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Shimon Peres, z”l

Posted September 28, 2016

Shimon Peres, z”l

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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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The Israel No One Talks About

Posted September 1, 2016

The Israel No One Talks About

Bill Gates recently joined 2,000 attendees at Microsoft Israel's Think Next event and declared: "Israeli technology is improving the world." But herein lies the rub: no one knows it. The U.S. media focuses mostly on the political Israel and not on Israeli citizens who work quietly each day to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

Untold News was founded in 2010 to change all that.

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Salth in Israel

Posted February 26, 2016

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Salth in Israel

Sending Shabbat greetings from Israel where I am proud to represent our community at the annual conference of Reform rabbis, hosted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

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Central Synagugue Co-Sponsors Hartman Series on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted October 1, 2015

Central Synagugue Co-Sponsors Hartman Series on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Central Synagogue is proud to be co-sponsoring a six-part speaker series on the topic of Jewish values and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The series attempts to rectify the internal Jewish communal challenges related to talking about the conflict by naming and working through the various values narratives that animate different political views about the conflict. Together with the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, this series seeks to make the participants more self-aware of the values makeup of their own political views, and attempts to create a more stable pluralism in Jewish life in how we talk about this most divisive issue.

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Upcoming Central Synagogue Israel Trip

Posted August 31, 2015

Upcoming Central Synagogue Israel Trip

As Rabbi Buchdahl has so eloquently and passionately discussed, engaging more substantively with Israel is a congregational priority. Nothing brings Israel to life more vividly than visiting. We have a fabulous trip planned for this year.

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Reform Jewish Movement Response to Iran Deal

Posted August 19, 2015

Whether the JCPOA is approved or defeated, there will be a day after. It is essential that this debate not be allowed to create a lasting rift between Israel and the U.S., between North American Jews and Israelis, or among American Jews.

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Reform Movement Wins World Zionist Congress Election By Significant Margin

Posted June 5, 2015

Reform Movement Wins World Zionist Congress Election By Significant Margin

The Reform Jewish Movement was the clear winner in the critical World Zionist Congress election, according to results released today.

The ARZA slate, representing the Reform Movement and including Central Synagogue Senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, secured 56 seats out of a possible 145, winning nearly 40 percent of the votes cast in the United States – more than the amount of the next two slates combined.

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Rabbi Buchdahl: I’m Voting for Israel Today

Posted January 15, 2015

Rabbi Buchdahl: I’m Voting for Israel Today

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.

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Clergy: We mourn and stand with Israel

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.

A Prayer for the State of Israel

Posted September 24, 2014

During these Ten Days of Teshuvah, of repentance and reflection, the clergy will be encouraging our congregants to take a few minutes each day to pray and support Israel.

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