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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…

Malkah and the Search for Spirituality

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP

According to our tradition, God revealed himself to the Jewish people on Mt. Sinai on ShavuotShavuot marks the giving of the Torah; the moment that God revealed himself to the Hebrews; the spiritual birth of the Jewish people and the ultimate spiritual…

Finding My Tribe

By Wendy Polins

What makes a CJP mission to Israel so special? Wendy Polins traveled on the Women’s Philanthropy mission last month and returned with these insights: “This was not only about a mission to Israel, but it was about us connecting with each other from the Boston communi…

Hope and Freedom at Passover

Rabbi Soloveitchik, reflecting on Passover, notes that the journey to freedom begins in silent submission: “Before Moses, there was complete silence. Hundreds of thousands of Jews—all of them mute."

“Moses, by defending the helpless slave about to be murdered by an Egyptian, by rebu…

The Digital Jewish Future Is Here

By: Barry Shrage, President of CJP

Ask anyone at CJP and they’ll tell you the two words I utter more than any others: “Jewish future.” Okay, maybe “Birthright Israel.” But for the purposes of this blog, let's go with Jewish Future. The Jewish future is what drives our work. Yo…