CJP Blog

50 Facts about Jerusalem

By CJP's Dan Seligson, Eva Schlitz, and Craig Byer

This week marks Yom Yerushalayim! What’s that, you ask? It’s a national holiday in Israel that celebrates the day Jerusalem, which had been divided, was reunified. This year marks the Jubilee Year, which is 50 years since that day, …

Our Obligation to Remember the Stranger and the Immigrant on Passover

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

Whenever the Torah wishes to impress on us the Mitzvah of having compassion and sympathy for the oppressed in society, it reminds us of our similar helplessness and lowly status during our bondage in Egypt. The most defenseless elements in society are usual…

Remembering Shira Tzur: Once Again, Terror Hits Close To Home

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

Boston mourns with Israel for Shira Tzur and other victims of terror​.

HaMakom yenachem et'chem b'toch shar avay'lay Tzion v'Yerushalayim.

May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

I just finished saying these words to Dudi Tz…

Together, Restoring Their Names

This year's fellows focused on the Holocaust within the framework of gender and women's studies.

Chanukah Reflections: We Are Not Enemies, But Friends

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP

As we celebrate Chanukah this week, many of us will remember the stories we learned as children: Judah Maccabee leading an unlikely military victory against the powerful Seleucid Empire, the restoration of the Temple, and the miracle of the oil that laste…