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Food Stamp Challenge: Day 3

Posted November 28, 2012

Steve Chudnow and his daughter Dani, 13, are taking the Food Stamp Challenge together this week. While at work and school respectively, they've been turning down tempting meals and snacks in order to keep within their weekly budget of $31.50.

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Food Stamp Challenge: Day 2

Posted November 27, 2012

The obvious "challenge" in this food stamp experience is budgetary: $1.50 per meal is substantially less than, for example, the cost of a Dunkin' Donuts breakfast sandwich--or even a cup of coffee there, for that matter. Read more

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 1

Posted November 26, 2012

Submitted by Cantor Buchdahl
Yesterday I prepared for our family's taking the Food Stamp Challenge by grocery shopping with my son, Gabriel, age 12. I admit it felt a little like cheating that I did my shopping at a Shaw's in Vermont, near my in-laws house, where the prices are definitely cheaper than in Manhattan.

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Hurricane Recovery Effort

Posted November 21, 2012

Many of our members have expressed interest in contributing to the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. We've compiled a list of ways that we can support our fellow New Yorkers. Read more

Parshat Toldot: The Jewish Food Stamp Challenge

Posted November 16, 2012

Poor Esau. The twin brother of our patriarch Jacob is portrayed as such a buffoon. He’s the red-haired Neanderthal hunter--a foil to Jacob, the mild, bookish mama’s boy. And proof-positive of Esau’s stupidity is the story, found in this week’s portion, of how he is duped into selling his birthright to Jacob over a bowl of lentil stew. Read more

Mitzvah Day 2012

Posted November 12, 2012

Mitzvah Day Collage

From the Bronx to Far Rockaway, our congregants pooled their time and efforts to assist their fellow New Yorkers.

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A Look at Our History: November 2012

Posted November 7, 2012

A Look at Our History: November 2012

For many years Central Synagogue has joined with our neighbor, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, for Thanksgiving services. In the mid 1970s, while St. Peter’s was replacing their 1905 Gothic style church building, they worshipped at Central Synagogue.

The new building for St. Peter’s Lutheran Church was integrated into the design of Citicorp Center and opened in 1977. While they were our guests at Central Synagogue, their bulletin board was displayed on Central’s building. This photo is of St. Peter’s last announcement on their board at Central Synagogue, in which they profess "We love you madly - Shalom."

These monthly historical briefs are prepared by Amy Goldberger, Chair of the Archives Committee and Anne Mininberg, Archivist

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Update on Hurricane Relief Effort

Posted November 7, 2012

Our congregation’s response to the disaster has been extraordinary. So many of you have offered your help and sought opportunities to support our neighbors at this terrible time. Even those physically unable to assist, have shared thoughts, prayers and funds—all of which mean so much to our community.

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Knitting for Mitzvah Day

Posted November 5, 2012

Why Knot Knit group shows off their creations
Our Why Knot Knit group shows off their creations
Our knitting group, Why Knot Knit, has made 193 items in time for this upcoming Mitzvah Day. That includes 45 knit bunnies, 33 adult hats, 12 infant hats, 26 lap blankets, 17 children's scarves, and 60 adult scarves. These items will be donated to New York Cares on Mitzvah Day as well as to those in New York City who are still without heat and in need of warm clothing and blankets. Kol HaKavod!

Recovering from Sandy

Posted November 2, 2012

Our beloved city has suffered massive destruction as a result of Sandy's powerful winds and incomparable flooding. Tonight we will read from the Torah about the tale of the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities similarly destroyed. The reasons given for their demise are helpful in understanding the wonder of our own town.

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