Posted January 10, 2018
Just this past week, Rabbi Lorge and Rabbi Rosenthal returned from leading a congregational trip to Israel. The group, made up of Central families, explored both the historical and religious significance of the beautiful country. From the old stones of Jerusalem to the mystical city of Tsfat, they left no stone unturned as they discovered the wonder of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.Read more
Posted September 28, 2016
Today, we mourn the death of the last of Israel's founding fathers, Shimon Peres. Mr. Peres died Wednesday morning in Israel, after having suffered a stroke earlier this month. He was 93 years old.Read more
Posted September 1, 2016
Bill Gates recently joined 2,000 attendees at Microsoft Israel's Think Next event and declared: "Israeli technology is improving the world." But herein lies the rub: no one knows it. The U.S. media focuses mostly on the political Israel and not on Israeli citizens who work quietly each day to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
Untold News was founded in 2010 to change all that.Read more
Posted February 26, 2016
Posted October 1, 2015
Central Synagogue is proud to be co-sponsoring a six-part speaker series on the topic of Jewish values and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The series attempts to rectify the internal Jewish communal challenges related to talking about the conflict by naming and working through the various values narratives that animate different political views about the conflict. Together with the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, this series seeks to make the participants more self-aware of the values makeup of their own political views, and attempts to create a more stable pluralism in Jewish life in how we talk about this most divisive issue.Read more
Posted August 31, 2015
As Rabbi Buchdahl has so eloquently and passionately discussed, engaging more substantively with Israel is a congregational priority. Nothing brings Israel to life more vividly than visiting. We have a fabulous trip planned for this year.Read more
Posted August 19, 2015
Whether the JCPOA is approved or defeated, there will be a day after. It is essential that this debate not be allowed to create a lasting rift between Israel and the U.S., between North American Jews and Israelis, or among American Jews.Read more
Posted June 5, 2015
The Reform Jewish Movement was the clear winner in the critical World Zionist Congress election, according to results released today.
The ARZA slate, representing the Reform Movement and including Central Synagogue Senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, secured 56 seats out of a possible 145, winning nearly 40 percent of the votes cast in the United States – more than the amount of the next two slates combined.Read more
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 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.