Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl joined Central Synagogue as senior cantor in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen by the congregation to lead Central Synagogue as senior rabbi.
Rabbi Buchdahl was invested as a cantor in 1999 and also ordained as a rabbi in 2001 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York where she was a Wexner Graduate fellow. She earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1994. Born in Korea to a Jewish American father and a Korean Buddhist mother, Rabbi Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as cantor or rabbi in North America. Prior to her appointment as cantor at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Buchdahl served as associate rabbi/cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Rabbi Buchdahl has been nationally recognized for her innovations in leading services and has served as faculty for the Wexner Heritage Foundation and for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Kallot programs. She has been actively involved in Just Congregations, the Reform Movement’s Congregation Based Community Organizing effort at Central and on a national level. Rabbi Buchdahl has been featured in articles in Reform Judaism, Shema Journal of Jewish Ideas, Newsweek’s 2012 list of “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis” and the PBS documentary 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidrei. She serves on the Board of Auburn Theological Seminary and the Multiracial Jewish Network.
Rabbi Buchdahl and her husband Jacob Buchdahl have three children.
Cantor Mo Glazman joined Central Synagogue as senior cantor in 2014. He is widely considered one of the leading Reform cantors of his generation. He is musically creative, and his style spans the wide range of musical genres heard at Central. Along with his beautiful voice, Mo enriches worship by playing both the guitar and violin.
In his years as cantor and director of arts at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, Cantor Glazman launched and instituted numerous musical initiatives and multi-generational arts programs that have served to enrich the lives of congregants. His title at Kol Ami reflects his diverse skills and his innovative approach to using art, drama, and dance, as well as his musical gifts, in engaging congregants with Judaism.
Cantor Glazman received his bachelor’s of science from McGill University and was awarded Investiture and Master’s of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music. He is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors and the Cantor’s Assembly. He has lectured and performed for many North American conferences including the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial.
Cantor Glazman has appeared in concerts throughout Europe, Israel, and North America: he was the tenor soloist for Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Westchester Chorale & Orchestra and soloist in the Festival of Jewish Culture in Berlin, and has performed at Merkin Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. His repertoire spans cantorial, Broadway, classical, and folk genres, which he has performed with world renowned cantors and acclaimed Broadway performers. He produced and recorded “Kabbalat Shabbat,” an album of liturgical music and he is featured on an album celebrating the music of “The March of the Living.”
Cantor Glazman is married to Rachel Feld-Glazman, his most consistent singing partner. Together, he and Rachel perform lullabies seven nights a week for their two young sons.
Julia Cadrain (formerly Katz) was among the first cantors to be ordained by HUC-JIR’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2012 (previously, cantors had only been invested). During her time as a student there, she was privileged to serve a number of communities in the New York area, including Shaaray Tefilah as a b’nei mitzvah tutor, B’nai Jeshurun as a children’s service leader, and the Jewish Home and Hospital as pastoral care provider. She has also been honored to serve as student cantor for Adat Chaverim in Plano, Texas, and most recently Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, New York.
Cantor Cadrain grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she earned a bachelors of music with a major in classical vocal performance and a concentration in music in education. She is also a certified vinyasa yoga instructor, and is interested in exploring the interplay between Judaism and yoga, creating new and innovative yoga practices with integrated Jewish content.
Cantor Cadrain lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Rabbi Lorge comes to the rabbinate as a product of the Reform movement, including its summer camps and national youth group. He grew up in Skokie, Illinois and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was ordained in 2013 from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
During his studies, Rabbi Lorge received the Abraham and Anna Helman Memorial Prize, the Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Prize for best sermon preached, the Simon Lazarus Memorial Prize for highest academic standing, and was a two time recipient of the Frederick C. Schwartz Prize for contributions to youth engagement.
As a rabbinical student he was privileged to serve numerous congregations as well as Hillels in the Midwest and the South. He also spent three years serving as the coordinator of the HUC-JIR and American Jewish Archives High School and College Program, which brought together leaders of the Reform Jewish youth movement from across North America for intensive weekend retreats.
Additionally, Rabbi Lorge spent a summer serving as a Critical Care Chaplaincy Intern at a Chicago-area hospital.
Rabbi Lorge currently serves as the co-chair of Jewish Women International’s Clergy Taskforce to End Domestic Abuse. He also is the co-founder of Reyut: The Jewish Campaign for Healthy Relationships, which runs programming for Jewish youth focused on healthy relationship education.
