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JBBBS Virtual Centennial Celebration:
100 Years of BIG Impact


We hope you were able to join us on Facebook Live last  Thursday evening, May 14 as we celebrated our 100th Anniversary.

We had hoped to celebrate in person, due to the current circumstances, we quickly transitioned to a Virtual Celebration on that very same day.  We wanted to mark this special occasion and spread joy in these difficult times.
JBBBS has long been committed to the transformational power of one-to-one relationships. We are dedicated to continuing this work.  We are experienced in combating social isolation and will use this expertise to continue to deliver on virtual programs and connection.  In case you missed the live broadcast, check out the program below.

JBBBS FB Toast Challenge

JBBBS Celebrated our 100th virtually in style last week
For the past 2 weeks, we have challenged folks to join us on FB with a toast to the agency and our honorees, Karen & Steven Sisselman.  Last Thursday evening we celebrated virtually together.  We weren't going to let COVID-19 ruin the celebration.  If you were not able to join us live, you can view our event here.
Enjoy seeing all the glasses that were raised and toasts that were made for us.  Thank you, one and all, for participating and for supporting JBBBS.

Invest in 100 Years of BIG Impact

Our families are facing some of the most challenging times, laden with heightened anxiety, stress, fear and worry.  Our mission to make connections and build relationships with Bigs, Littles and Friends is more important than ever.  We understand that our in-person event has been cancelled, but the IMPACT we make has not.  Together we have an opportunity to continue to make a difference. This is why we are asking for your investment in the agency.

$10,000 - supports 4 matches through recruitment, interviewing, acceptance and continued Match Support for the 1st year


$5,000 - supports the costs of one Monthly Match event/program like a STEAM-focused Event, a cultural arts program or Challah Baking


$2,000 - supports one ongoing Match and a Volunteer or client recruitment event to help close out our waiting list


$1,250 - provides snacks and supplies for our MAGIC F2F meetups


$500 - provides games, art supplies and activities for matches to enjoy together


Or make a gift of any size! Your donation makes you a part of something BIG.


Karen and Steven Sisselman

More than fifteen years ago, Karen and Steven Sisselman were introduced to Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters through their involvement in the Greater Boston Jewish community. The core of the agency’s mission – to help children in need and adults with disabilities – is what they immediately connected with. It is such a powerful, yet simple objective: to give attention, support, and most importantly friendship to those who need it most in an effort to keep them on the right trajectory, or in some instances, fundamentally change it for the better. In these fifteen years, they have been passionately dedicated to JBBBS – both as board members and as BIGS.
Originally from New Jersey, Karen graduated from Lehigh University and held a number of marketing jobs in the financial industry in New York City. After moving to Boston with Steven in 1993, she co-founded an event marketing company that organized events across the country for major corporations. Karen’s involvement in Jewish philanthropy led her to co-chair CJP’s Parents at the Center and ultimately, to joining the board of JBBBS in 2004. She served as Chair of the JBBBS Board from 2011 – 2013, and currently serves on the College Scholarship Committee, Endowment Board, and Leadership Committee. Karen has been a Big Sister since 2010, matched with Emma for four years until she moved out of state, and currently matched with Ellie for five years.
Steven grew up in New York and graduated from the University of Florida. He held various executive positions in finance and petroleum trading, including a five-year stint in London. Once he and Karen moved to Boston, he co-founded Itera International Energy Corp and served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for fifteen years. Steven is a past Chair of CJP’s Israel and Overseas Commission, has served on the Leadership Council for The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, and is team captain of the Bikers Dozen that rides in the Pan Mass Challenge. He currently serves as the Finance Chair on the JBBBS Board and has been matched with his Little Jonathan for seven years.
Karen and Steven live in Needham and have two adult daughters: Lara, who is a political communications professional in Chicago and recently became a Big, and Jaclyn, who works at a leading technology start-up in New York City. They enjoy traveling as a family and spending time in Martha’s Vineyard.