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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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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

Video: The Music of Central Synagogue

Posted January 8, 2014

Video: The Music of Central Synagogue

Central Synagogue is widely known for its world class musicians and unique integration of song into weekly prayer. In this video, Senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Assistant Cantor Julia Cadrain share their perspective on the significance and power of music in Jewish worship. Read more

Gesher Tzar M’od: A Song of Comfort

Posted April 20, 2013

Following a challenging week of national news, which included the Boston Marathon Bombings, Cantor Angela Buchdahl and Cantor Julia Katz sang “Gesher Tzar M’od” at Shabbat, a song of comfort that inspires us to “not be afraid.”

Shabbat Shirah & Tu BiSh’vat

Posted January 25, 2013

Watch and listen as Cantor Buchdahl sings her d'rash for Tu BiSh'vat and the Song of the Sea for Shabbat Shirah.

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Shabbat Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 18, 2013

Each year, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during Shabbat worship, a fearless civil rights leader who understood and reminded us that, “The segregationists and racists make no fine distinction between the Negro and the Jew.”

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