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Nancy Kaufman, a staunch advocate for social justice and executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC) for 20 years, resigned to become chief executive officer of the National Council of Jewish Women in New York. A former assistant secretary of health and human services under Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, Nancy expanded JCRC’s mission over the past two decades, spearheading initiatives that focused on social justice, Israel advocacy, and lobbying state leaders on health care and other issues.

Daniel Matt, M.A.’76, Ph.D.’78, one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah, has published more than 10 books, including “The Essential Kabbalah” and “God & the Big Bang.” He is currently translating and annotating the Zohar, and so far he has completed six volumes of “The Zohar: Pritzker Edition.” For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award; the latter called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”

Ted Gup, a journalism professor at Emerson College and former investigative reporter at The Washington Post, wrote “A Secret Gift.” The book, which was reviewed by The New York Times, tells of deep mysteries hidden for generations within his own family. The idea for the book came after Gup’s mother gave him an old suitcase filled with his late grandfather’s letters and canceled checks. 
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