Posted September 10, 2015
Posted May 26, 2015
Posted April 8, 2015
Thirty years ago, Mildred Ross made Central Synagogue history by being elected its first female president, from 1985 to 1989.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 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 14, 2014
The seasonal pleasures of enjoying the aroma of the etrog (citrus fruit) and lulav bouquet in a sukkah are one of the special holiday memories of many Jews.
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman and Cantor Richard Botton bring this experience to all of us in a photo from about 35 years ago.Read more
Posted October 29, 2014
Central Synagogue has various arks in which to keep its many Torahs.
There are two arks in the main Sanctuary Building (consecrated in 1872): one in the main sanctuary and one in the Pavilion on the lower level, and there are three are in the Community House (consecrated in 1966): Beir Chapel on the lower level, the Peter J. Rubinstein Chapel, Mona Glickman Ark, on the 5th floor, and Room 903 (Meeting Room).Read more
Posted June 16, 2014
This mosaic border is in the Royal Chapel (Capella Palantina) of the Kingdom of Sicily, built in 1132.
Plant motifs have been used to represent life and seasonal awareness since very early times.
At Central Synagogue, this same motif encircle the tops of the two towers of our synagogue building. They call attention to the continuum of life and our congregation.Read more
Posted May 5, 2014
Posted April 2, 2014
Concern to have adequate matzah for all to properly celebrate Passover has been of interest to our congregation since the 1850s. Central’s Religious School students have participated in making matzah from time to time.Read more