A Message from Marc

Marc's Message

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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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Zachor — "You Shall Remember"

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

Earlier this week I had the privilege of joining renowned historian, Boston's own Dr. Jonathan Sarna, for a JewishBoston.com The Vibe of the Tribe podcast conversation about "Pandemics Past" and how American Jewish history can shed light on our current situat…

Calling One Another

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends), 

As we settle into this new reality (still changing by the day), CJP’s staff continues to focus on caring for our most vulnerable, supporting our ecosystem of Jewish institutions, and ensuring that our community can stay meaningfully engaged with Jewish li…

Enough and More

Shalom Chaverim (Hello Friends),

It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago we were debating whether to cancel large events, and last week we were deciding whether and when to move to working remotely. Today, we’ve seen large scale responses from the federal and state government, significa…

Show Me Your Face: Coronavirus, Connection, and Our Community

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I’ve spent much of the past week in touch with organizations and community members, talking about how CJP can play a positive role in helping people find the assistance they need while staying connected and engaged Jewishly during a very challenging tim…

Thoughts on Coronavirus and Purim

Shalom Chaverim,
I am writing on Purim, a holiday of celebration, joy, and fun in the face of a world that, especially at this moment, feels unpredictable.
One of the themes of the Purim story comes precisely from that unpredictability: nahafoch hu — fate can turn any moment and …