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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.


Lori K. Sidman, Chair, Governing Board

A native New Yorker, Lori Sidman grew up going to and working as a counselor at the 92st Y. During her professional career, Lori concentrated her work in marketing strategy and communications in the publishing, banking and energy industries. Using her business background, Lori has brought her experience to the nonprofit sector both in a board of director capacity as well as a volunteer. Lori recently completed the CJP Acharai Leadership program and sits on the Board of Directors of the MSPCA-Angell working on both the development committee and on the Capital Campaign committee. Lori is honored to be following her mother-in-law Paula’s footsteps and family’s legacy as the Governing Board chair of JCC Greater Boston.  Lori holds a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania. 



Governing Board

Lori Sidman, 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
Charlie Popkin
Sari Rapkin
Mara Riemer Goldstein
Richard Scherr
Maggie Gold Seelig
Philip J. Sher
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
Jeanne Ruckert Lovy Vice President, Center for Families
Matt Adwin Assistant Vice President, Information Technology and Analytics
Stuart Silverman Assistant Vice President, Camping Services
William Winer Assistant Vice President, Health, Fitness and Membership
Lauren Roth Assistant Vice President, Marketing