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Clergy: We mourn and stand with Israel

Posted November 19, 2014

We are devastated by yesterday’s terrorist attack at the the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem.

We at Central, along with the whole House of Israel, mourn the deaths of Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Kalman Levine, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, and police officer Zidan Saif. Our hearts are with the families who have lost their loved ones and we pray that those who were injured in the attack find healing.

It seems especially painful that terrorists attacked just as worshipers were offering their prayers for peace. But they cannot silence our prayers.

During Shabbat services this Friday, we will take time to offer a prayer for peace and direct our hearts toward Jerusalem, in solidarity with Israel.

Zichronam livracha, may their memories be a blessing.

A Prayer for the State of Israel

Posted September 24, 2014

During these Ten Days of Teshuvah, of repentance and reflection, the clergy will be encouraging our congregants to take a few minutes each day to pray and support Israel. Read more

Congregation Celebrates Installation of Rabbi Buchdahl

Posted September 22, 2014

Congregation Celebrates Installation of Rabbi Buchdahl

During Shabbat worship on Friday, September 19, Central Synagogue celebrated the joyous and historic installation of Senior Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl. The ceremony was led by Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Rabbi Elka Abrahamson, and Central's clergy. The congregation was invited to share their blessings for Rabbi Buchdahl to mark this occasion, which were displayed during the service. Read more

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.
An Honest Voice in Israel

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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