Rabbi Lorge resides on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Rabbi Salth was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2005. Before enrolling, he spent more than 10 years working in the fields of youth development, community service and leadership training. He served on the start-up team for AmeriCorps, where he co-designed and implemented the National Civilian Community Corps. Later, Rabbi Salth became the director of education and community service for Up with People in Denver, Colorado, where he worked on projects that ranged from environmental restoration after natural disasters to violence prevention and leadership training in high schools.
Prior to his appointment at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Salth served as the Rabbi/Director of Jewish Learning for Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, N.J. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton and M.A. in Religious Education from HUC-JIR’s School of Education.
A hiker and a two-time New York City Marathon finisher, Rabbi Salth is also a devoted fan of both the New York Mets and Denver Broncos.
Rabbi Andrew Straus brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to Central Synagogue. Emphasizing the importance of Jewish education for both young and old in both formal and informal settings, Rabbi Straus has a personal goal of increasing each congregant’s love, understanding, and involvement in Judaism as a part of our daily lives. He believes that we have a responsibility to speak out from a Jewish perspective and act to address social justice and other issues in the broader community. He sees himself as a counselor, a shoulder, and an ear for congregants, sharing times of pain and sorrow, joy, and celebration.
For the past three years, Rabbi Straus has been the senior rabbi at Temple Sinai in Oakland, California, a congregation of about one thousand households. Prior to this position, he served for thirteen years as the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Tempe, Arizona, where the congregation grew substantially under his leadership, in terms of both membership and the depth and quality of programs. He has also served as associate rabbi and director of education at Peninsula Temple Sholom of Burlingame, California, and as assistant/associate rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in New York. He received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, and is a graduate of Brandeis University. In 2012, he was awarded a doctor of divinity honoris causa from HUC. Raised in a liberal, conservative congregation in Poughkeepsie, he gained an understanding of and an appreciation for both traditional and contemporary Judaism—two forces he believes must be blended for Judaism to flourish.
Rabbi Straus is very pleased and excited to be joining Central Synagogue, to continue its rich traditions while helping to strengthen and support us during this significant transitional period for the congregation. He looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm and love of Judaism, learning along with us, and inspiring each of us to do mitzvot and walk the path of life according the values, morals, and customs of our ever new Jewish civilization.
Rabbi Straus is married to Karen Pasternack Straus and the proud father of three children, Carly, Elana, and Michael.
Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein joined Central Synagogue as senior rabbi in 1991. Under his leadership and vision, Rabbi Rubinstein revitalized the congregation in all areas including liturgy, education, and organizational structure, bringing Central Synagogue into the twenty-first century. In 2014, he stepped aside as senior rabbi. In his current role as rabbi emeritus—along with being an active member of the congregation—Rabbi Rubinstein is a member of our Melton teaching team. Rabbi Rubinstein also works both locally and globally to further his commitment to Jewish life. He oversees the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life as the 92Y’s Director of Jewish Community and sits on the board of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
Rabbi Rubinstein graduated from Amherst College and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York where he received a Master of Hebrew Letters degree with honors. Prior to joining Central Synagogue, he served as the Rabbi of Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, N.Y., and at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, California. Throughout his career, Rabbi Rubinstein has taught at Manhattanville College, Colgate University, San Jose State and the HUC-JIR in both New York and Cincinnati. In addition to his professional affiliations and responsibilities, Rabbi Rubinstein is a founder and Chair of the Rabbinic Council of the World Union of Progressive Judaism and Co-chair of the Partnership of Faith in New York City. He is the Founder and Chair of the Rabbinic Vision Initiative aimed at the evolution of Reform Judaism in North America and he is a frequent lecturer on the role of a Rabbi now and in the future. Rabbi Rubinstein serves on the Board of several prominent organizations including Auburn Theological Seminary of which he is the immediate past Chairman of the Board, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, UJA-Federation of New York, United Way of New York, and the Rabbinic Council of HUC-JIR. He is recognized as a leader in the changing face of the Jewish community and was ranked number 3 in Newsweek’s 2012 list of “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis”. He has been on the list since its inception.
His writing has been included in several books including, Our Rabbis Taught (1990), How Can I Find God (1997), Restoring Faith (2001), and Shine by Star Jones (2006).
Rabbi Rubinstein is married to Kerry Rubinstein.