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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Jewish Genealogy and the Search for Identity

Shalom Chaverim,
Earlier this summer I met with the two presidents of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB). The Society is an organization run entirely by volunteers with hundreds of members and is associated with more than 70 other Jewish genealogical societies wor…

"Matterness" and Leadership

Shalom Chaverim,
One of the books I am reading this summer, or in this case re-reading, is Matterness by Allison Fine. Subtitled “Fearless Leadership for a Social World,” the book explores the nature of our highly networked, interconnected society and the implications this has for c…

A Community Engaged with the World

Shalom Chaverim, 

It has been just about a year since I assumed the role of President and CEO of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and this week I had one of my proudest moments so far. I travelled to Brockton City Hall to join elected officials as well as colleagues from United Way of Mass…

Flipping the Script: Following the Lead of the Next Generation

Shalom Chaverim,

As we emerge from last week’s holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the giving and receiving of the Torah, and at a time of year when many are graduating, I want to reflect on the power and importance of Jewish education. Last week, I witnessed an exquisite example of gr…

Coming of Age on Memorial Day

Shalom Chaverim,

This past Monday I attended a Memorial Day bar mitzvah of a close family friend. The singing was spirited, the Torah reading was flawless, and the (shorter) weekday liturgy made it just the right length! But the most meaningful moment for me was when the uncle of the bar mi…