CJP Blog

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 ca…

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 tha…

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 discoveri…

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 pla…

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 e…