JBBBS Development Officer, Leora Kimmel Greene, has been named one of this year’s “Chai in the Hub” recipients. Here, she describes what the recognition means to her – and how exciting it is to share the night with another two of our own: “Bigs,” Jonathan Soyt and Talya Sokoll.
I am incredibly honored to be one of this year’s recipients. The Boston Jewish community is filled with incredible professionals and volunteers doing inspiring, innovative and cutting-edge work to help make our world a brighter place. It is amazing to be recognized for the work I have been able to accomplish, particularly at Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Over the years, with the support of the organization’s leadership, I have been able to explore new ways to engage young professionals in our community. My work at JBBBS has allowed me to develop new skills while pushing colleagues and volunteers to think outside the box and be creative.
At JBBBS and elsewhere, I often find myself getting involved with ways to engage the “next generation,” my generation of philanthropists. This is because I believe we have a responsibility to our parents and to our children to make the world happier and healthier.
The “Chai in the Hub” celebration, taking place on January 28, also happens to be my daughter’s first birthday. It is amazing to see that I am managing to balance being a professional and being a mom. Being a working mom is no joke. Finding the balance is a constant challenge. It seems fitting to celebrate what I accomplished as a professional and volunteer (with incredible support and guidance from many mentors) on a day that also has so much meaning to me as a parent.
A special should-out to board member and Big Brother, Jonathan Soyt, and Big Sister, Talya Sokoll, who are two of my fellow honorees! You make such a BIG difference in the lives of all those we serve.