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Our Reflections for the New Year 5775

Posted September 17, 2014

Our Reflections for the New Year 5775

Each of our clergy shared their reflections for the new year in their holiday card to the congregation.

“Let us reflect together on our hopes for the new year…”

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Central Synagogue Celebrates the Installation of Angela Warnick Buchdahl as Senior Rabbi

Posted September 11, 2014

Central Synagogue Celebrates the Installation of Angela Warnick Buchdahl as Senior Rabbi

Ceremony Scheduled for September 19 Shabbat Services

New York, September 11, 2014 – Central Synagogue will officially install Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl as its senior rabbi at an installation ceremony on Friday, September 19 during Shabbat services, which begin at 6 p.m. (EDT). Rabbi Buchdahl is well known to the congregation and the broader faith community of New York City, having served as the Synagogue’s senior cantor since 2006.

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David Edelson: 6 Highlights in a Busy Summer

Posted September 2, 2014

David Edelson: 6 Highlights in a Busy Summer

David B. Edelson, President

Dear Fellow Congregants,

The summer has come and gone and September is now upon us, with the High Holy Days not far behind.

The difficult situation in Israel and the Middle East has undoubtedly preoccupied and upset many of us over the past two months, as have the situations in Iraq, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Regardless, I hope you were able to find time to enjoy family and friends.

There has been much activity at Central over the summer in preparation for a busy fall. Here are some of the highlights…

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Central Synagogue Staff Takes On the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS

Posted August 15, 2014

Central Synagogue Staff Takes On the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS

Introduced to Central by two of our teens, the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness is spreading through the Central Synagogue staff. Read more

Perspectives on Peace from Amos Oz

Posted August 5, 2014

Perspectives on Peace from Amos Oz

Deutsche Welle published the transcript of a powerful interview with renowned Israeli novelist and journalist Amos Oz. Oz is a leading spokesperson for the Peace movement in Israel, which makes the beginning of his interview even more striking.
Oz: 'Lose-lose situation for Israel'

Philip Gourevitch's excellent piece in the New Yorker puts the Amos Oz interview in context and gives a balanced and honest take on the path to peace.
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Rabbi Buchdahl: Some News and Thoughts on Israel

Posted July 28, 2014

Three things—two articles and one song—caught my attention this weekend among all the news coming out of Israel, and I wanted to share them with all of you. Please let me know your thoughts.

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Rabbi Buchdahl: Israel Does Not Stand Alone

Posted July 25, 2014

Rabbi Buchdahl: Israel Does Not Stand Alone

The foreign prophet Balaam, sent to curse Israel, ended up blessing Israel instead: “Behold it is a people that dwells alone, not reckoned among the nations.” (Numbers 23:9)

As the conflict continues in Gaza, Balaam’s words feel eerily prophetic—and more curse than blessing.

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David Edelson: 8 Summer Announcements

Posted July 9, 2014

David Edelson: 8 Summer Announcements

David B. Edelson, President

Dear Fellow Congregants,

I wanted to remind you that last week, on July 1, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl became our Senior Rabbi! This is an historic and joyful time for our congregation and I know that all of us join together to wish Rabbi Buchdahl all good things as she takes on this awesome responsibility.

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Rabbi Rubinstein Blesses Rabbi Buchdahl

Posted June 30, 2014

Rabbi Rubinstein Blesses Rabbi Buchdahl

For those who missed it, you will want to watch Rabbi Rubinstein bless Rabbi Buchdahl during Friday night services on June 27. It was a magical and moving moment in a season full of wonderful celebrations and tributes. Read more

A Look at Our History: Plant Motifs

Posted June 16, 2014

A Look at Our History: Plant Motifs

Chapel mosaic 1132, Capella Palantina, Sicily

This mosaic border is in the Royal Chapel (Capella Palantina) of the Kingdom of Sicily, built in 1132.

Plant motifs have been used to represent life and seasonal awareness since very early times.

At Central Synagogue, this same motif encircle the tops of the two towers of our synagogue building. They call attention to the continuum of life and our congregation.

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