Philanthropy Spotlight – Dr Lynne B Harrison

Philanthropy Spotlight

For Dr Harrison, a grandmother of a day school alumnus and long-time leader on our Greater MetroWest Day School Council, Jewish day schools are vital to our community because “a moral compass, a real sense of what is right and wrong, a real sense of community obligation is something that everyone should have instilled in them.” As the founder and now retired president of Harrison Research Laboratories, Inc., her passion for STEM is both professional and personal. She is excited for her gift of STEM equipment to challenge students in our community’s four day schools: Golda Och Academy; Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School; the Jewish Educational Center, including Bruriah High School for girls; and the Gottesman RTW Academy. “I’ve seen what they can achieve when they are given the right equipment and the right instruction,” Dr Harrison shared.

Dr Harrison has been a steadfast leader and visionary supporter at both Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ (JCF) for decades. She is currently a member of the Federation Board of Trustees (having previously served as both vice president and secretary) and is a current JCF trustee. Dr Harrison is also a vice chair of the Greater MetroWest Centennial Campaign; a member of Greater MetroWest Day School Advisory Council; and a board member of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy division. Dr Harrison has also been a pioneer in endowment development in our community, helping to inspire many others to make endowment gifts or leave a legacy to our Jewish community, specifically for the Lester Society and Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE). She was among the first to make a generous gift during her lifetime to build a PACE (Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment) and she coined the terms “Living LOJE” and “Living Lester,” honoring those who build these vital endowments today to support the UJA Annual Campaign in perpetuity.

For Dr Harrison, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest’s upcoming Centennial was the perfect time to make this historic gift “because one of the things I want to leave to my children, to my grandchildren, is a vibrant Jewish community.”

Dr Harrison is the proud matriarch of a close family, including two adult daughters and sons-in-law, Judi Harrison and Stephan Gross, and Debra Harrison and Mark Muller, and three grandchildren, Zachary, Rebecca, and Adam.

Learn more about the Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative.

For more information on the Centennial Campaign, contact Kim Hirsh, Executive Director, JCF, 973-929-3026.