“A community that doesn’t include us all….the weak as well as the strong…the poor as well as the rich…is not really a Jewish community at all. A Jewish community that excludes those with disabilities betrays the great tradition of kindness that goes all the way back to Abraham and Sarah.”—Barry Shrage
Barry Shrage has served as president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) since 1987. Barry has been one of the Jewish community’s strongest voices on behalf of people with disabilities. He was instrumental in the founding of the JF&CS CHAI program. In 2002, he helped to launch the CJP Disabilities Housing Initiative and encouraged the formation CJP’s Next Gen Real Estate Team, which has helped to fund and create housing for people with disabilities.
Ellie Kranz Shrage has touched the lives of hundreds of people who are affected by disabilities. She has worked for 13 years as a Certified Developmental Specialist at Thom Charles River Early Intervention in Waltham. In this role she provides early intervention services for children from birth to three years old. Ellie serves on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County.
Ellie and Barry have been married for 35 years. They live in Newton, MA, where they raised their two children, and they are the proud grandparents of Ayelet and Noam.