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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Sounding the Trumpets

Dear Friends,  

In this week’s Torah portion, God instructs Moses to make two silver trumpets that will be blown to “summon the congregation and announce the departure of the camps.” These trumpets had dual purposes: to gather and mobilize. In war, they were a call to action and def…

Coming Home

Dear Friends, 

My late father, of blessed memory, was not a learned Jew nor what I would call a spiritual or intellectual “seeker.” He strove to live a values-driven life of integrity and was fiercely committed to family and community. While he and my mother gave me extraordinary oppor…

Remembering, Reflecting, Rebuilding

Dear Friends,

This is a powerful and poignant time of year. Yesterday we commemorated Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, and next week we will commemorate Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror, and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 74th Inde…

We Cannot Stand by and Wait for the Sea to Part

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow night, the holiday of Passover begins with the annual Passover Seder, perhaps the most observed Jewish practice in the world by Jews of every background and identity. Our holiday of freedom and redemption comes amidst clouds of darkness in our world, including the hor…

It’s All About the Kids – Reflections from Israel

Dear Friends,

I am writing from Jerusalem at the end of a meaningful week in Israel with an incredible group from CJP's Leon and Cynthia Shulman Acharai Leadership Program. While the war in Ukraine enters its sixth week, and tensions in Israel are high given this past week’s horrific ter…