JCAM is proud of its hard-working staff of professionals. The day-to-day work of managing more than 100 cemeteries calls for skill, expertise, patience and dedication - and that describes our staff. Stan Kaplan, one of JCAM's founders has been with the organization for more than 25 years. Long-time staff member Judith Caplan’s commitment to JCAM has continued to make an impact since 1998. Lisa Berenson, Director of Educational Programming and Development has been affiliated with JCAM since 2002, and educating the community about Jewish cemeteries since 2006. We are also proud of the work of our Director of Field Supervision Barry Ostrow, who has been with JCAM since 2004 and Cantor Alan Kritz, Assistant Director of Field Supervision, who joined our team in 2010. Our very capable part-time Director of Finance, Ellen Schreiber, has been on staff for more than 10 years. Our newest member, Jocelyn Shepard, Director of Administration, joined our team in 2016.
Stan is both a seasoned business executive as well as an accomplished fundraiser for non-profit organizations in Massachusetts and elsewhere. He brings more than 20 years of extensive cemetery management experience to JCAM having served as President, Vice-President, and Treasurer from 1983-2000. He is also the Founder of the Beit Olam Cemetery in Wayland, Massachusetts that began servicing the diverse Metro-West Jewish community since 1999. Stan is the proud recipient of the 1998 The Charlotte Bloomberg Award. "For outstanding innovative service and resourcefulness in developing a program that brings a special vitality to the Jewish community." He is also the recipient of the 2000 Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, Ka’l Israel Award: “For outstanding service in strengthening our community and promoting the unity of the Jewish People. Stan resides in Sudbury Massachusetts with his wife Diane, and is the father of two very special daughters, Heather and Emily.
Judith represented The Synagogue Council on the JCAM Board and has worked at JCAM since September 1998. Judith is generally the friendly voice that answers our telephone. She works with funeral directors on interment authorizations and with vendors on the issuance of monument permits. Judith also fields cemetery complaints and acts as liaison for caretakers, vendors, and monument dealers. Judith is also the person to contact if you are planning or scheduling an unveiling. Genealogical searches are her specialty and she gets inquiries from around the world. Fortunately for JCAM, Judith is also extremely capable of taking on special projects as needed. Her knowledge of and her affiliation within the synagogue community add to her many assets and talents.
Jocelyn Shepard joins the JCAM team in 2016 as Director of Administration. Prior to receiving her B.A. in Religion and her M.A. in History and Literature of Ancient Israel from Boston University, she completed 2 years of undergraduate studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she was living during the Yom Kippur War. She was a member of the first season on the archaeological dig at Tel-Dor and participated in an AFHU mission trip to Israel during the Gulf War. Jocelyn has over 30 years’ experience in academia as a College Registrar and Financial Aid Director at William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) and as a Student Records Manager at Boston University. She brings her organizational ability and attention to detail skills to JCAM in an administrative capacity as well as her love and dedication to Jewish culture and community. We are delighted to have Jocelyn as an integral member of JCAM.
Lisa came to JCAM with more than 25 years of expertise in a variety of business environments. Her presentation skills and ability in designing unique programming opportunities regarding Jewish cemetery education has made her a valuable asset to the JCAM Charitable Foundation. She has been educating and enlightening the community since 2006 on the importance of maintaining the historical significance of Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Via JCAM's successful education module, "Cemeteries Are For The Living," Lisa has presented hundreds of tours at various Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Lisa's creative ability in writing and her organizational skills have made her instrumental in the coordination and dissemination of many of JCAM's publications and materials to raise awareness and support of the JCAM Charitable Foundation .Lisa is also responsible for the coordination and distribution of JCAM’s Annual Report as well as grant writing and various fundraising efforts.
Barry came to JCAM with over 30 years of solid business management experience. He has worked in the field of real estate, retail accounting, property management, and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Barry's expertise in planning and executing restoration programs makes him an invaluable team member. Barry's main position at JCAM is performing cost analysis and research for restoration work, as well as serving as liaison between contractors, vendors and service providers for JCAM; bringing in the highest quality services at the most competitive price. He also performs budget review and tracking, and creating computerized drawings/grave location maps for new sections of existing cemeteries. We are privileged to have Barry on our team!
Cantor Alan Kritz brings to JCAM a broad level of expertise in non-profit management and logistics. His previous careers in the fields of Jewish education, administration and as a Cantor make him a valuable new addition to the JCAM team. Cantor Kritz works closely with our Director of Field Operations, ensuring the daily operation of JCAM's 123 Jewish cemeteries. He also contributes to many varied JCAM projects including streamlining our online, searchable database and is actively involved in developing a digital mapping capability of active JCAM cemeteries. His deep sense of community offers the sensitivity and care needed when assisting families with grave purchase and selection. He lives in Sharon with his wife Lisa, is the proud father of two children and the adoring Saba of his grandchildren, Izzabel and Paxton. Cantor Kritz passionately views his association with JCAM as a mitzvah. We are delighted to have him as an important part of our team.
Noah brings to JCAM over 30 years of business expertise in organizational review and processes. His keen sense of analyzing, interpreting and enhancing JCAM’s technology is well needed for our overall organizational vision.
Noah’s primary responsibilities within JCAM will be to support the cemetery digital mapping efforts, as we continue to expand our footprint.
Additionally, Noah has spent over 40 years volunteering in the Jewish community for a number of organizations, including the Montefiore Cemetery in Pelham, NH and the Merrimack Valley Chevra Kadisha.
We are pleased and excited to have Noah join our team as he fulfills an important role within JCAM and the Jewish community.
Ellen is our very capable and knowledgeable part-time Finance Director. A Harvard graduate, Ellen has extensive experience in all aspects of finance, budgets and bookkeeping. Ellen is a Jewish community oriented individual. When not working at JCAM she is also deeply committed to serving as a proud member of the Belmont PTA and a Board for the Town of Belmont, where she lives with her husband and two children. We are happy to have Ellen on our team.
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