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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Rebuilding Our Burning World

Shalom Chaverim (hello friends),

Sometimes it feels like the world is more broken with each passing day. These last few weeks have felt that way for many of us, as we’ve seen the horrific anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh, the mass shooting in California, the devastating wildfires in Cali…

Wear Your Yarmulke Tighter

Shalom Chaverim (hello friends),

What a week.

I returned from an incredible eight days in Israel last week just in time to spend Shabbat with my family. Little did I or any of us expect that Shabbat — our day of community, connection, and peace — would be shattered by the horrific shoo…

Our First 'Activist' — Reflections from Israel

Shalom Chaverim (hello friends),

I am writing from Israel on my first CJP mission in my new role as President and CEO. Today, our leadership delegation of volunteers and staff will join with communities from around North America for a festive pre-Shabbat celebration in the Western Wall plaz…

Building a Covenental Community

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I hope your holiday season was meaningful and inspiring. For me, the season of new beginnings has been particularly poignant.

It has been just a few months since I started my new role as President and CEO of CJP. I have learned so much already about the pass…