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Trustees of Institute for World Justice

Community Trustees:

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Ph. D.
Neubauer Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at Tufts University

Barbara Swartz
Former instructor of education, Boston University

Charter Trustees:

Joyce M. Cummings
Community volunteer (former hospital dietician)

Marilyn Cummings Morris, MD, M.P.H.
Pediatrician, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital

Patricia A. Cummings, Psy.D.
Resident, Psychological Services Center

William S. Cummings
President, Cummings Foundation

 

Community Trustees

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit is the Neubauer Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at Tufts University, where he also serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Music. He also holds appointments as Lecturer in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures and as the University's Jewish Chaplain. He holds rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Ph.D. from Tufts University where he studied ethnomusicology in Tufts interdisciplinary doctoral program.

Rabbi Summit has been invited to lecture at congregations around the country and at many universities, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of Chicago. He also co-directed a project funded by the Department of Homeland Security establishing Muslim/Jewish/Christian dialogues and inter-religious education on five university campuses.

Rabbi Summit was awarded B'nai B'rith's Jacob Burns Prize for the Promotion of Ethics on Campus and has been named an Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. He has also received the Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award for distinguished achievement in Jewish educational leadership, Hebrew College's highest academic award. Rabbi Summit is past-president of the National Hillel Professional Association and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.


Barbara M. Swartz

Barbara M. Swartz received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University School of Education. Since 1971, she has been involved in a variety of educational endeavors. Barbara was an instructor of education at Curry College in Milton, MA and Dean College in Franklin, MA, prior to teaching at Boston University School of Education from 1973 to 1990. While at Boston University, Barbara supervised student teachers and facilitated seminars regarding field experiences, curriculum development, and the philosophy of education.

Barbara went on to become the Educational Coordinator for World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH), a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational foundation that focuses on alerting the public about children's safety issues. She developed a bilingual curriculum based on the work of Attorney Edward M. Swartz's books "Toys That Don't Care" and "Toys That Kill." This program, known as "Toys, You and the Real World," teaches children critical thinking skills through instruction on consumerism, participatory democracy, and other lessons encouraging independent thinking. Through the program, children are enlightened about the world and taught to develop opinions and confidence in the belief that their voices can make a difference. Barbara introduced this program to school administrators, teachers, and city politicians, and it was subsequently implemented in Massachusetts, New York City, and Wisconsin public elementary schools.

Barbara is a member of the Board of Visitors at the Brimmer May School in Chestnut Hill, MA, from which she graduated high school. She continues to be involved with WATCH as an Officer, and is also very active on various committees at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA.