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Barry Shrage to discuss “The Jewish Renaissance” in Stamford

Barry Shrage, president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), will discuss “The Jewish Renaissance: Looking Back … Ten Years Later” on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., at the Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Ave. In addition to a look back at the road travelled by the American Jewish community over the last decade, Shrage will also give his thoughts on what the American Jewish community can expect in the years ahead. The event is co-sponsored by the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien and the Young Israel of Stamford.

President of CJP – Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation – since 1987, Shrage has been instrumental in the creation of several cutting-edge programs designed to engage the next generation in meaningful Jewish life and create a welcoming, inclusive Jewish community. Projects include Me’ah, an intensive Jewish adult education curriculum, and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a Jewish learning program for parents of young children. Pioneered in Boston, both programs are now being replicated nationwide.

Shrage was among the first Federation leaders to embrace the power of Taglit-Birthright Israel, and has worked to send 11,000 Boston-area college students on free trips to Israel. During the recession that began in 2008, he helped develop CJP’s ‘Economic Response,’ which provided additional funding to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including isolated seniors, immigrants, the unemployed and people with disabilities.

The program is free and open to the entire community. Desserts and coffee will be served after the presentation.

For more information call (203) 348-3955.

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