The Boston Globe has published a profile of Jewish benefactors who donate generously to the archdiocese’s Catholic schools. “It’s really attractive because it touches a couple of different things Jews tend to care about-- number one, it touches the poorest of the poor … and it does it through education,’’ said Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
There is a long history of closeness between the Jewish and Catholic communities in the Boston area. When I attended St. Mary’s in Lynn we had several Jewish students, they were released for a period of time each week to attend Shul (sp.?) instead of Catholic religious training.