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
Posted September 17, 2014
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.
Posted September 2, 2014
Dear Fellow Congregants,
The summer has come and gone and September is now upon us, with the High Holy Days not far behind.
The difficult situation in Israel and the Middle East has undoubtedly preoccupied and upset many of us over the past two months, as have the situations in Iraq, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Regardless, I hope you were able to find time to enjoy family and friends.
There has been much activity at Central over the summer in preparation for a busy fall. Here are some of the highlights…Read more
Posted August 15, 2014
Posted August 5, 2014
Deutsche Welle published the transcript of a powerful interview with renowned Israeli novelist and journalist Amos Oz. Oz is a leading spokesperson for the Peace movement in Israel, which makes the beginning of his interview even more striking.
Oz: 'Lose-lose situation for Israel'
Philip Gourevitch's excellent piece in the New Yorker puts the Amos Oz interview in context and gives a balanced and honest take on the path to peace.
An Honest Voice in Israel
Posted July 28, 2014
Three things—two articles and one song—caught my attention this weekend among all the news coming out of Israel, and I wanted to share them with all of you. Please let me know your thoughts.Read more
Posted July 25, 2014
The foreign prophet Balaam, sent to curse Israel, ended up blessing Israel instead: “Behold it is a people that dwells alone, not reckoned among the nations.” (Numbers 23:9)
As the conflict continues in Gaza, Balaam’s words feel eerily prophetic—and more curse than blessing.Read more