Dear Friend,

I’m so pleased to announce that today the Jewish Federation of the North Shore and CJP have officially merged to become one united community.

This is an exciting, important and meaningful time for all of us. There is so much that we can learn from each other. As I get to know the amazing North Shore leaders, agencies, schools and synagogues, I’m inspired by all that we share in common:  a deep commitment to Jewish learning and to a renaissance of Jewish life, as well as a deep connection to Israel. We both pledge to aid the poor and oppressed, to support those with disabilities and to develop an inclusive and caring community. There are no limits to what we can accomplish together.

Expanded programming

As we prepared for the merger over the past year, we started to expand existing programs and events, while also creating new initiatives. As we continue our collaboration, you’ll see even more opportunities to get involved—from parenting classes, leadership development and adult education programs to community-wide holiday celebrations, there is something for everyone.

New location, continuing leadership

In August, the North Shore office will relocate from Salem to the Cohen Hillel Academy campus in Marblehead. We’re very excited to be part of the campus “on the Hill.” Kimberlee Schumacher, who served as the interim director of the JFNS, ensured a smooth transition and successful campaign this past year. She will continue to direct the office in her new role as CJP’s senior director of strategy and integration for the North Shore. For information on the rest of the dedicated North Shore team, please click here.

The North Shore Advisory Committee (NSAC) of CJP has been established and will be chaired by Amanda Clayman with Shep Remis as honorary chair. For the next two years, NSAC will make allocation recommendations to CJP’s Commission on Strategic Priorities, and will also make recommendations for engaging volunteers.

CJP communication and online resources

If you had formerly signed up to receive enewsletters from JFNS, you will continue to receive communication from CJP, including our popular enewsletter, CJP News and’s weekly events listing, which you can customize by location. Be sure to visit, and also take advantage of all that has to offer.

This is a merger of joy and happiness, where we are all gaining something incredibly important: a united community that will do even greater things in the years to come.


Barry Shrage

P.S. We will be hosting an open house event this fall on the North Shore. More information coming soon!

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