CJP Blog

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,…

Video: Read On with Michael Twitty

By Craig Byer, Digital Marketing Manager

Memoirist and chef Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, joined us for our Read On event in Cambridge. The video below, originally from our Facebook live stream, is Twitty's talk that covers Jewish identity and values, culinary history, a…

Compassion for the Stranger: Remembering the Asylum Seekers at Passover

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

‘Welcoming the stranger is greater than welcoming the presence of God” – ​Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 127a

Rachamanim bnei rachamanim” – we are a merciful people descended from people of compassion. 

This is a treasured description of our peop…

Learning from Passover

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

As we gather around our seder tables to celebrate Passover with family and friends this week, we are reminded of our common history, traditions, and our most deeply-held values. For me, this holiday is a wonderful example of how the ideas that make us Jewish …