Leadership & Staff

The JVP Boston Chapter Organizing Team (COT) is responsible for overall policy and direction of JVP Boston.

Elsa Auerbach

Elsa Auerbach is Professor Emerita of English from the University of Massachusetts Boston.  The daughter of Jewish refugees from Germany, she has been a lifelong activist involved in issues related to South Africa, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and language education. Since retiring, she has co-chaired JVP Boston and been a member of its Steering Committee, with a focus on fundraising, We Divest work, and organizational planning.

Marc Gurvitch

A psychiatric nurse for 30 years, Marc Gurvitch is now a clinical instructor at Simmons College School of Nursing. He was active in the anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights struggles of the 1960’s and 70’s and has been a labor organizer and union activist. From 2010 to 2012, he participated in the Health and Human Rights delegations, sharing his nursing skills and knowledge in West Bank Palestinian clinics while witnessing the impact of the occupation. He coordinated the education committee and now serves on the steering committee

Allie Goldsmith

Allie became involved with Israel/Palestine activism after taking a course in which she learned more about the topic.  She then joined Students for Justice in Palestine and upon moving to Boston, became involved in JVP-Boston.  She co-coordinates JVP-Boston’s Education Committee.

Lauren Jappe

Lauren Jappe has a degree in Islamic & Middle East Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies from Brandies University, and was an active member of her school’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter. She lived in Jordan for four months studying Arabic, and has traveled extensively throughout Palestine, most recently on an Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation in 2015. Following the trip she published writing detailing the effects of imprisonment and trauma on West Bank families. Lauren coordinates JVP’s sister relationship with Laylac, a women’s and youth empowerment group in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp.