Posted January 15, 2015
Elections in Israel are approaching in March. But this year, every Jew in the world can cast a vote to influence the life of Israel. Approximately every five years, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) runs an election and every Jew in the world is allowed to make their vote count. Join me today in helping support Reform values, women’s rights, and religious pluralism by voting for ARZA, the Reform Jewish platform, in the WZC election that begins today.Read more
Posted January 15, 2015
We are excited to introduce to you our new senior leadership team for youth and family education at Central Synagogue. Effective July 1, Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal will become our Director of Youth & Family Education, a new position reflecting our belief that our education programs for families with children of all ages, up to the end of college, require highly experienced and focused leadership.Read more
Posted January 13, 2015
We are delighted to share some exciting news with you to start off 2015. We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Stephanie Kolin will join Central Synagogue as an Associate Rabbi, effective July 1, 2015, working alongside Rabbi Buchdahl, Cantor Glazman, Cantor Cadrain, Rabbi Lorge, and Rabbi Salth.Read more
Posted January 9, 2015
We are horrified and saddened by the recent terrorist events unfolding in France—including the shootings at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and in a kosher supermarket, and the killing of police.
We mourn the loss of innocent lives and pray for a safe and speedy recovery for the hostages. It is hard to fathom a hatred that would lead to such senseless violence and destruction. And it is a sacrilege to justify violence of this kind in the name of religion.
Our prayers go out to the hostages, the victims and their families. We will honor their memory tonight at Shabbat services and we will pray for peace in a world that so desperately needs it.
Posted December 22, 2014
Rabbi Buchdahl was invited to the Obama family's White House Chanukah Party on December 17, 2014, to recite the blessings during the chanukiyah lighting.
Posted November 19, 2014
We are devastated by yesterday’s terrorist attack at the the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem.
We at Central, along with the whole House of Israel, mourn the deaths of Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Kalman Levine, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, and police officer Zidan Saif. Our hearts are with the families who have lost their loved ones and we pray that those who were injured in the attack find healing.
It seems especially painful that terrorists attacked just as worshipers were offering their prayers for peace. But they cannot silence our prayers.
During Shabbat services this Friday, we will take time to offer a prayer for peace and direct our hearts toward Jerusalem, in solidarity with Israel.
Zichronam livracha, may their memories be a blessing.
Posted September 24, 2014
During these Ten Days of Teshuvah, of repentance and reflection, the clergy will be encouraging our congregants to take a few minutes each day to pray and support Israel.Read more
Posted September 22, 2014
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Posted September 11, 2014
Ceremony Scheduled for September 19 Shabbat Services
New York, September 11, 2014 – Central Synagogue will officially install Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl as its senior rabbi at an installation ceremony on Friday, September 19 during Shabbat services, which begin at 6 p.m. (EDT). Rabbi Buchdahl is well known to the congregation and the broader faith community of New York City, having served as the Synagogue’s senior cantor since 2006.