Posted January 6, 2016
In her recent Kveller article,Danielle Shapiro talks about the struggles of bringing her 4-year-old twins to a Tot Shabbat service. She writes, "For the rabbi whose service we disrupted, and the parents who heard our screaming, running children, and for the lady who I cut ahead of in the buffet line to get nuggets - all I have to say is I'm sorry, we have twins."
As a rabbi who works with children and families, I appreciate parents who want their children to behave and engage in our programming. As a parent of young children, I want my children to behave reasonably every time we leave the house. But I also know those are wishes, not realities.Read more
Posted December 30, 2015
The world seems especially dark right now, as tragic world events combine with the early night. So when I saw that Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense were putting on a series of rallies and walks around the country to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, I knew I had to be there.
This is one of those issues that keeps me up at night-worrying about the safety not just of my own children, but of all the children in this country. At a time of year when darkness descends so early, and when most cultures celebrate light, the rally's occurrence on the last night of Hanukkah seemed like God's way of telling me that this was how I could spread the light to close out the holiday.Read more
Posted December 22, 2015
As reports of terrorism and intolerance weigh heavily on the holiday season, is peace really possible? TODAY's Hoda Kotb posed the question to three female religious leaders: Rev. Jacqui Lewis of New York City's Middle Collegiate Church, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Central Synagogue in New York City, and Muslim peace advocate Sahar Alsahlani.
Posted December 11, 2015
Posted December 3, 2015
Deciding between security or refugees, “them” or “us,” obscures the real choice we make in the most challenging of times: will our fear win, or will our humanity? Will we turn inward or will we live our highest values of love for the stranger, knowing the soul of the stranger as intimately as we do? As Jews who know what it means to be turned away from borders, our answer must be yes, let them in.Read more
Posted November 16, 2015
With pain, horror, and profound disquiet, we have watched the violence in Paris – and its effects – unfold this weekend. Only two weeks ago, I led a Central Synagogue mission to Paris. How devastating it is to see this City of Light enveloped in such darkness.
Posted October 15, 2015
The Your Voice Matters initiative offered our membership the opportunity to meet with senior clergy, and with each other, to learn how we think about Reform Judaism and Central Synagogue. In a series of intimate gatherings at the homes of fellow congregants, we explored how Central serves as a House of Worship (Beit Tefillah), a House of Study (Beit Midrash) and a House of Gathering (Beit Kinesset). We heard how it serves your needs, the needs of the congregation, and the needs of the larger community.Read more
Posted October 9, 2015
With your children, generate ideas and family activities that will fulfill these four mitzvot: (1) As a family we can remember Shabbat by... (2) As a family we can observe Shabbat by... (3 & 4) As a family we can honor and delight in Shabbat by...Read more
Posted October 1, 2015
Central Synagogue is proud to be co-sponsoring a six-part speaker series on the topic of Jewish values and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The series attempts to rectify the internal Jewish communal challenges related to talking about the conflict by naming and working through the various values narratives that animate different political views about the conflict. Together with the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, this series seeks to make the participants more self-aware of the values makeup of their own political views, and attempts to create a more stable pluralism in Jewish life in how we talk about this most divisive issue.Read more
Posted September 16, 2015
Please join Rabbi Stephanie D. Kolin and other Central Synagogue leaders at the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial Conference on November 4-8, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The URJ Biennial is the place for Jews from across North America to come together to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, hear from inspiring speakers and the leaders of the Reform Movement; reunite with old friends, create new connections, and make decisions about the policies of our Movement.Read more