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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Gratitude for Our Community

Dear Friends,

The High Holiday season is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead. It’s a time for introspection and a chance to recommit ourselves to the lives we aspire to live and the community we aspire to create.
Over this past year, there have been …

Back to School

Dear Friends,

This time of year is full of transitions and change, endings and new beginnings. For many in our community, it is also the start of a new school year, which comes with excitement about potential and possibilities, as well as nervousness or even trepidation.

As the Jewish High…

Remembering and Revival

Dear Friends,     

This week, I heard the extraordinary story of The Survivors’ Talmud (also known as the U.S. Army Talmud) — the nearly 3,000-page, foundational text of Rabbinic Judaism and Jewish life — that was published in Allied-occupied Germany after World War II on behalf…

We're so thankful for you!

We recently closed out our 2022–2023 fiscal year, and there was so much to celebrate. From our work in caring for the vulnerable to the immense success of Spark to the launch of our Face Jewish Hate campaign, your generosity has underpinned every contribution to a stronger and more vibrant…

In the Image of God

Dear Friends,
At the heart of the creation story in the Book of Genesis is a theological claim that is both Jewish and universal, and that is as profound and radical as it is basic: Every human being is created B’Tzelem Elohim, in the Image of God. There are many ways to understan…