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June 16, 2021

Changing the Game: Creating Safer and Freer Spaces for Trans Youth and All Youth in Sports

At this stage in the game, you might be thinking about how to contribute, support, and empower all kids, transgender or not, to live full, participatory lives. It's a team sport working to create the most inclusive outlet for kids to play while challenging discriminatory legislation that stands in the way. To continue creating safer and freer spaces for trans youth and, by extension, all youth, to be themselves, here are some next steps and resources to help move the chains forward for everyone.

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June 6, 2021 | General News | Repairing the World

News 12 Interviews Central Teens at Interfaith Day of Planting

On Sunday, June 6, New Yorkers of all different religions came out to Food for Others Garden in the South Bronx Sunday for an interfaith day of service. The nonprofit Green Box Machine brought together members from Central Synagogue, Riverside Church and other faith-based groups across the city to help with the community farm in Wakefield. News 12 was there and interviewed our teens.

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May 13, 2021 | General News | Messages From Leadership | Worship and High Holidays | Repairing the World

We Pray for Peace in Jerusalem

"'My heart is in the East and I am at the end of the West.' These words of the 12th-Century poet Rabbi Yehuda Halevi capture the feeling of distance and despair I feel in this moment of devastating violence in Israel this week."

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May 13, 2021 | General News | Worship and High Holidays | Repairing the World

Reflections from Shani Ben Or Regarding the Outbreak of Violence in Israel

"But more rockets came as the evening progressed, mirroring scenes that the older generation of Israelis can recall from the Gulf War. All night, I hoped I wouldn’t need to wake up my one-and-a-half-year-old boy and run to safety. I prepared a script just in case, to calmly whisper to him if necessary, and imagined every step to shelter so that I wouldn’t panic and forget."

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April 27, 2021 | General News | Messages From Leadership

An Important Message From Central Synagogue

Email sent to the congregation on April 27, 2021

We are writing to you today as your Senior Rabbi, Executive Director, and congregational President from a place of communal sadness, anger, shame, and Teshuvah. Last fall, after Rosh Hashanah, a former congregant approached Rabbi Buchdahl and disclosed that Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, Central’s Senior Rabbi from 1972 to 1985, initiated an inappropriate relationship with her while she was a young religious school teacher and congregant at Central.

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