CJP Blog

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 Tzur, whos…

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 lasted …

Of Missions (Economic) And Missions (Spiritual)

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP

Governor Charlie Baker and a high-level delegation of more than 60 leaders in business, technology, education, and health care visited Israel earlier this month, and I was honored to be a part of the mission.

This was Governor Baker’s first international…

Hope from the Ashes

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP

In 2014, as war raged between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Boston’s Jewish community rallied at City Hall Plaza in the heart of Boston.  Every day, Hamas was launching rockets by the hundreds at Israel’s cities and civilians. We came together to support I…