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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Lighting the Way

Shalom Chaverim,
Earlier this week, we marked Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the first day of the Jewish month of Kislev. It is the month with the shortest, darkest days of the year and it is the month in which Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, will remind us that we can see and create light in …

Practicing Patience

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

As we head into Shabbat, we are getting closer to an outcome for the 2020 presidential election.

This week has been a prolonged period of not-knowing on top of the anxiousness so many have been feeling about the outcome. May shabbat bring moments of peace, p…

Putting Things Back Together

Shalom Chaverim,

Earlier this week, over 150 members of our Greater Boston Jewish community participated in the Jewish Federations of North America’s first-ever virtual General Assembly, which brought together more than 10,000 people from across the country and around the globe. It was a …

Let There Be Light

Shalom Chaverim,

In normal years, there’s something cathartic about taking down our Sukkah at the end of the holiday season. The deconstruction of the physical structure mirrors the winding down of this period of heightened intensity and there’s a sense that we are ready to return to a …

History Has Its Eyes on Us (Sukkot Edition)

Shalom Chaverim,

This short week has felt like a roller-coaster,, as we emerged from Yom Kippur on Monday and prepare to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot this weekend.

As I thought about the health of our American democracy, the safety and well-being of the Jewish community and other vulner…