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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

The Holiness Code: Torah Reflections from Central Members (5781/2020)

Posted September 29, 2020

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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Everything You Need to Know for Election Day 2020

Posted September 15, 2020

There are now just under 50 days until the Presidential election. We have a chance to exercise one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, and Central in Action wants to make sure your vote counts in these unprecedented times. Our social action group has created a helpful guide that details several voting options (and instructions) for various ways to vote in New York.
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#LessIsMoreNYC: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act

Posted July 20, 2020

There are approximately 35,000 people under active parole supervision in New York State who at almost any time can see their efforts to successfully rejoin the workforce and reintegrate into their families and their communities disrupted by reincarceration for a technical violation. This not only harms individual lives and families without commensurate public safety gains, but also drives up the population in the state prisons and local jails, wasting taxpayer money. The Less is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act would fix this problem. Read more

An Interfaith Message

Posted June 8, 2020

An Interfaith Message from the Clergy of Central Synagogue, the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan, and Saint Peter’s Church

As leaders within three different houses of worship in New York City, we come together at this time united in purpose and hope. Read more

Action Items You Can Take in Response to Recent Protests

Posted June 7, 2020

This letter was sent to the congregation on Thursday, June 4, 2020 As Rabbi Buchdahl so beautifully said, "The work of fighting racism cannot be left only to the Black community, just as we know that antisemitism cannot be fought only by Jews. As we look at these recent turbulent days, we have to separate the violence and looting from the call for change echoing across the country. We must hear the groundswell of voices and listen to the pain and protest emanating from every corner of our beloved nation." Our Central community is committed to fighting racism in America and helping to make our city, state, and country more just and equitable for every person. We are stronger when we learn and work together. Below, please find just a few ways we can take action, advocate, and learn together... Read More

Complete the 2020 Census

Posted May 20, 2020

This is the first time that you can complete the census online. Just visit: www.2020census.gov. Read more

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