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Remembering Kristallnacht

Posted November 9, 2017

Remembering Kristallnacht

We remember that 79 years ago, on November 9th and 10th, the Nazi party, alongside regular civilians, engaged in a series of coordinated pogroms against Jews in Germany and Austria in an evening we now call Kristallnach, the night of broken glass.

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Central Synagogue’s Raise the Age Action with Governor Cuomo

Posted March 17, 2017

Central Synagogue’s Raise the Age Action with Governor Cuomo

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Central Synagogue hosted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, before 1,000 people, representing over 65 faith communities and justice organizations from across the city and state to discuss a very important topic: age-appropriate treatment of youth in the New York criminal justice system. New York is one of two states in the country that treats 16 and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. These youths are denied access to vital resources in the juvenile system and can be housed with adults, which puts them at a greater risk for abuse and recidivism. Read more

Introducing our Director of Adult Engagement

Posted March 25, 2016

Introducing our Director of Adult Engagement

We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Ben Greenberg will be Central Synagogue's new Director of Adult Engagement (DOAE). Rabbi Greenberg is a writer, consultant, and educator. He most recently served as a planning executive at UJA-Federation of New York, where he helped more than 80 synagogues in New York City design and execute engagement programs, fundraising campaigns, and professional development opportunities.

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Are These Shows Too Jewish? Maybe Not…

Posted March 10, 2016

Are These Shows Too Jewish? Maybe Not…

Are These Shows Too Jewish? Maybe Not…

As the broadcast and cable TV networks air their season finales to make way for summer replacement shows, you may ask yourself: with everything on the air, on cable and on the web, is there anything worth watching? In the case of at least two series, both on Amazon Prime, the answer is a resounding yes. Not only are they very good, they are also very Jewish.

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Introducing our new Executive Director

Posted February 17, 2016

After many months of careful work by our Search Committee, and a unanimous vote of approval by our Executive Committee which brought its recommendation to The Board of Trustees, we are delighted to share with you that Central Synagogue's new Executive Director will be Marcia Caban. Marcia will join the Central team on April 18th.

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Rabbi Buchdahl on the Today Show: Is peace possible?

Posted December 22, 2015

As reports of terrorism and intolerance weigh heavily on the holiday season, is peace really possible? TODAY's Hoda Kotb posed the question to three female religious leaders: Rev. Jacqui Lewis of New York City's Middle Collegiate Church, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Central Synagogue in New York City, and Muslim peace advocate Sahar Alsahlani.

Rabbi Kolin Speaks Out on Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

Posted December 3, 2015

Rabbi Kolin Speaks Out on Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

Deciding between security or refugees, “them” or “us,” obscures the real choice we make in the most challenging of times: will our fear win, or will our humanity? Will we turn inward or will we live our highest values of love for the stranger, knowing the soul of the stranger as intimately as we do? As Jews who know what it means to be turned away from borders, our answer must be yes, let them in.

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A Prayer for Peace

Posted November 16, 2015

A Prayer for Peace

With pain, horror, and profound disquiet, we have watched the violence in Paris – and its effects – unfold this weekend. Only two weeks ago, I led a Central Synagogue mission to Paris. How devastating it is to see this City of Light enveloped in such darkness.

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Your Voice Matters: Summary Report

Posted October 15, 2015

The Your Voice Matters initiative offered our membership the opportunity to meet with senior clergy, and with each other, to learn how we think about Reform Judaism and Central Synagogue. In a series of intimate gatherings at the homes of fellow congregants, we explored how Central serves as a House of Worship (Beit Tefillah), a House of Study (Beit Midrash) and a House of Gathering (Beit Kinesset). We heard how it serves your needs, the needs of the congregation, and the needs of the larger community.

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Youth & Family Engagement: The Mitzvot of Shabbat

Posted October 9, 2015

Youth & Family Engagement: The Mitzvot of Shabbat

With your children, generate ideas and family activities that will fulfill these four mitzvot: (1) As a family we can remember Shabbat by... (2) As a family we can observe Shabbat by... (3 & 4) As a family we can honor and delight in Shabbat by...

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