A Message from Marc

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CJP's President and CEO, Rabbi Marc Baker, writes and teaches about leadership, community, and civic life, bringing the voice of Jewish tradition to contemporary issues.


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Divergent Strands: Learning from President Biden and Purim

Dear friends,

This week, I joined Rabbi Michelle Robinson of Temple Emanuel of Newton for a virtual conversation with journalist and author Evan Osnos about his latest book, Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now. Based on extensive interviews with Biden and a wide range of othe…

Seeing and Being Seen

Dear Friends,

Earlier this week, CJP and the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project celebrated the beginning of Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month with “Together in Harmony,” an evening of learning and song. In his opening remarks and follow-up interview, Jacob …

This Land Is Our Land

Dear friends,

I watched Wednesday’s inauguration with a great deal of emotion. I was struck by Missouri Senator Roy Blunt’s quote from President Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration: “We come to this place once again,” Blunt said. “Commonplace and miraculous, a national moment of …

Servant Leadership

Dear friends,

We are still reeling from last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, which reflected our country at its worst. Yet, we are looking forward to Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day next week, both of which inspire hope for a better future.

These days also remind us th…

Storming the Capitol

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Like most of you I’m sure, I have spent today watching the events taking place at our Capitol with sadness and horror.

As a proud American, it broke my heart when my son said to me, “Abba (Dad), we are the laughingstock of the world.” I never imagined …