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To The Mom with Multiple Kids, Stop Saying Sorry

Posted January 6, 2016

To The Mom with Multiple Kids, Stop Saying Sorry

In her recent Kveller article, Danielle Shapiro talks about the struggles of bringing her 4-year-old twins to a Tot Shabbat service. She writes, "For the rabbi whose service we disrupted, and the parents who heard our screaming, running children, and for the lady who I cut ahead of in the buffet line to get nuggets - all I have to say is I'm sorry, we have twins."

As a rabbi who works with children and families, I appreciate parents who want their children to behave and engage in our programming. As a parent of young children, I want my children to behave reasonably every time we leave the house. But I also know those are wishes, not realities.

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Why I Took My 7-Year-Old to a Gun Violence Prevention Rally

Posted December 30, 2015

Why I Took My 7-Year-Old to a Gun Violence Prevention Rally

The world seems especially dark right now, as tragic world events combine with the early night. So when I saw that Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense were putting on a series of rallies and walks around the country to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, I knew I had to be there.

This is one of those issues that keeps me up at night-worrying about the safety not just of my own children, but of all the children in this country. At a time of year when darkness descends so early, and when most cultures celebrate light, the rally's occurrence on the last night of Hanukkah seemed like God's way of telling me that this was how I could spread the light to close out the holiday.

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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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Introducing our new Director of Youth & Family Education

Posted January 15, 2015

Introducing our new Director of Youth & Family Education

We are excited to introduce to you our new senior leadership team for youth and family education at Central Synagogue. Effective July 1, Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal will become our Director of Youth & Family Education, a new position reflecting our belief that our education programs for families with children of all ages, up to the end of college, require highly experienced and focused leadership.

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A Century of Confirmation

Posted May 21, 2013

A Century of Confirmation

Confirmation Photos

We have re-framed all of our past Confirmation class photos, going back almost one hundred years to 1919! They are now hanging together on the 8th floor of the Community House.

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Teen Civil Rights Journey

Posted April 23, 2013

Teen Civil Rights Journey

Highlights of the trip included visits to the Rosa Parks Museum and the Southern Poverty Law Center and meetings with prominent members of the Civil Rights movement such as Bishop Woods and Joanne Bland.

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B’nei Mitzvah Israel Trip

Posted December 26, 2012

Some of our b’nei mitzvah families traveled to Israel in December to sightsee, learn, and celebrate.

View more photos on the CenSyn Teens Facebook page.

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Chanukah with Our Students

Posted December 11, 2012

Rabbi Rubinstein and three 5th graders lit Central's menorah on the first school night of Chanukah. And our nursery school students enjoyed latkes while learning about Chanukah traditions.

Teens Visit RAC in DC

Posted December 3, 2012

This weekend, our teens traveled to the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C., where they met Senator Schumer and Representative Maloney.