CJP Blog

Thanks, Appreciation, and a Prayer for the Future

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

Throughout all Creation, just beneath the surface, joining each person to every other person and to every other thing in a luminous organism of sacred responsibility, we discover invisible lines of connection. - Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Invisible Lines of Conn…

Desecrating God’s Name to Justify Cruelty

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

In response to forced family separations at the U.S./Mexico border and the ensuing urgent humanitarian crisis, CJP has launched FACES, the Fund to Aid Children and End Separation. To learn more about CJP’s position on the family separation policy, read our j…

Celebrating Inclusion and Addressing Mental Illness

By Craig Byer and Joan Yenawine, CJP Staff

When Kitty Dukakis first told her father that she was an alcoholic, he responded simply, “You couldn’t be.” She questioned why he thought this, and he responded, “You’re a Jew, and you’re a woman.” In his mind, these two facts exclude…

Reflections on Events in Gaza

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

Dear Friends,

Like many of you, I have been closely watching events in Israel and Gaza. As I read the news, I recall my visits to the Israeli communities that sit alongside the Gaza Strip. I think of conversations with families that live in fear of the rocket…

Creating Lasting Connections

By Craig Byer, Digital Marketing Manager

During the 2018 Boston-Haifa Connection March meetings in Haifa, we caught up with Yael Mark one of the original Shinshinim Young Ambassadors from Israel. Yael lived with host families, volunteered, and gave a taste of Israeli culture to CJP,…