This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Tomcat does not support JSPs outside of the servlet context. What a lot of us are doing is using build tools like Ant or Maven to package common files into web applications at compile time. This gives us the benefit of having self sufficient web applications but without having to manage multiple copies of the same files by hand.