What a magical weekend we were able to share with our family and friends at the K–5 Family Retreat. We've looked forward to this weekend ever since we had the opportunity to attend last year's retreat and couldn't imagine the experience being better. Read more
We are pleased to share with you Celebration is Central, the final theme in our year-long Joy is Central series. During the High Holy Days, Rabbi Buchdahl preached, "When we are kind, we place the interest of another before our own self-interest, which leads to connectedness, which leads to simcha, which leads to more kindness—a virtuous circle." We hope you will (continue to) join us to celebrate your simchas, milestones, and celebratory occasions in your life.
On the walls of the stairs leading from the Sanctuary to the Pavilion are the pictures of Central Synagogue’s leadership. Down one stairwell are the pictures of Central’s senior rabbis and cantors. On the other stairwell are pictures of Central’s Presidents. Together, they show centuries of Jewish service and leadership.
Recently two members of Central, Howard Cowan and Gerry Kane informed us that they are in various stages of renal failure and in need of a kidney. Due to the miracles of modern-day medicine, both are candidates for a kidney transplant which would both save and dramatically improve their quality of life. Equally miraculous, healthy individuals can become living donors who are able to live completely healthy, normal lives with minimal risk and no change in life-expectancy. Read more
We are thrilled to share that the NY State Governor, Senate, and Assembly have enacted historical criminal justice reform in our next State budget. Central Synagogue was proud to be part of a group of NY's largest faith communities that worked to bring the first meaningful reform to criminal justice legislation in 50 years. Click to read our interfaith statement about the reform. Read more
Cantor Julia Cadrain and LCLJ led 8th and 9th graders on a Civil Rights Journey from April 12–14 through Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, and Atlanta. The students reflected on each day of the trip. Read more
This month, we launch Reflection is Central, our latest theme in our Joy is Central series. We encourage you to take a moment to reflect. Think of your proudest moments, your moments of doubt, and your moments of joy. It's a chance to take stock of whether you are living the life you want to live.
DOROT social worker Jackie Pykon, LCSW brings special expertise in geriatric care to our Central members. Whether congregants are dealing with an illness or injury, or struggling with loneliness or isolation, Jackie is available to offer advice and recommend agencies that can help. She and Rabbi Lori Koffman also lead several bereavement and support groups for those who have lost a spouse or partner, for those who have lost children, or those who are caring for loved ones. Click below to read more about Jackie and the services she provides.
Our Torah commands: “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Moreover, our tradition teaches us that all of us are created in the image of God. Jews have so often been the target of discrimination and violence. For this reason, we are all the more sensitive to the pain of other communities when they are targeted. Just as we fight for freedoms and values important to our community, we honor and stand up for others who have been attacked. Read more
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