CJP Blog

Our Obligation to Remember the Stranger and the Immigrant on Passover

By Barry Shrage, CJP President

Whenever the Torah wishes to impress on us the Mitzvah of having compassion and sympathy for the oppressed in society, it reminds us of our similar helplessness and lowly status during our bondage in Egypt. The most defenseless elements in society are usually…

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.

Hanukkah Reflections: We Are Not Enemies, But Friends

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP

As we celebrate Hanukkah 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…