JANUARY 25, 2018 – Lifelong community activist and noted businessman James ‘Jimmy’ Slovin of Foxborough has been named Major Gifts Officer for the Massachusetts Chapter of March of the Living, an annual educational and inspirational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice and hate.
Since its inception in 1988, the MOTL program has brought 260,000 teens from 52 countries to experience their history and destiny, and to strengthen their connections with their religion, people, and Israel. The Kempner Family Foundation is a key supporter of MOTL’s scholarship program that enables more teens to participate.
“I’ve known Jim for over 20 years and worked with him on numerous highly successful fundraising campaigns and events,” said Irv Kempner of Sharon, chair of MOTL’s Massachusetts chapter. “His knowledge of and commitment to the Jewish community are unmatched. He is a stalwart addition to the MOTL team.”
The timing of the upcoming trip, April 8 to 22, holds special significance. Participants will spend Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) in a march of just under 2 miles from the Auschwitz to Birkenau concentration camps in Poland, led by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Then, they will celebrate Israel’s 70th Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) beginning the evening of April 18 in Jerusalem. On his new role with March of the Living, Slovin said, “I’m concerned about Jewish continuity and how to inspire our future leaders. I’m concerned about organized anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities on college campuses orchestrated by well-funded groups, some with ties to terrorist organizations. There’s meaningful impact when thousands of Jewish kids from all over the world share the amazing MOTL experience. Both alumni parents and children come away more aware of their heritage and ready to combat the apathy of others.”
In his professional life in the insurance industry, Slovin owned or worked in independent agencies for over four decades. For five years, he served as secretary/treasurer of the Metro-South Independent Insurance Agents Association, a trade organization he helped build to over 75 agencies.
In support of the Pan-Mass Challenge to benefit the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Slovin participated in nine consecutive 180-mile PMC bike rides, logging over 10,000 miles while training and racing. His efforts raised over $31,000.
In the Jewish community, Slovin held leadership fundraising posts for the Brotherhood of Temple Israel of Sharon for over a decade, organizing golf tournaments and auctions. During his years as president of the B’nai B’rith Sports Lodge, he presided over three Boston Celtics Tap-Off Dinners drawing sellout crowds of over 1,300. As vice president of the Greater Boston Council, Slovin chaired the prestigious Covenant Breakfast, which in the 1980s attracted over 600 people including leaders of all major Jewish organizations. He also served on the B’nai B’rith District One Board of Governors and on the New England Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League.
On behalf of the capital drive for the Striar Jewish Community Center in Stoughton in the late ‘80s, Slovin spearheaded several fundraising events that turned that vision into reality. For the Northeast Regional Junior Maccabi Games, he chaired, produced, and directed opening and closing ceremonies involving over 1,100 athletes, coaches, and staff from 10 states and Israel.
Anyone interested in learning more about MOTL and/or making a Major Gifts donation can contact Slovin at firstname.lastname@example.org.