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Welcoming Our New Senior Cantor Daniel Mutlu

Posted November 30, 2016

Welcoming Our New Senior Cantor Daniel Mutlu

We are delighted to share that Daniel Mutlu, one of the foremost cantorial voices in this country, will be joining Central Synagogue's clergy team as Senior Cantor, effective July 1, 2017. Cantor Mutlu will work with our gifted Cantor Julia Cadrain, and together they will continue to elevate our musical leadership, weekly Shabbat worship, holiday celebrations, and b'nei mitzvah preparation for children and adults.

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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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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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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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Preparing for a Sweet New Year 5776

Posted September 3, 2015

Preparing for a Sweet New Year 5776

Our clergy are having fun preparing for a sweet New Year...

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Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Rubinstein

Posted June 16, 2014

Thousands of congregants gathered for Shabbat worship on Friday, June 13 to honor Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Central Synagogue's departing senior rabbi. Highlights of the evening included a joyous Hakafah; a tribute video prepared by Rabbi Rubinstein's friends, family, and colleagues; presentations of Words of Faith, Hope, and Character, a book of the rabbi's sermons, the Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Fund for the Renaissance of Reform Judaism, and the naming Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Chapel in the Community House; a "flash mob" of students singing and dancing to Rabbi Buchdahl's rendition of “Higher Love,” and concentric circles of Rabbi Rubinstein's family, clergy colleagues from Central and beyond, and all of the congregation joining hands in "concentric circles" in blessing. Read more

Families Celebrate Rabbi Rubinstein at Shabbat

Posted May 19, 2014

Families Celebrate Rabbi Rubinstein at Shabbat

Members of all ages came to worship with Rabbi Rubinstein on May 16, celebrating him with singing, laughter, and special blessings.

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Yom HaShoah at Central

Posted May 2, 2014

Our community gathered on Monday, April 28, 2014 to remember the 6,000,000 men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust. Rabbi Rubinstein, Rabbi Buchdahl, Pastor Derr, Alice Greenwald of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, each reflected on this tragedy. Read more

Video: The Music of Central Synagogue

Posted January 8, 2014

Video: The Music of Central Synagogue

Central Synagogue is widely known for its world class musicians and unique integration of song into weekly prayer. In this video, Senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Assistant Cantor Julia Cadrain share their perspective on the significance and power of music in Jewish worship. Read more

Worship at Central Synagogue: Creating Personal Connection

Posted November 21, 2013

Worship at Central Synagogue: Creating Personal Connection

The clergy at Central Synagogue, one of the largest Reform congregations in North America, embrace a unique and thoughtful approach to the worship experience. The result is a thriving community of New York Jews and livestreaming congregants who find deeper meaning through ever-evolving liturgy. This short video offers a close-up look at the thought process that drives our clergy to keep challenging the congregation to find personal connection to worship. Read more

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