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We Are the Shamash

By Chelsea Rubin, CJP Staff

“The shamash is the candle on the menorah that lights all other candles…we each are like the shamash. We each have the ability within us to light up other people—to light up their lives, their smiles, with a positive statement which is being a good friend o…

8 Nights, 8 Windows: A Chanukah Celebration in Boston

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP

Chanukah reminds us every year that light can banish darkness and that even in difficult times, it is our obligation to bring light into the world. I can't imagine a moment in recent years when we've needed the light of Chanukah more. The world seems covere…

Jewish Poverty—It Does Exist

How Your #GivingTuesday Gift Can Help

Poverty affects thousands of people in the Jewish community, in places where you might not expect. The stereotype of the affluent Jewish family puts even more pressure on those trying to meet basic needs; few people seem to believe that Jewish families …

We Must Tell Ezra’s Story

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP

On Sunday, I attended Ezra Schwartz's funeral. Hundreds of Ezra’s young friends filled the synagogue along with hundreds of people from around the region who wanted to comfort his family and declare, along with his Rabbi, Meir Sendor, that while Ezra led …

Together, Restoring Their Names with From the Depths

By: Chelsea Roston, Wellesley College Student

I had the opportunity to take a five-day journey through more than 1,000 years of Polish and Jewish history on CJP’s “Together, Restoring Their Names” service trip to Poland. Time traveling between my Wellesley College student life and the…