Nancy Kaufman, Noted Jewish Leader, Leaves Boston For NY

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After 20 years of service and leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston, Executive Director Nancy Kaufman has a new job.

Nancy Kaufman (Courtesy JCRC)
Nancy Kaufman (Courtesy JCRC)

Starting December 31, Kaufman, who grew up in Brookline, will become CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in New York.

Kaufman is known as a staunch advocate for Israel and for working on a bevy of social justice issues, including literacy and the legalization of gay marriage. Over the past 20 years, Kaufman has led more than 100 elected officials -- including Mayor Thomas Menino, former Senate President William Bulger, and former House Speaker Sal DiMasi — on trips to Israel.

In addition to her work on behalf of Israel and Israel-related causes, Kaufman was often the Jewish representative at interfaith discussions, such as those held at the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. Kaufman is also credited with raising the profile of the JCRC, helping it grow from a small organization to one of the highest profile nonprofits in Boston.

During her career, Kaufman also weathered her share of storms.  From the Roxbury mosque controversy to ongoing struggles related to Israel, Kaufman never shied away from discussion of complex topics. We'll ask her about her work in Boston and what lies ahead as she takes on an influential new national role.


This segment aired on December 13, 2010.


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