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October 7, 2023 | Messages From Leadership

Our Family In Israel

We are devastated by the news from Israel this Shabbat and Simchat Torah morning. Exactly 50 years and a day from the surprise attack of the Yom Kippur War, Israel was once again taken by surprise by a wide scale attack by Hamas and possibly other terrorist forces. As Jews, we value life above all, and we pray for this violence to end quickly. Cantor Mutlu recorded this sung prayer, Acheinu (Our Brothers and Sisters) this morning, with Israel in his heart.  

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September 26, 2023 | General News | Worship and High Holidays

The Holiness Code: Torah Reflections From Members of Our Community (5784/2023)

On Yom Kippur afternoon we read a section of the Torah known as the holiness code. This section, found in chapter 19 of Leviticus, is at the heart of the Torah and contains some of the most moving commandments within our tradition. We ask our members of community to reflect upon one of these commandments. We are grateful for their personal and moving insights which we are pleased to share.

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September 6, 2023 | General News | Worship and High Holidays

New Year, New Song: Shira Kobren & Noam Oren Discuss “Choose Love”

We’re proud to share the world premiere of the music video of Shira Kobren’s new song for the High Holy Days, “Choose Love,” directed by Noam Oren. Featuring additional vocals by Cantor Dan Mutlu and Cantor Jenna Pearsall, as well as on-camera appearances from Central members and staff, “Choose Love” was filmed on-site at Central Synagogue.

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August 25, 2023 | Repairing the World

New Initiative: “Adopt a Shelter” for Families Seeking Asylum in the United States

Currently, around 50,000 asylum seekers are being housed by the city in hotels and shelters. As a Jewish community, we have a special obligation to welcome and support those seeking refuge in New York. Teaming up with the Mayor's Office of Faith-Based Partnerships, Central has been paired with Hotel 46.

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June 22, 2023 | General News

Living With Authenticity: Reflections on Trans Jewish Identity with Cooper Hartog and Pamela Heller

In honor of Pride Month, we spoke with 17-year-old Central member Cooper Hartog (who uses both he/him and they/them pronouns) and their mother Pamela Heller about trans Jewish identity, their experiences in Jewish spaces, Cooper’s recent naming ceremony, and more.

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