JCC Greater Boston Leadership
Mark Sokoll is a lifelong Jewish community advocate, activist and educator. He became President and CEO of JCC Greater Boston in 2000. Prior to his tenure at the JCC, 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.
Mark 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 the Solomon 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.
Louis J. Grossman had been President and Treasurer of The Grossman Companies, Inc. since 1980, when he and his father, Morton, purchased the family real estate business. In January 2015, he became Chairman and passed along the leadership to his sons, David and Jacob, who have been working with him for the previous decade. Under Louis' thoughtful guidance and leadership, the Company successfully developed and acquired a portfolio of more than forty commercial and residential properties, primarily located in New England.
Louis began his real estate career in 1973, when he joined Sonnenblick-Goldman Advisory Corporation in New York, serving as Mortgage Officer for two real estate investment trusts, North American Mortgage Investors and Mortgage Growth Investors. A graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Economics, Louis earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University's School of Business with a major in Finance.
Louis has been active in numerous local and national civic and charitable organizations including Brown Hillel, Union for Reform Judaism, Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, The Rivers School, Hebrew College and JCC Greater Boston where he was installed as Chair in July 2019. Louis and his wife of 48 years, Patti z"l, have 9 grandchildren and raised their four children in Needham. He currently lives in Newton.