November 20, 2019
 
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Appoints Jeffrey Savit as CEO

October 15, 2019 —Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston, a nonprofit based in Newton that connects children of all backgrounds to adult mentors, and disabled adults to others in their communities, recently announced that Jeffrey Savit has been named as its new president and chief executive officer.

Savit is assuming leadership of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston (JBBBS) as it celebrates its centennial. He succeeds Kimberlee Schumacher, who served in the post for two years before stepping down to accept a newly created staff position at Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

“Jeffrey is tremendously passionate about our mission, committed to serving children and the most vulnerable members of our community, and understands the importance of collaboration in sustaining our work.” said David Franklin, board chair of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston (JBBBS).

“His cumulative experience—as a social worker, a fundraiser, a CEO, and chair of our board of directors—couldn’t be better qualifications for the individual who will help steward JBBBS into our next century.”

Savit most recently served as chief development officer of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, headquartered in New York City. Previously, he was the president and CEO of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Jewish Federation Foundation of Rhode Island.

He began his career as a trust and estate attorney, and after nearly 20 years practicing law, he worked as the director of social work and Jewish community liaison at Hebrew Senior Life’s Brookline campus.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected to lead this remarkable organization whose mission I am so passionate about,” said Savit. “As we cross into our second century of service, we are poised for greater impact as we broaden and strengthen our community partnerships, diversify our revenue sources, and strengthen the agency’s infrastructure. The centennial gives us a unique opportunity to showcase our mission to a broad audience, and to demonstrate how we serve with Jewish values, while being open to everyone.”

For the past 20 years, Savit has served on a number of nonprofit and healthcare boards, many in the Jewish community. From 1999 to 2002, he was chair of the board of directors of Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and from 2010 to 2015, he was chair of the agency’s endowment board. He also served as chair of the governing board of directors of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston from 2007 to 2009.

Savit graduated from Harvard College with a degree in American History. He earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School, and later a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Founded in 1919 as Jewish Big Brother Association to provide social services to Jewish immigrant boys, JBBBS is New England’s oldest youth mentoring organization and one of the 12 founding members of the national Big Brothers Big Sisters movement. Today, it serves more than 6,000 people across religion, race, gender, sexual identity and orientation, and ability from more than 90 towns in eastern Massachusetts.

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