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Rep. Joe Kennedy III acknowledges JCHE’s commitment to Tikkun Olam

Posted: January 15, 2014

An overflow crowd of JCHE supporters, Board members and residents attended JCHE’s Annual Meeting, Embracing Community, to celebrate the organization, acknowledge the retiring Board officers and directors while welcoming the incomers, and hear uplifting remarks by Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III and Newton Mayor Setti Warren.  According to Amy Schectman, “Both Mayor Warren and Congressman Kennedy came not only to give greetings, but to listen to our proceedings and to share in our vision of aging in community.

Congressman Kennedy began his remarks by sharing the advice of his grandmother to visit and listen to the older adults who have wisdom and perspective to offer. While alluding to our nation’s economic imbalance and political discord, he conveyed a very positive message. The Congressman cited the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, to repair the world, through “empathy, generosity and a sense of connectedness.” He touted JCHE’s efforts to create communities where seniors feel supported and have improved quality of life. “Organizations like JCHE pull us together and keep us moving in the right direction.”

While introducing the Congressman, Mayor Setti Warren of Newton spoke about his profound respect for what each senior who lives in Newton offers the city. He also thanked JCHE for “contributing to the vibrancy of Newton.”

During the business portion of the Annual Meeting led by Harold Stahler, Merle Grandberg passed the gavel for JCHE’s Policy Board to Bernard E. Kaplan. Merle has just completed a very accomplished four years as board chair.  Three new board directors were inducted: Bryan Lee of Related Beal; Norman Posner of Samet & Company, PC, and Linda Saker, M.A., MSW.  

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