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Volunteering in the Breakfast Program

Posted January 10, 2019

Every Thursday and Friday morning at 6AM, nine sleepy but enthusiastic Central volunteers gather in the Community House to heed Isaiah's call. We serve a hot breakfast and a take away lunch to approximately 120 New Yorkers each Thursday and Friday in desperate need of a smile, a meal and a place to be safe. Read more

Shabbat is Central

Posted January 3, 2019

In this new year, we continue our Joy is Central series and invite you to lean into Shabbat. Join us on Friday, January 25, where we hope to engage all ages in one of our special Shabbat is Central dinners or events. Additionally, we encourage you to choose one thing that will make Shabbat feel special this month; attend our Friday night services, light candles, bake challah, or even use Shabbat as a time to “unplug,” as Rabbi Buchdahl explains in her video below. Don’t worry – you don’t have to do it all – choose what works for you.

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James Forman Jr. on Ending Mass Incarceration

Posted December 18, 2018

James Forman Jr. on Ending Mass Incarceration

On December 10, 2018, James Forman Jr., a Yale Law School professor, explored the complex relationship between race, class, and the American criminal justice system, and discussed and signed his best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Read more

Volunteering as Accompaniers with New Sanctuary Coalition

Posted December 13, 2018

Volunteering as Accompaniers with New Sanctuary Coalition

Central members Liz Wagner and Susan Wagner attended the ICE Accompanier Training event here at Central on December 3. In this piece, they reflect on how and why volunteering to help undocumented immigrants in this way has been such a meaningful experience. Read more

Gratitude is Central

Posted December 11, 2018

Continuing our Joy is Central series, this December Gratitude is Central. Jewish tradition encourages us to pause and give thanks multiple times every day. Research now shows what Jews have known for millenia: expressing gratitude can bring us joy.

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Giving is Central

Posted November 21, 2018

We continue to discover month-by-month the ways our tradition helps us find the essential religious element of joy in our lives. This month, we explore the practice of Tzedakah. Jewish tradition commands us to give to those in need, and science shows that doing so brings us joy.

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Food is Central

Posted October 24, 2018

The first of our Joy is Central events focused on the Jewish emphasis on joy through eating and food. As King Solomon reminded us: “So I recommend rejoicing in life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and rejoice.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

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Memorial Scroll

Posted October 11, 2018

Memorial Scroll

In 1967 Central Synagogue welcomed a surviving Sefer Torah rescued from the Holocaust. A dedication ceremony was held for the scroll whose origins reside in Lipnik, Czechoslovakia.

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Reflections on Trip to Montreal

Posted October 10, 2018

Reflections on Trip to Montreal

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 Montreal to explore the city and see how Jewish life compares to life at home.

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Joy is Central

Posted September 30, 2018

Rabbi Buchdahl’s Yom Kippur sermon reflected on the Torah’s commandment to be joyful, and inspired our year-long Joy is Central campaign. Watch Rabbi Buchdahl's Yom Kippur sermon.

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