunity for certain businesses to seek a second PPP loan (a “second draw loan”) if they meet specific financial metrics. Click here for a summary of the changes and details on eligibility for a second draw loan. We encourage you to reach out to your bank if you are interested in pursuing this option.

Federal Nonprofit Security Grants
During calendar year 2020, 40 Jewish organizations in Massachusetts received over $2.2 million in Federal and Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) funds to improve their physical security infrastructure. The CJP Communal Security Initiative provided support to many successful applicants, and in 2021 we want to support you!

The time to prepare is now, as the FY 2021 notice of funding opportunity is likely to be announced in the next two months and there may only be a two-week window to submit applications. We strongly encourage organizational leaders to consider applying for a grant this coming year. Grants are available to organizations in the Metro-Boston area and throughout the state, and we encourage all eligible institutions to apply. For more information, please email us and/or sign up for our newsletter where we will announce when the grants are open to the public.

CJP’s Communal Security Initiative (CSI) supports a thriving Jewish community by providing (no-cost) security services to approximately 200 Jewish organizations in the CJP catchment area. For information on free services and resources — as well as grant application information — we invite you to visit the CJP CSI website.

Virtual Development Convenings*
Hosted by Jennifer Weinstock,
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at CJP
Mondays: January 11, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 21 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Please join Jennifer on these open Zoom video calls to ask questions and discuss how we are fundraising during these unpredictable and challenging times.

*We encourage you to share information about these convenings with your development colleagues and have them sign up for this email.



Synagogue Seminar Series — Solicitation Training
Tuesday, January 19 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET | Virtual event
Are your staff, board, and development committee comfortable asking for the philanthropic support your synagogue needs to be sustainable and innovative? Come learn step-by-step from Consultant Nanette Fridman on how to make the ask and practice roleplaying both a donor and a solicitor in this interactive session.

Nanette Fridman, MPP, J.D., is a strategist and coach for values-driven organizations and leaders. She is the President of Fridman Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in governance, fundraising, strategic planning, and leadership development. Nanette speaks and trains across North America and is the author of On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About Nonprofits & Board Service and Holding the Gavel: What Nonprofit Board Chairs Need to Know.

Please invite your synagogue’s development professionals, development committee, or any board members you think would benefit from this training.


Emerging Synagogue Trends and the COVID Crisis: Envisioning a Jewish Future
Tuesday, February 2 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET | Virtual event
In this webinar with Dr. Steven Windmueller, you will learn about the trends influencing synagogues and the ways in which COVID-19 has increased organizational pressure to increase impact and efficiency. Innovative examples will be shared from across the country.

Dr. Steven Windmueller is Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Studies at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles where he served as director of its School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and dean of the L.A. campus.

Please invite anyone from your organization you think would benefit from this webinar.


(with recordings and slide decks where available)

Explore content of past webinars and view related materials.


Stay up to date on our weekly grants to our partner organizations from the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund.

As of today, the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund has raised $2.62 million from more than 1,700 gifts. This amount includes part of the matching grant from JFNA. Dollars raised for and mobilized from the Emergency Fund are part of CJP’s $10+ million COVID-19 response. We are grateful for this outpouring of support, and we are proud of how all of you at our partner agencies have used these funds to respond to critical needs.

CJP is focused on the health and well-being of our entire community. Visit’s Coronavirus Community Resources page for up-to-the-minute information to stay connected, prepared, and informed. If you or someone you know in our community needs financial assistance during these difficult days, please visit the CJP Warmline or call the Warmline at 1-800-CJP-9500.

Together with you — our partners — we’ve supported our community in important ways over the last year. A new section of CJP’s website highlights the impact of our collective efforts and partnerships. Thank you for making a bigger difference with us. Looking for even more good news? Check out and social media with the hashtags #CJPFeelGoodNews and #TogetherInCommunity.

CJP welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

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