Posted February 26, 2015
As a community of adult learners, we have all directly benefited from Rabbi David Kalb's gifted teaching, enthusiasm for all Jewish learning, and commitment to Jewish texts. And so it is with some sadness for us, but joy for David, that we share the following news.
David has just informed us that as of July 1, he has agreed to take on a new position as the Rabbi of Beit Ohr Torah of New York, a new type of Jewish institution founded by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Israel, Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone, and founding rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York.Read more
Posted February 2, 2015
Our congregation gathered for Shabbat Shirah on Friday, January 30 to celebrate the installation of Cantor Mo Glazman as senior cantor. Congregation president David Edelson presented Cantor Glazman with a tallit embroidered with Psalm 150, the theme of the evening. Cantor Glazman shared the story of his family's history and his journey to Central Synagogue. Rabbi Buchdahl and Cantor Botton of Central Synagogue and Rabbis Tom Weiner and Shira Milgrom of Congregation Kol Ami in Westchester, Cantor Glazman's prior synagogue, gave remarks. Highlights of the evening included several Shabbat melodies written by Cantor Glazman in the style of soul music, and a surprise reprise of Psalm 150 to the tune of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" sung by the entire congregation.Read more
Posted January 15, 2015
Elections in Israel are approaching in March. But this year, every Jew in the world can cast a vote to influence the life of Israel. Approximately every five years, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) runs an election and every Jew in the world is allowed to make their vote count. Join me today in helping support Reform values, women’s rights, and religious pluralism by voting for ARZA, the Reform Jewish platform, in the WZC election that begins today.Read more
Posted January 15, 2015
We are excited to introduce to you our new senior leadership team for youth and family education at Central Synagogue. Effective July 1, Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal will become our Director of Youth & Family Education, a new position reflecting our belief that our education programs for families with children of all ages, up to the end of college, require highly experienced and focused leadership.Read more
Posted January 14, 2015
In 1946 President Harry S. Truman sent a letter to our Rabbi Jonah B. Wise at the time of Central's 100th anniversary praising our efforts to assist Europe's World War II displaced persons. A world situation where "tyranny extinguishes the freedom of one it extinguishes the freedom of all" (quoting from the letter) is very much on the current national agenda. It is good to know that Central's past concern for the peoples of the world is still one of our great concerns, and that we remain in the awareness of the White House.Read more
Posted January 13, 2015
We are delighted to share some exciting news with you to start off 2015. We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Stephanie Kolin will join Central Synagogue as an Associate Rabbi, effective July 1, 2015, working alongside Rabbi Buchdahl, Cantor Glazman, Cantor Cadrain, Rabbi Lorge, and Rabbi Salth.Read more
Posted January 9, 2015
We are horrified and saddened by the recent terrorist events unfolding in France—including the shootings at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and in a kosher supermarket, and the killing of police.
We mourn the loss of innocent lives and pray for a safe and speedy recovery for the hostages. It is hard to fathom a hatred that would lead to such senseless violence and destruction. And it is a sacrilege to justify violence of this kind in the name of religion.
Our prayers go out to the hostages, the victims and their families. We will honor their memory tonight at Shabbat services and we will pray for peace in a world that so desperately needs it.
Posted December 22, 2014
Rabbi Buchdahl was invited to the Obama family's White House Chanukah Party on December 17, 2014, to recite the blessings during the chanukiyah lighting.
Posted December 18, 2014
We are so used to the comforting view of our Friday evening Shabbat Service being nearly full to capacity weekly, it is hard to think of this service as an innovation at Central Synagogue. Nearly 100 years ago, the idea of celebrating Shabbat’s arrival with a synagogue service on Friday evening was just a thought, duly noted in the October 6, 1915 Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees. As most people would go home on Friday evening to Shabbat dinner with family and friends, then come to synagogue on Saturday morning for a formal Shabbat service, the change was something to be further considered.Read more
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.