A Message from Marc

Just Build It

Dear Friends,

I hope your High Holidays have been meaningful, joyous, and grounding as we enter a new year that continues to be more challenging and unpredictable than we hoped. The chance to sing and pray together with my community (outside, wearing masks) was, for me, an uplifting reminde…

A Torah of Messiness

Dear Friends,

After seven weeks away at summer camp, my children recently returned with a mix of joy and relief, as well as sadness about the end of camp and summer. Like many other homes at this time of year, ours is messy as the kids unpack from camp and prepare for school, both physicall…

Resilience and Tisha B'Av

Dear Friends,

I returned this morning from four intense days in Israel as part of CJP’s Solidarity Mission. I traveled with a diverse group of CJP leaders and volunteers whose passion, curiosity, and love of Israel inspired me. I felt similarly to many others who just needed to get back h…

Freedom for What?

Dear Friends,

As we head into Independence Day weekend, I find myself reflecting on freedom.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursui…

Juneteenth

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, President Biden signed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. The day marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when formerly enslaved Black people in Texas were freed. While this has long been a day of celebration for many Black people, especially in th…