CJP Blog

Inclusion as a Priority

By Roberta Unger, Congregation Beth El Staff

At Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley, we are honored to be a Congregational Partner in the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP). This came about, in large part, due to materials we developed to encourage families of B’nai…

An Experiment in Frustration: CJP Poverty Simulation

By Joan Yenawine, Associate Creative Director, CJP

When I was invited to CJP’s Poverty Simulation experience for staff, I was skeptical, but also intrigued. The marketing (which full disclosure — I helped to edit) promised that by the end of two hours, I’d have a deeper understan…

Hanukkah Illuminates Our Lives

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

As we celebrate Hanukkah with our families and friends, the menorah stands as a powerful symbol of our strength and traditions, our values and our aspirations, and our people’s ancient and abiding connection to the Land of Israel. Even as the light of the m…

My Jewish Journey: From Israel Internship to Inspired Entrepreneur

By Emily Levy, CEO and Co-founder, Mighty Well 

My Jewish journey did not truly begin until after I graduated from high school and I traveled on a Birthright Israel trip organized by Camp Young Judaea.

Growing up in an interfaith family in Rhode Island, I did not know many Jews outside o…

A New Way to Make Space for Shabbat and Havdalah

By Laura Conrad Mandel, Executive Director, Jewish Arts Collaborative

The Break was an endeavor to reimagine how Shabbat and Havdalah could be celebrated in Boston. Working with Reboot, CJP, Interfaith Family, Trybal Gatherings, Skip the Small Talk, Starr Yoga, and local musicians, the Jew…