Statement from Barry Shrage, President, Combined Jewish Philanthropies on the passing of Myra Kraft
All of us at CJP are mourning the loss of our dear friend, Myra Kraft. Her passing will leave a tremendous void in the community. Myra gave her inspired leadership to many good causes, including CJP, The United Way, The Boston Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club, Temple Emanuel, Brandeis University and the JDC.
With her great heart and magnificent spirit, Myra lived her life in service to those who needed her help. She served as Chair of the CJP Board of Directors and twice served as Co-chair of our Annual Campaign. Her leadership was instrumental to many of our greatest achievements.
Myra loved the land of Israel and the Israeli people and visited as often as she could. She was more than an amazing volunteer leader – Myra was also a beloved friend, and we will miss her dearly. Her personal acts of loving kindness were an essential part of who she was as a person. No one in need was ever turned away.
Most importantly, Myra was a loving wife to Robert, who adored her and she was a loving, proud and devoted mother and grandmother to Jonathan, Dan, Josh, and David and their children.
Our hearts are with the Kraft family and all those who loved her.
Statement from Bradley M. Bloom, Chair, Board of Directors, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Myra Kraft was a friend, a mentor, and a role model for so many in the Jewish community both at home and abroad. We will be forever grateful for her leadership as chair of CJP, one of many organizations about which she was passionate. For Myra philanthropy was personal, and she worked tirelessly over the decades to benefit those in need.
I had the privilege to see some of her work first hand, both locally and in Israel, where she was revered and loved. I will always remember the joy she showed just being there. I will miss her friendship and leadership.
CJP, Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation, brings together the people, partners and resources to fulfill the most important needs and aspirations of our community. Rooted in compassion and justice and driven by innovation, we care for the vulnerable, forge strong connections with Israel and above all, inspire the next generation to embrace Jewish life and learning. For more information please visit www.cjp.org.