Dear JFS Friends,

I wanted to let you know how JFS is responding to the current events throughout our country and community after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Aron Ain, JFS’s past president and CEO of Kronos Inc. and Ultimate Software, stated it the best in a recent update:

“This is not a time to remain silent and passive. And we will not. We stand in complete solidarity with the black community and in the commitment to end racial injustice and systematic racism in all its forms. Kindness. Respect. Equality.”

He is absolutely spot on and JFS will not remain silent and passive. Close to home, JFS serves clients and has staff of color who have experienced or have been victims of racial bias or racism. We must fight this injustice and know that JFS is extremely committed to this fight. As many of you may remember during our concert celebrating diversity this past fall, we made a clear statement that JFS would take a leadership role and do everything in its power to accelerate our partnerships with local leaders in this mutual struggle. Action must occur.

So far, JFS has met with all our community partners, including the Rev. L. Anthony Lloyd, minister of Greater Framingham Community Church; Joseph Corazzini, assistant superintendent of equity, diversity and community development for Framingham Public Schools; Connie Cabello, vice president of diversity, inclusion and community engagement at Framingham State University; Lynn Moore, chief diversity officer for Mass Bay Community College; Yvonne Spicer, Framingham mayor; Alaa Abushalah, Framingham’s officer for citizen participation; and Lester Baker, assistant police chief.

The entire community is super committed to the process of putting together local virtual opportunities (due to COVID-19) for the community to voice their support, solidarity, anger, fear and next steps. It is important we keep conversations going, and JFS will do everything it can to facilitate discussion and peaceful action to end racial injustice and systematic racism.

Also, as you may know, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston is the lead communal voice on social justice issues, including racism. We support their communications. Here is their statement.

Please share all our social media posts and emails as we send them out. Keep up to date via FacebookLinkedInInstagram and Twitter. We must not remain silent. More to come. Stay tuned.

Thank you for joining us in this important struggle for justice.

Signed,

Lino Covarrubias, CEO
Josef Volman, president of the board

P.S. If you missed our Annual Meeting on Monday, you can view it here.

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