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Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

JCC Leadership

Mark Sokoll, President/CEO

Mark Sokoll is a lifelong Jewish community advocate, activist and educator. Since 1988 he has held several posts at the JCC, including Director of Jewish Resources and Executive Director; he became President/CEO in 2000. Prior to his tenure at the JCCGB, Mark was a Senior Educator at Alexander Muss High School in Israel and also worked as a licensed tour guide. During his service in the Israel Defense Forces, he served as an educator at the IDF Institute for Officer Training and Education.

He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lenny Zakim Fund, a nonprofit foundation that funds Greater Boston grassroots organizations involved in building a better society for all. He has been honored by Mayyim Hayyim and is a past recipient of the Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah; the Lester Gilson Award from theSolomon Schechter Day School; and the Bernard Reisman Award from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University.

A graduate of Boston University, Mark earned his Master of Arts in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and received Rabbinic ordination from the Bet Din-Bet Achim in New York City. He stepped down from a part-time position at Temple B’nai Israel in Revere, Massachusetts in 2010.

Philip J. Sher, Governing Board Chair

Phil Sher is a Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner and a Certified Retirement Counselor with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including the last 14 years exclusively in the comprehensive wealth management and retirement planning arena. He is the Founder and Managing Director of The Sher Wealth Management Group, an independent Boston, Massachusetts-based investment services firm.

Raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Phil is a 1980 graduate of Bentley College in Waltham, and he holds a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University – University Extension.

Phil is involved with a number of philanthropic organizations. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he also serves as President of the Jewish Health Care Center and Eisenberg Assisted Living Facility. In addition, he is a board advisor of the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center.

Phil enjoys skiing, playing basketball, golfing, travel and boating with his family. He lives with his wife, Rachel, in Brookline and has two children, Jenny and Henry.

Governing Board

Philip J. Sher, Chair
Lori Sidman, First Vice Chair
Mark Barrocas, Vice Chair
Tamar Salter Frieze, Secretary
Louis J. Grossman, Treasurer

Standing Committee Chairs

Eric B. Brenman, Esq., Audit
Marc Busny, Resource Development
Louis J. Grossman, Finance
Faith Kaplan, JCC Facilities
Carolynn Levy, Governance and Leadership Development


Avi Almozlino
David Bamel
David Begelfer
Scott Black
Richard Cohen
Geoffrey Lewis
Virginia (Ginny) MacDowell
Sari Anne Rapkin
Richard Scherr
Maggie Gold Seelig
Gabrielle Sigel
Dr. James (Jim) Snider
Ruth (Boomer) Weinstein
Debra Yanofsky

JCC Senior Management Team

Mark Sokoll  President/CEO
Betsy Jacobs Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Randi Federman Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Sami Sinclair Vice President, Development
Fiona Epstein Vice President, Youth Services and Adult Engagement
Matt Adwin Assistant Vice President, Information Technology and Analytics
Jeanne Ruckert Lovy Assistant Vice President, Young Children and Their Families
Stuart Silverman Assistant Vice President, Camping Services
William Winer Assistant Vice President, Health, Fitness and Membership
Lauren Roth Assistant Vice President, Marketing