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November 22, 2022 | Messages From Leadership

The following message was sent to the congregation on Monday, November 21, 2022.


Dear Central Family,

The news this past Shabbat of another threat against a Jewish institution was an unsettling reminder of the increase in antisemitism and hate in our city and across the world. We give thanks to the individuals and agencies that thwarted the attack and arrested two armed suspects at Penn Station. The intent of the two individuals was clear, to harm Jewish people and destroy Jewish traditions on the sacred day of Shabbat. 

As we process this upsetting incident, please be assured that Central Synagogue continues to prioritize the safety and security of our community and spiritual home. We are fortunate to have Brian Vaughan, a seasoned law enforcement executive who served with the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Division as Commanding Officer of the Threat Reduction and Infrastructure Protection Unit—as well as the Interagency Intelligence Team—leading our security efforts. 

History has shown us antisemitism will not simply go away. But history also shows us that antisemitism will never defeat the resilience, spirit, and strength of the Jewish people. We must proudly live our Jewish faith, call out antisemitism where we see it, joyfully embrace who we are, and band together as a community.

As always, please reach out to Brian Vaughan or Central’s Clergy with any questions and concerns. We are here for the community in trying times and for joyous moments.  

We look forward to seeing you at Shabbat and wish you a warm and festive Thanksgiving. 

Angela W. Buchdahl
Senior Rabbi

Marcia Caban
Executive Director

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