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We Pray for Peace in Jerusalem

Posted May 13, 2021

My heart is in the East and I am at the end of the West.” These words of the 12th Century poet Rabbi Yehuda Halevi capture the feeling of distance and despair I feel in this moment of devastating violence in Israel this week.

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Reflections from Shani Ben Or Regarding The Outbreak of Violence in Israel

Posted May 13, 2021

Every week, I lead a women’s circle of Palestinian and Jewish students at Hebrew University, where we come together to explore the unique dimensions of our identities as women.

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An Important Message from Central Synagogue

Posted April 27, 2021

We are writing to you today as your Senior Rabbi, Executive Director, and congregational President from a place of communal sadness, anger, shame, and Teshuvah.

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Coming Together in Mourning and In Resolve

Posted March 22, 2021

Coming Together in Mourning and In Resolve

On Tuesday, March 16th eight people were murdered by a gunman in Atlanta. This brutal and horrific attack stands out as one among many, growing instances of violence targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) over the last year. And, as Central member Qian Julie Wang wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed, “though Anti-Asian sentiment has increased during the pandemic, it is woven into the very fabric of this country”. Read more

Resources for Central’s Early Childhood Virtual Seder

Posted March 22, 2021

Resources for Central's Short and Sweet Early Childhood Virtual Seder Read more

A New Chapter for Cantor Julia Cadrain

Posted March 22, 2021

A New Chapter for Cantor Julia Cadrain

We read in the book of Deuteronomy, "Blessed shall you be in your comings and blessed shall you be in your goings." In that spirit, we wanted to share with you the bittersweet news that Cantor Julia Cadrain has accepted a new position as Senior Cantor of Temple Israel in Westport CT, starting July 1. While we are overjoyed and excited for her and her family as they embark on this new journey (and with a former Central Synagogue rabbi, Michael Friedman, as their Senior Rabbi and Julia’s new colleague), we are also saddened that she will be leaving our Central family and we will very much miss her presence on the bimah. Read more

Advocate with Central to Fight Hunger in NYC

Posted February 23, 2021

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to drag on and the size of the food insecure population continues to grow from 1.2 million New Yorkers to 1.6 million New Yorkers, we must immediately do more to help those in desperate need of help to meet basic nutrition needs. Join with emergency food providers across the city and Central members to ask Mayor DeBlasio for additional fund to ensure all New Yorkers have access to food. Read more

Join Central’s Climate Change Initiative

Posted February 11, 2021

Two weeks ago, we addressed the Central Community from our virtual bimah, announcing the launch of The Central Climate Initiative, a group of six climate concerned Central teens. In our sermon, we spoke about our support for and strategic advocacy work around the Renewable Rikers Act. Read more

Staying Connected With Your Central Family in 2021

Posted January 27, 2021

We may still be socially distant, but there are new ways for members to come together! Check out these virtual opportunities to meet new friends, re-connect with old ones, and find nearby neighbors with similar interests. Read more

Mental Health Series: “How Are You Really?”

Posted December 10, 2020

Mental Health Series: “How Are You Really?”

Drawing inspiration from the Mental Health Coalition’s “How are you, really” campaign, Central held two separate events — one focused on young children and adolescents, and one on adults — on December 2 and 3, 2020. Journalist and Central congregant Abigail Pogrebin moderated this two-part virtual series, which confronts the very real mental health challenges of this moment, and offers insights and practical tools as to how to navigate this destabilizing time. Read more

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