CJP Blog

In our Beloved Haifa, the Air is Smoky, but the Vision is Clear

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP 

I arrived in Haifa yesterday evening, coming directly from Ben Gurion airport to meet our Boston-Haifa committee members in the Romema section of Haifa.

The smell of smoke and ashes seems to be everywhere. This neighborhood, on the northern slopes of…

Finding and Building my Jewish Community

By Erin Miller

Guest blogger Erin Miller is President of Boston University’s Hillel organization. Thanks in part to CJP’s IACT program that fosters engagement, community building, and Israel advocacy, she has become one of the trailblazers who is helping to transform Jewish life on …

Looking Back to Move Forward: Building on Our Legacy of Justice

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP

Rosh Hashanah is Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance. We remember our transgressions against God and one another; we remember those who have touched us and those we have lost; we remember who we are, and who we want to be. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks teaches t…

When the Stars Align

By Lexi Kriss

This summer, Lexi Kriss went on Birthright, a free, 10-day educational trip to Israel, thanks in part to support from CJP. When asked to describe the impact of this trip, she used words (in italics below) suggested by her fellow travelers in this lyrical essay on discove…

The Power of Experience

By Robin Cohen

Why in the world do I continue to give money to CJP, a Jewish federation? 

I had no experience in connecting with a Jewish federation while growing up in New Jersey. Indeed, my parents did go to the annual UJA Bridge Tournament (yes, my parents are World Champion Bridge…