JBBBS is deepening its partnership with the Boston Maccabi Rugby Club in order to introduce members to volunteer opportunities out of JBBBS. The team, which has consistently volunteered support at Yom Sport, is represented here by two of its leaders, Dan Flynn and Alex Goldstein. Here, the guys dish about rugby, the partnership and the parallels in our missions.
Tell us about the team.
Boston Maccabi Rugby Club, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity which operates as a Division III rugby club competing in the New England Rugby Football Union. We travel all over New England and draw players and supporters from the Greater Boston area. Our goal is to make as much of an impact off the field as we do on the field.
We were founded in 2012 by the former Press Secretary for Governor Patrick who wanted to establish a rugby club committed to the Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam. We count engineers, attorneys, medical doctors, software developers, accountants and PR professionals among our ranks. Our club members are mostly 25-35 year old professionals. We welcome athletes of all backgrounds and levels of experience.
What’s so important about service?
We view it as our responsibility to give back to the community and make the world a better place. We are truly fortunate to have our own strong community as a team, but, from the start, we’ve realized that there is an opportunity and an obligation to take that bond and leverage it to serve our community. It’s more than part of the foundation of our team, it is the foundation of our team.
There are many parallels between your community and ours. What are some of them?
Though we are both centered around Jewish values, we are not [comprised exclusively of Jewish people] and pride ourselves on our diversity and inclusivity. As organizations, we both seek to leverage the power of positive relationships to strengthen our community and build bridges both on the personal and community level.
What does a JBBBS-Maccabi partnership mean to you?
The JBBBS partnership is incredibly significant to the Maccabis. We’ve done many service projects and events that have had a great impact on individuals and the community, but the partnership with JBBBS allows us as individuals and as a team to establish and nurture relationships that will extend far beyond a single event. The power of mentorship and positive relationships lasts for a lifetime. This partnership gives us the opportunity to plant seeds of change in our community that will last for a very, very long time.
What has already been done with the partnership?
We have been active in helping out with Yom Sport, and have hosted an information session for prospective volunteers that allowed [the players] to come in and learn about kids needing Big Brothers or adults with disabilities needing friends.
What do you hope the future of the partnership holds?
We hope that our partnership will allow us to help make sure that no child in need of a Big Brother and no adult in need of a Friend goes without either. We hope to help give back and repair the world through the power of positive relationships.
If the rugby team sounds like fun to any of our readers – and it sounds like fun to us! – where does one go to learn more?