Our Clergy

At Central Synagogue

Angela W. Buchdahl
Angela W. Buchdahl
Senior Rabbi
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Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl serves as the senior rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City, the first woman to lead the large Reform congregation in its 175-year history. Rabbi Buchdahl first joined Central Synagogue as senior cantor in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen by the congregation to be senior rabbi.

Rabbi Buchdahl was invested as a cantor in 1999 and also ordained as a rabbi in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion 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 service 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 worship, which draw large crowds both in the congregation’s historic Main Sanctuary and via live stream and cable broadcast to viewers in more than 100 countries.

Rabbi Buchdahl has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the Today Show, NPR, PBS and was listed as one of Newsweek’s “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.” She serves on the boards of Auburn Theological Seminary, Avodah Jewish Service Corps, and the UJA-Federation of NY.

Rabbi Buchdahl and her husband Jacob Buchdahl have three children.


 
Julia R. Cadrain
Julia R. Cadrain
Associate Cantor
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Cantor Julia Cadrain joined Central’s clergy team in 2012, just after being ordained by HUC-JIR’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. As a cantorial student, she served several communities in the New York area, including Temple Adas Israel as a student cantor, Shaaray Tefilah as a b’nei mitzvah tutor, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) as a children’s service leader, and the Jewish Home and Hospital as pastoral care provider.

During her time at Central, she has been grateful to work on a number of inspiring projects, including co-producing a record of music from Central’s Friday night service called Sounds of Shabbat.

Cantor Cadrain grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and studied classical vocal performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston. 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 with her partner Elana.


 
Stephanie D. Kolin
Stephanie D. Kolin
Associate Rabbi
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Rabbi Kolin is well known and respected across the Jewish community. She was named as a “Game Changer” by the Los Angeles Jewish Journal this year, one of Newsweek’s “Rabbis to Watch” in 2013, and one of the Forward’s “America’s Influential Women Rabbis” in 2010. Since 2010, she has been Co-Director for the Reform Movement’s Just Congregations initiative, which strives to enable our communities “to act powerfully together to create the change we want to see in the world.” Prior to this role at the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Kolin was Associate Rabbi from 2006-2010 at Temple Israel in Boston.

During the process of getting to know Rabbi Kolin, our clergy team and lay and professional leaders were extremely impressed by her intelligence, depth, character, dynamic bimah presence, and passion for Reform Judaism. We came away smitten by her infectious warmth and exuberance; energy, vibrancy and enthusiasm; strong belief in building individual relationships with and among congregants; and experience and zeal for social justice, alongside her demonstrated commitment to education and pastoral care. Rabbi Kolin’s unique ability to help communities translate vision into action will bring a strategic new dimension to our clergy team and drive us forward.

As Co-Director of Just Congregations, Rabbi Kolin worked with individual congregations throughout California and the country to enable communities to organize themselves to address and rectify injustices that matter to them and to their neighbors outside of their congregation, across lines of faith, race and socio-economic groupings. Rabbi Kolin worked with Reform congregations to place people, relationship building, and leadership development at the center of their congregations, creating spaces for meaningful Jewish engagement. She has also acted as lead organizer and a founder of Reform CA, the first ever campaign of the California Reform congregations to act together on issues of common concern. Alongside her primary rabbinic and community organizing responsibilities, she has been an adjunct professor at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, and a member of the faculty at the Wexner Foundation.


 
Ari S. Lorge
Ari S. Lorge
Associate Rabbi
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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.


 
Maurice A. Salth
Maurice A. Salth
Associate Rabbi
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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.


 
Peter J. Rubinstein
Peter J. Rubinstein
Rabbi Emeritus
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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.


 
Richard Botton
Richard Botton
Cantor Emeritus