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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…

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…

The Center of the City of Hope

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP 

On Tuesday morning, we met with Haifa Mayor Yonah Yahav. The Mayor spoke with pride about Haifa’s response to the fires that ravaged some of its neighborhoods last week. 

Mayor Yahav loves this city. He knows its strength is in its diversity, its stro…

In our Beloved Haifa, the Air is Smoky, but the Vision is Clear

By Barry Shrage, President of CJP 

I arrived in Haifa yesterday evening, coming directly from Ben Gurion airport to meet our Boston-Haifa committee members in the Romema section of Haifa.

The smell of smoke and ashes seems to be everywhere. This neighborhood, on the northern slopes of Mou…