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On Welcoming

Posted May 26, 2016

On Welcoming

Rabbi Lisa Rubin

Moving my family, while continuing to build a rabbinate around interfaith and conversion work, has made me extremely sensitive to these facts: Adjustment to a new way of life is difficult. Belonging takes time. And perhaps the most important: Every encounter in a new place- especially the first one- is a potential game changer. Those very first words and acts of welcome leave an indelible mark. The follow up care and concern only solidify the foundation.

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A Prayer for Voting

Posted April 15, 2016

A Prayer for Voting

On Tuesday, April 19, we have the opportunity to participate in one of our most sacred rights, privileges, and yes, even obligations. We enter into the voting booth knowing how blessed we are to live in a country in which individuals are elected through the voice of the people. Your vote is counted. Your voice contributes to the future of our country. With our voice and our vote, we live our Jewish values in the public square. It is a sacred act to exercise our right to vote in this country. As so, you might find it meaningful to add a spiritual dimension by bringing this prayer with you into the voting booth – to set your intentions and elevate this moment for you, for any children you bring with you, and for our country.

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Central’s Breakfast Program: More than a Mitzvah

Posted April 11, 2016

Central’s Breakfast Program: More than a Mitzvah

Molly Shapiro (pictured left) has been volunteering with Central's Breakfast Program since the age of 10.

In many ways, I wake up at 5am for myself just as much as I am for them. I am energized by our conversations, grateful for their company, and more self-aware when I leave to go to school that day. Seeing their lack of layers on winter’s coldest mornings puts any bad test score or Model UN anxiety in perspective.

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Revival Blessing

Posted April 4, 2016

Revival Blessing

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin gave this a blessing at the launch of The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values, a National Revival Tour to Redefine Morality in American Politics. Organized by Repairers of the Breach, Healing of the Nations Ministries, and Drum Major Institute, in coordination with local groups. Revival efforts will include training interfaith clergy and young adults in prophetic moral analysis, moral articulation, and moral activism; calling political leaders to rise above hatred and fear to our highest values of love and justice; and direct actions in state capitals led by clergy and impacted people for three Mondays in September, dramatizing the pain already inflicted by unjust policies. The launch occurred Sunday, April 3 at Riverside Church in New York City.

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Introducing our Director of Adult Engagement

Posted March 25, 2016

Introducing our Director of Adult Engagement

We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Ben Greenberg will be Central Synagogue's new Director of Adult Engagement (DOAE). Rabbi Greenberg is a writer, consultant, and educator. He most recently served as a planning executive at UJA-Federation of New York, where he helped more than 80 synagogues in New York City design and execute engagement programs, fundraising campaigns, and professional development opportunities.

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Are These Shows Too Jewish? Maybe Not…

Posted March 10, 2016

Are These Shows Too Jewish? Maybe Not…

Are These Shows Too Jewish? Maybe Not…

As the broadcast and cable TV networks air their season finales to make way for summer replacement shows, you may ask yourself: with everything on the air, on cable and on the web, is there anything worth watching? In the case of at least two series, both on Amazon Prime, the answer is a resounding yes. Not only are they very good, they are also very Jewish.

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Salth in Israel

Posted February 26, 2016

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Salth in Israel

Sending Shabbat greetings from Israel where I am proud to represent our community at the annual conference of Reform rabbis, hosted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

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Central Synagogue Encourages Members to Use Local CSA Program

Posted February 25, 2016

Central Synagogue Encourages Members to Use Local CSA Program

Central Synagogue was proud to partner with Free Bird Farm for the past five years in hosting a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. As we aim to be very deliberate about how we are spending our time and our resources, and engaging our members deeply and meaningfully in exploring their Jewish lives, Central’s leaders have had to make choices about where to focus our efforts and have decided to discontinue the CSA program this year. However, we strongly encourage members to continue supporting the Free Bird Farm’s CSA program through one of their local New York sites.

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Introducing our new Executive Director

Posted February 17, 2016

After many months of careful work by our Search Committee, and a unanimous vote of approval by our Executive Committee which brought its recommendation to The Board of Trustees, we are delighted to share with you that Central Synagogue's new Executive Director will be Marcia Caban. Marcia will join the Central team on April 18th.

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To The Mom with Multiple Kids, Stop Saying Sorry

Posted January 6, 2016

To The Mom with Multiple Kids, Stop Saying Sorry

In her recent Kveller article, Danielle Shapiro talks about the struggles of bringing her 4-year-old twins to a Tot Shabbat service. She writes, "For the rabbi whose service we disrupted, and the parents who heard our screaming, running children, and for the lady who I cut ahead of in the buffet line to get nuggets - all I have to say is I'm sorry, we have twins."

As a rabbi who works with children and families, I appreciate parents who want their children to behave and engage in our programming. As a parent of young children, I want my children to behave reasonably every time we leave the house. But I also know those are wishes, not realities.

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