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What to Make of The Book of Esther in 2019?

Posted March 14, 2019

What to Make of The Book of Esther in 2019?

The Biblical Book of Esther turns out to be a surprising read. Its rapid narrative is remarkably complex, hilarious, and accessible, especially considering it was authored 2,400 years ago. Esther, in more ways than I wish were true, addresses timeless themes which very much apply to our world. Read more

Mentors Matter: Helping Underserved High School Seniors with Central Congregants

Posted March 14, 2019

Mentors Matter: Helping Underserved High School Seniors with Central Congregants

400 high school seniors and only 1 college advisor. That’s what these wonderful, talented students are facing just a couple blocks away from our synagogue, at the High School of Art & Design, an extraordinary, state-of-the-art middle school/high school for kids with artistic talents who major in architecture, painting, drawing, cartooning, film, fashion, graphic design, set design. Read more

Relationships are Central

Posted March 8, 2019

With the arrival of the Hebrew month of Adar, we aim to increase our joy. Continuing our monthly series, we invite you to find greater joy by investing in relationships. Rabbi Ari Lorge explains in the video below, that all relationships exist on a spectrum. Some bring happiness and others may be detrimental. With that in mind, we challenge you to reflect on your relationships. Invest time and care to those that bring you happiness and fulfillment, and know there are resources to help if you find yourself in relationships that harm. This month, Relationships are Central, Joy is Central.

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FAQ - 2019/5780 High Holy Days Service Schedule Updates

Posted March 6, 2019

FAQ - 2019/5780 High Holy Days Service Schedule Updates

Our congregation came together for a congregational town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:00 pm in our Main Sanctuary. At this gathering, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl shared findings from our recently completed High Holy Days Experience Survey, and discussed some of the changes that are being proposed, including improvements to our High Holy Days service schedule. We hope to be able to answer some preliminary questions with this FAQ.

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A Recap: Congregational Town Hall Meeting

Posted March 6, 2019

A Recap: Congregational Town Hall Meeting

Watch Senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl deliver her remarks at our Congregational Town Hall Meeting, held on Tuesday, March 5.

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Faith Communities for Bail Reform Advocacy Day

Posted February 27, 2019

Faith Communities for Bail Reform Advocacy Day

Wednesday, February 27, Central congregants were in Albany as part of a Faith Communities for Bail Reform Advocacy Day. We met with 16 legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie, and their staffs, to impress upon them the urgency of this moment and the opportunity to pass meaningful and just bail reform now. Read more

Reflections from Central Synagogue Teens on their Trip to Rome

Posted February 27, 2019

Reflections from Central Synagogue Teens on their Trip to Rome

Earlier this year, the Confirmation class at Central Synagogue asked for more opportunities to travel, learn, and experience Jewish faith and tradition beyond New York City. The 11th graders traveled to Rome to explore the city and see how Jewish life compares to life at home.

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Surprising Gifts from a Downtown Shabbat

Posted February 20, 2019

On a wickedly windy, cold February evening, my children and I braved the weather and made our way to a downtown family service at Central. We are new to the congregation, and our daughter is preparing for her Bat Mitzvah in Spring of 2020. So, in truth, we've only been to a handful of services in the stunning uptown sanctuary. And as much as we love it, let's be honest, at 6 o'clock on a Friday, from downtown, it's a schlep. Read more

Antisemitism: Here and Now with Deborah Lipstadt

Posted February 15, 2019

Author Deborah Lipstadt joined our Central community for a meaningful discussion about the persistence of anti-Semitism.

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Rabbi Stephanie Kolin at Trinity Church: d’var Torah

Posted February 12, 2019

As a part of our continued conversation about bail reform in New York State, Rabbi Stephanie Kolin spoke to a congregation at Trinity Church about the importance of criminal justice reform. Read more

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