WE ARE CJP

Since our founding 128 years ago as the first Jewish federation in the United States, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) has mobilized Greater Boston’s Jewish community to make a bigger difference. As Boston’s largest Jewish communal institution, we are here to ensure Jewish people in Greater Boston — and indeed, around the world — are able to live proudly and publicly as Jews.

WE’RE TAKING A STAND

And we have a plan.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 2022 was the highest year on record for antisemitic incidents. In our own backyards, Massachusetts saw a 41% increase between 2021 and 2022. We will not rest until this trend is reversed. As a philanthropic organization, we’re focused on turning individual acts of kindness into collective impact that supports those facing vulnerability or crisis, making Jewish life and learning accessible to all, and investing in the stability and growth of the organizations that underpin Greater Boston’s Jewish community. One of the primary roles we play is connecting and convening people, organizations, and agencies to amplify our community and deliver on our collective needs — including rising up against growing antisemitic incidents. However, we can’t do this alone. Our mission is dependent on collaboration and allyship.


Over the past year, we assembled a dedicated group of community leaders and experts who served on CJP’s Fighting Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism Task Force. Through their work — and alongside our community partners — we’ve developed a 5-point plan to stand up to Jewish Hate.


This plan was created to:
1. Face Jewish hate
2. Empower our community
3. Build allyship
4. Inform and educate the next generation
5. Strengthen communal security


Additionally, CJP is proud to join the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism to raise awareness and empower everyone to fight back against the frightening trends of hatred toward Jews. We stand against Jewish hate today and every day. Together with our partners, donors, and allies, we will tirelessly work to fight antisemitism and ensure that our community thrives.

Organizational partners in this work

Greater Boston has a strong network of local organizations and experts working to prevent and
respond to antisemitism and CJP is proud to partner with them on this work. They include:

ADL New England

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the nation’s premier civil rights and human relations agency, fighting antisemitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals, and protecting civil rights for all. ADL’s New England Regional Office serves Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. ADL employs a multi-faceted educational, community relations, and legal approach to combat antisemitism and hate of all kinds, promote diversity, and build bridges of understanding between communities.

JCRC Boston

JCRC is a coalition of organizations and individuals that represents and advances the values, interests, and priorities of the organized Jewish community in greater Boston. Through its network of agencies, our programs, and our partnerships, it: serves as a catalyst for building a strong and vibrant Jewish community in Boston and around the world; advocates for a safe, secure, Jewish, and democratic state of Israel, and; promotes an American society which is democratic, pluralistic, and just.

IAC New England

IAC works to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identities of our next generations, that has a strong connection to the Jewish American community, and that promotes the bond between the people of the United States and the state of Israel.

AJC New England

American Jewish Committee (AJC) is the global advocacy organization for the Jewish people. Through its unparalleled global network of offices, institutes, and international partnerships, AJC engages with leaders at the highest levels of government and civil society to counter antisemitism, open new doors for Israel, and advance democratic values.

Facing History & Ourselves

From one classroom in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1976, Facing History & Ourselves has become a global organization with a network of hundreds of thousands of middle and secondary school educators reaching millions of students worldwide. Facing History and Ourselves helps educators prepare students to participate in civic life — using intellect, empathy, ethics, and choice to stand up to bigotry and hate in their own lives, communities, and schools.

TribeTalk

TribeTalk provides resources for high school seniors so they can research and compare Jewish life on multiple college campuses. In addition, TribeTalk produces insightful webinars and podcasts that present different experience of Jewish life on campus as well as in-depth discussions on relevant issues.

Lappin Foundation

Lappin Foundation, whose mission is enhancing Jewish identity across generations, works tirelessly to counter antisemitism through education. Our resources are free and available to all who want to use them, including: the film Swastika—Symbol of Hate; Holocaust Symposium for High School Students; Annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration; animated films narrated by Holocaust survivors; and bridge-building with minority communities. We serve Massachusetts communities of the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston and beyond.