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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The Threefold Chord

Shalom Chaverim,

Last week more than 100 people representing Jewish organizations from across Greater Boston gathered in the beautiful social hall of Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline for the second LEAP (Leveraging Expertise to Advance Partners) session. LEAP was developed in dire…

Children of the Same Parent

Shalom Chaverim,

As I’m growing older, I’m finding that the joy and lightheartedness of New Year’s Eve is giving way to a more somber and reflective sense of my own and the world’s vulnerability.

I tend to be a person who sees the good and light in the world. Articles such as Nicho…

We Are One People

Shalom Chaverim,

Last night, I was surrounded by more than 4,000 people at the opening plenary of the national conference of the Israeli American Council (IAC). A relatively new organization, IAC is a phenomenon in the landscape and history of American Jewish life and the Jewish people. IAC…

The Blessing of Democracy

Shalom Chaverim,

I just returned from an intense and inspiring week in Israel with a small but mighty group of talented young professionals from our community.

In spite of the rockets from Gaza and the continued paralysis of Israel’s political process, we saw firsthand the vibrancy and d…

Life Lessons from RBG

Shalom Chaverim, 

Earlier this week, I attended CJP's annual Lion of Judah Luncheon, an opportunity to celebrate the generosity, dedication, and leadership of hundreds of women in our community. The people and the energy at the event were great, but what stood out most to me was the conten…