JBBBS, CJP community applauded at grand opening of Parents at the Center, Haifa.

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March 13th, 2014
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For the past four years, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston, through its President/CEO, Harvey Lowell, has spearheaded CJP’s effort to apply an innovative approach to helping families in Haifa’s neediest neighborhoods. What began as an idea generated by a joint taskforce of Boston professionals and social service leadership from the city of Haifa, has, under JBBBS’ leadership, evolved into a beautifully-renovated Center that puts parents at the center of attention, giving them the skills they need to raise healthy children and build stronger families.

Located in a diverse neighborhood, Parents at the Center’s programming attracts an array of families from native-born Israelis, to Muslim and Christian Arabs, to immigrants who enjoy learning and playing together. JBBBS has helped CJP to build an effective coalition which includes local and municipal partners, national supporters, and other Greater Boston-based Jewish organizations. JBBBS’ pioneering work was applauded at the grand opening of the program on March 10.

Marc Jacobs, CEO of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, in a statement Thursday, praised the contributions of JBBBS President/CEO, Harvey Lowell.  “[Harvey] has been the professional leader from Boston for the four to five years since CJP committed to a big idea project… Turning big ideas into action requires strategic and operational skills and perseverance. The capability to bring very divergent interests and views, let alone different culture and language to the same table is a companion skill set. Harvey has it all.”

The staff and board of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters commends Harvey for his dedication to Parents at the Center. For more, please enjoy the accompanying video, which showcases what JBBBS, and the entire CJP community, have been doing to change the face of neighborhoods in Haifa, and, with our national partners, throughout Israel.