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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B’Chol Dor V’Dor — In Every Generation

Dear Friends,

Jew hate in all its forms is rearing its ugly head in alarmingly high numbers.

Just yesterday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released its 2022 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents, which reported a dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents of all kinds, including vandalism and…

In This Together With Israel

I’ve just returned from a sobering visit to Israel. I traveled with 30 Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) colleagues for 24 hours of high-level meetings with partners, leaders, and government officials about the unfolding situation in Israel. Our goals were to listen and learn, sho…

 Living Our Lives at Eye Level

Dear Friends,     

On the holiday of Purim, we read the Book of Esther and learn the story of how the courageous Esther entered the palace of King Achashverosh and saved the Jewish People from destruction. This is a profound literary work riddled with satire of a society and its leaders,…

Hope Beyond the Divide

Dear Friends,

As a North American Jew who feels deep love and responsibility for Israel and the Jewish People, I find this moment in time profoundly humbling and vexing. This week has highlighted both our struggles and our resiliency, both the depths of our dividedness and the power of our …

We Remember

Dear Friends,

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and marks 78 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. It is a day to honor the millions of victims and remember one of the darkest moments in Jewish and human history. It is a day to contemplate the horrors of which even ordinar…