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Central Synagogue Staff Takes On the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS

Posted August 15, 2014

Central Synagogue Staff Takes On the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS

Introduced to Central by two of our teens, the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness is spreading through the Central Synagogue staff. Read more

Perspectives on Peace from Amos Oz

Posted August 5, 2014

Perspectives on Peace from Amos Oz

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.
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Rabbi Buchdahl: Some News and Thoughts on 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.

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Rabbi Buchdahl: Israel Does Not Stand Alone

Posted July 25, 2014

Rabbi Buchdahl: Israel Does Not Stand Alone

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.

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David Edelson: 8 Summer Announcements

Posted July 9, 2014

David Edelson: 8 Summer Announcements

David B. Edelson, President

Dear Fellow Congregants,

I wanted to remind you that last week, on July 1, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl became our Senior Rabbi! This is an historic and joyful time for our congregation and I know that all of us join together to wish Rabbi Buchdahl all good things as she takes on this awesome responsibility.

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Rabbi Rubinstein Blesses Rabbi Buchdahl

Posted June 30, 2014

Rabbi Rubinstein Blesses Rabbi Buchdahl

For those who missed it, you will want to watch Rabbi Rubinstein bless Rabbi Buchdahl during Friday night services on June 27. It was a magical and moving moment in a season full of wonderful celebrations and tributes. Read more

Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Rubinstein

Posted June 16, 2014

Thousands of congregants gathered for Shabbat worship on Friday, June 13 to honor Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Central Synagogue's departing senior rabbi. Highlights of the evening included a joyous Hakafah; a tribute video prepared by Rabbi Rubinstein's friends, family, and colleagues; presentations of Words of Faith, Hope, and Character, a book of the rabbi's sermons, the Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Fund for the Renaissance of Reform Judaism, and the naming Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Chapel in the Community House; a "flash mob" of students singing and dancing to Rabbi Buchdahl's rendition of “Higher Love,” and concentric circles of Rabbi Rubinstein's family, clergy colleagues from Central and beyond, and all of the congregation joining hands in "concentric circles" in blessing. Read more

Rabbi Rubinstein: Annual Message to the Congregation

Posted May 29, 2014

It is not my way to emotionally reflect on what has led me to the present. It is not generally my way to take time to assess, analyze, celebrate myself or even wallow in the snake pit of my own regrets. In fact it’s not my way to stop and take time to measure anything. I am constantly, for those of you who know me well, churning onward, incessantly keeping busy and filling my life with what I believe needs to be done.

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Families Celebrate Rabbi Rubinstein at Shabbat

Posted May 19, 2014

Families Celebrate Rabbi Rubinstein at Shabbat

Members of all ages came to worship with Rabbi Rubinstein on May 16, celebrating him with singing, laughter, and special blessings.

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Congregants Celebrate Rabbi Rubinstein at Chelsea Piers

Posted May 7, 2014

Congregants Celebrate Rabbi Rubinstein at Chelsea Piers

On Sunday, May 4, nearly 1,000 congregants gathered at Pier 60 on Manhattan's West Side for a festive sunset celebration of Senior Rabbi Peter Rubinstein. With breathtaking views of the Hudson River as backdrop, the evening included singing, dancing, tears and laughter. Congregational President David Edelson presented to Rabbi Rubinstein a beautiful keepsake memory book filled with personal anecdotes and images submitted by congregants.

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