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Here’s what makes me WANT to get up at 5AM on a Friday morning…

Posted November 7, 2016

Here’s what makes me WANT to get up at 5AM on a Friday morning…

Emily (4th from the right) and friends preparing to serve meals for Central's Breakfast Program.

We're a lively bunch and this morning is no different except that the conversation extends past us to the eclectic group of people we're serving. There's David from London, who came here by way of New Jersey, and Aton who used to be in the military and likes his hot chocolate so sweet that it looks like sludge. There's Jay, who's incredibly quiet and always wears a Yankee's hat. And, there's the gentleman I like to call "Mr. Hot Chocolate," because he always asks for more refills than anyone else. Many of these guys are regulars at the program and I've gotten to know them a little better each time I volunteer.

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Farewell and Best Wishes to Kristy Wesolowski

Posted November 4, 2016

Farewell and Best Wishes to Kristy Wesolowski

Kristy Wesolowski on the 2014 B'nei Mitzvah Trip to Israel.

On Friday, we said goodbye to our beloved B'nei Mitzvah Program Manager.

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How Voter Registration Transformed Me

Posted November 1, 2016

How Voter Registration Transformed Me

The obligation and privilege to vote has always been somewhat obvious to my family, my friends, and me. So when Central asked for volunteers to help register voters, I signed up right away. I knew it would feel good to help, but I had no idea that the experience would be transformative.

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The Holiness Code: Six Reflections from Central Members

Posted October 26, 2016

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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Central Helps Hurricane-Ravaged Temple Build New Bimah

Posted October 24, 2016

Central Helps Hurricane-Ravaged Temple Build New Bimah

Damage from Hurricane Sandy suffered by West End Temple.

The condition of their sanctuary left me speechless. I could not comprehend how a congregation just 25 miles away from Central was in such disrepair. Although much of the building that is used for the religious school, Universal Pre-K, and community engagement, has now been reconstructed, at the beginning of the summer their sanctuary still had exposed sheet rock, water stained wood benches, bare cement floors, and a plywood bimah with a folding table and furniture borrowed from other congregations.

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Sukkot Video Series

Posted October 18, 2016

Sukkot Video Series

Who would you invite into your Sukkah? That is the question we posed to our clergy as we celebrated Sukkot this past week. Check out the complete five-part series.

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A Note of Appreciation from a High Holy Days Live Streamer

Posted October 18, 2016

A Note of Appreciation from a High Holy Days Live Streamer

I'm tearing up as I write this. It just means so much that you helped us rise above a number of very difficult circumstances to enjoy the holiday and make it feel special.

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Shimon Peres, z”l

Posted September 28, 2016

Shimon Peres, z”l

Photo | TheSundayTimes.co.uk

Today, we mourn the death of the last of Israel's founding fathers, Shimon Peres. Mr. Peres died Wednesday morning in Israel, after having suffered a stroke earlier this month. He was 93 years old.

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Central Synagogue’s New Portable Ark: Q & A with Artist Jeffrey Brosk

Posted September 27, 2016

Central Synagogue’s New Portable Ark: Q & A with Artist Jeffrey Brosk

Artist Jeffrey Brosk was recently commissioned to build a portable ark, a Torah reading desk, and two Torah holders for Central Synagogue. These ceremonial objects will be used at Lincoln Center High Holy Days services and in the Peter J. Rubinstein Chapel in the Community House during the rest of the year. Central’s Director of Communications Annette Powers sat down with Jeffrey to learn a little more about the project and his background as an artist.

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L’Shanah Tovah 5777: If Not Higher

Posted September 26, 2016

L’Shanah Tovah 5777: If Not Higher

This happened during the last week of the Hebrew month of Elul, just before Rosh HaShanah. It was the time for saying the special penitential prayers called S’lichot, the prayers asking for forgiveness. In this village, an official walked from house to house at dawn with his lantern, and he knocked on each door calling “Wake up! It’s time to wake up!” And the Jews got up to go to synagogue to say their prayers asking for forgiveness. During these days, a man came to the village to visit his cousin. He had never been there before, nor had he ever met their famous rabbi.

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