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Remembering Kristallnacht

Posted November 9, 2017

Remembering Kristallnacht

We remember that 79 years ago, on November 9th and 10th, the Nazi party, alongside regular civilians, engaged in a series of coordinated pogroms against Jews in Germany and Austria in an evening we now call Kristallnach, the night of broken glass.

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Why I Run: Rabbi Maurice Salth’s Reflection on Running the New York City Marathon

Posted November 2, 2017

Why I Run: Rabbi Maurice Salth’s Reflection on Running the New York City Marathon

I run because on the marathon course I am eyewitness and beneficiary of a taste of Olam HaBah – Judaism’s concept of the world as it ought to be; where people from all backgrounds and more than 100 nations are running, cheering and genuinely supporting each other.

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The Holiness Code: Six Reflections from Central Members

Posted September 27, 2017

The Holiness Code: Six Reflections from Central Members

On Yom Kippur afternoon we read a section of the Torah known as the holiness code. This section, found in chapter 19 of Leviticus, is at the heart of the Torah and contains some of the most moving commandments within our tradition. We asked six of our members to reflect upon one of these commandments. They did so in front of our community just after we chanted from the Torah. We are grateful for their personal and moving insights which are shared below:

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Posted August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

As the High Holy Days approach, the Unetanetokef liturgy comes unsettlingly to life…. “Who by fire, who by water.” We will do our part to show up for those who have lost everything.

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Remarks from the 2017 Annual Meeting

Posted May 25, 2017

Remarks from the 2017 Annual Meeting

Watch Senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and synagogue president Abigail Pogrebin deliver their remarks at our 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting, held on Thursday, May 25. Read more

Central Synagogue’s Raise the Age Action with Governor Cuomo

Posted March 17, 2017

Central Synagogue’s Raise the Age Action with Governor Cuomo

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Central Synagogue hosted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, before 1,000 people, representing over 65 faith communities and justice organizations from across the city and state to discuss a very important topic: age-appropriate treatment of youth in the New York criminal justice system. New York is one of two states in the country that treats 16 and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. These youths are denied access to vital resources in the juvenile system and can be housed with adults, which puts them at a greater risk for abuse and recidivism. Read more

Reflections from Central Synagogue Teens on their Trip to Spain

Posted March 6, 2017

Reflections from Central Synagogue Teens on their Trip to Spain

At the Jewish Cemetery in Segovia, Spain.

Recently, Central Synagogue's confirmation class took a trip to Spain, exploring its rich and often tragic Jewish history. At the end of each day, a question was posed to our teens and they were asked to record their reflections. Here's what they had to say.

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Rabbi Buchdahl On SiriusXM’s Dean Obeidallah Show

Posted February 6, 2017

Rabbi Buchdahl On SiriusXM’s Dean Obeidallah Show

Rabbi Buchdahl joined Dean Obeidallah on his radio show to discuss the recently launched Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, our moral obligation to stand up for those most vulnerable, and how we as Americans can find connection in a time of deepening discord.

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Caring Conversations: Facing Our Mortality

Posted January 31, 2017

Caring Conversations: Facing Our Mortality

Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein

What does quality of life mean to you? Have you communicated those wishes to loved ones? Who will speak for you when you are no longer able to speak for yourself? Read Rabbi Rubinstein's remarks from his Caring Conversations talk on Tuesday, January 31 where he shared his wisdom and provided meaningful Jewish context for this conversation that is important and relevant to every adult, at every stage of life.

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Bible & Bagels: Once Around the Torah in 24 Years

Posted January 5, 2017

Bible & Bagels: Once Around the Torah in 24 Years

One of the more familiar passages of the Mishnah enumerates good deeds that cannot be done too often, among them honoring parents, engaging in deeds of loving kindness, visiting the sick, making peace among people. And it concludes, "the study of Torah encompasses them all." If so, then a milestone reached this past December 14 by the 26 congregants enrolled in Bible and Bagels – completion of the reading of the entire Torah – marks a singular accomplishment and the most meaningful connection to our faith.

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