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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Our Future in Our Hands

Shalom Chaverim,

Earlier this week, we celebrated the 71st anniversary of official birth of the State of Israel, the day on which Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, read aloud the Declaration of Independence for the world and the Jewish People to hear. According to the Decla…

Standing Together in Challenging Times

Shalom Chaverim,

It has been a long and emotional week. Ceremonies across the community — and the world — commemorated Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), which culminates with one more opportunity to come together this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Faneuil Hall.

Last Saturday, as we prepar…

Read On

Shalom Chaverim, 

Earlier this week, CJP hosted our third annual Read On event, featuring Dara Horn, author of Eternal Life, the book that many across our community have been reading throughout the year. An added dimension of this year’s event was a new partnership with our Women’s Phi…

A Room With A View

Shalom Chaverim, 

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. We spoke about the challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth and our country, about leadership and service, and about what it means to fight for the values we care about i…

We Need to Disagree Better

Shalom Chaverim, 

Last Shabbat, a woman approached me in synagogue. “I heard that you’re on a listening tour,” she said. I confirmed. 

“Well here’s what I have to say,” she continued. “I think we are destroying ourselves when we argue with one another. We need to be unified…