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Reflection on Women’s Fall Retreat

Posted October 24, 2019

Reflection on Women’s Fall Retreat

Last weekend, alongside Rabbis Angela Buchdahl, Nicole Auerbach, and Lori Koffman, 70 women came together for a special full-day retreat in the Flatiron district and enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating Shabbat experience. Central member Jane Ginns provides a meaningful reflection on her experience. Read more

The Holiness Code: Torah Reflections from Central Members (2019)

Posted October 17, 2019

The Holiness Code: Torah Reflections from Central Members (2019)

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 a few 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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Rabbi Hilly Haber Moderates Panel of Social Justice Advocates on Yom Kippur

Posted October 10, 2019

Rabbi Hilly Haber Moderates Panel of Social Justice Advocates on Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur, Rabbi Hilly Haber moderated a panel discussion between Terrance Coffie, Topeka K. Sam, and Kempis “Ghani” Songster whose lives have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system, and who have dedicated themselves to creating social and political change in America. Read more

Make Personal Connections through Central’s Congregant-to-Congregant Visiting Program

Posted September 25, 2019

This expanded initiative, which is overseen by Central’s Caring Committee, matches Central Synagogue members with those who may be home bound, recovering from illness, or simply interested in meeting new people. Participants meet on a monthly basis and connect in each other’s homes, over coffee or lunch, or a mutually enjoyable activity. Contact Rabbi Mo Salth to learn more about this program.

Central Celebrates 180th Anniversary in Israel

Posted September 4, 2019

More than 100 congregants celebrated Central Synagogue’s 180th anniversary with Rabbi Angela W. Buchdahl in Israel in late August. Take a look at their travel journal from the meaningful trip. Read more

Rabbi Buchdahl and Cantor Mutlu Bring Good Luck to the Mets on an Exciting Sunday at Citi Field

Posted July 31, 2019

Rabbi Buchdahl and Cantor Mutlu Bring Good Luck to the Mets on an Exciting Sunday at Citi Field

Last Sunday, July 28, more than 100 congregants, staff, members of clergy and their families joined together to fill the (thankfully, shaded) section 137 of Citi Field. Read more

Central Kicks Off Summer at URJ Camps

Posted July 30, 2019

Central Kicks Off Summer at URJ Camps

Wondering where some of our clergy, staff, and many member children have gone away this summer? Read more

Here’s How You Can Help at the U.S. Border Crisis

Posted July 19, 2019

We have been watching with horror the recent news of the callous and inhumane mistreatment of the “huddled masses” now gathered at our borders. The Talmud teaches us that if we fail to protest the actions of our fellow citizens, we become liable for their wrongs. In this moment, we as a faith community cannot afford to stand idly by while children are denied basic necessities.  If you would like to support organizations on the front lines, here are two other actions you can take: Read more

Grant from Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Fund Enables Hiring of Reform Rabbis on College Campuses

Posted July 11, 2019

Grant from Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Fund Enables Hiring of Reform Rabbis on College Campuses

This partnership will bring Reform rabbis to the campuses of UCLA and Brandeis University and rabbinic interns to Ohio State, Princeton and USC. Read more

Green Light NY: Immigration Reform Passes in NY State

Posted June 26, 2019

Green Light NY: Immigration Reform Passes in NY State

We are thrilled to share that on June 17, 2019, the NY State Governor, Senate, and Assembly passed the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light NY), which will restore the right to obtain a license, regardless of immigration status. Central Synagogue was proud to be part of a group of leaders from labor, the business community, other groups of faith and advocates, the New York Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-NY), and the Green Light Coalition to ensure the passage of this important initiative in New York State immigration reform. Click to read the statement from our partner Russ Agdern, the Senior Organizer of RAC-NY. Read more

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