May 26, 2019
Jewish Vocational Service Gala Raises $428K to Aid Its Mission

May 26, 2018 — Jewish Vocational Service, a Boston-based social services nonprofit, recently announced that it raised $428,000 at its annual fundraising gala, surpassing its goal, to fund services to support immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, and older workers.

The Elevate gala, held May 10 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, which attracted 350 people, was the second-highest grossing gala in the history of Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).

Karin Blum, chief development officer at JVS, credited the success of the evening to Rubin’s record of leadership, as well as a record-breaking live appeal led by JVS board chair Campe Goodman and JVS chief program Officer Kira Khazatsky.

Funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, and a live appeal.

During Rubin's tenure, JVS doubled its annual operating budget to $14 million, and, according to the organization, has become a leader in the field of workforce development, advancing innovative and creative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients and employer partners."

Over the past decade, JVS has served more than 100,000 clients and worked with hundreds of employers. Last year, JVS served 16,000 people in the Greater Boston area and Massachusetts gateway cities, including Lynn, Lowell, and Lawrence.

At the gala, Mohamad Ali, CEO and president of Carbonite, addressed the audience and shared his personal story of immigration to the United States.

Sponsors included The Davis Family Charitable Foundation Amy and David Abrams, Ilana Braun and Jed Weiss, CVS Health, Nancy and Steven Fischman, Linda and Michael Frieze, Joseph and Lynne Goodman, Larry and Beth Greenberg, Millennium Boston, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Partners HealthCare, Robert K. and Myra Kraft Foundation, Ellen and Steven Segal, and State Street Corporation.

Rubin, an expert on workforce development issues, speaks nationally and locally on as career ladders, unemployment and labor market issues, and removing barriers to economic success. He is the author of numerous book chapters, articles, and monographs on housing, economic development and workforce development issues.

Rubin is a member of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Development Advisory Council, and in 2015 was appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on the Task Force on the Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment. He also has served on the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board. In 2016, he was honored by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition for working to advance the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

Founded in 1938 to assist Jewish immigrants establish themselves in this country, JVS today works across Greater Boston, helping people from 90 nations attain financial independence. JVS said a 2012 independent study completed by Boston University faculty found that every dollar invested in JVS yields returns to program participants of $2-$3 in higher earnings within two years of program completion.

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