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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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March 22, 2021 | General News | Repairing the World

Coming Together in Mourning and in Resolve

On Tuesday, March 16, eight people were murdered by a gunman in Atlanta. This brutal and horrific attack stands out as one among many, growing instances of violence targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) over the last year. And, as Central member Qian Julie Wang wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed, “though Anti-Asian sentiment has increased during the pandemic, it is woven into the very fabric of this country.”

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March 22, 2021 | Worship and High Holidays

Resources for Central’s Early Childhood Virtual Seder

If you are signed up for our virtual seder for families with infants and toddlers, here are some resources that you may want to download.

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