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October 9, 2012

Festive Erev Sukkot Worship

Erev Sukkot Worship 2012


Our congregation spent a beautiful Erev Sukkot in upstate New York at Stonewall Farm, the home of congregants Barry and Sheryl Schwartz.


Adults and children alike enjoyed apple picking and hayrides early in the afternoon. Although we were rained out of our outdoor sukkah—a display of nature appropriate to the holiday!—the worship service in the barn was just as meaningful and festive.

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September 18, 2012 | General News | Worship and High Holidays

Record Live Streaming for Rosh HaShanah

Nearly 3,000 people joined us via live stream for Rosh HaShanah.
Nearly 3,000 people joined us via live stream for Rosh HaShanah.

Our Rosh HaShanah services were live streamed and watched by nearly 3,000 people around the world. Viewers wrote to us expressing gratitude from as nearby as Manhattan and as far away as Aruba, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Micronesia, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam!

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September 17, 2012 | Worship and High Holidays

Tashlich with Our Neighbors

For the first time, Central Synagogue held a joint Tashlich ceremony with our neighbors from the East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue at the East River.

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September 16, 2012 | General News

Congregation Installs Assistant Cantor Julia Katz

Our clergy with Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR
Our clergy with Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR

Our congregation, joined by Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR, gathered to install our new Assistant Cantor Julia Katz on September 14.

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September 15, 2012 | Worship and High Holidays

Preparing for Our Future

Preparing for Our Future: A New Model for a New Age


Sermon for Rosh HaShanah, 2012, by Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein


As you know I believe our history is uniquely miraculous. So we are compelled to do everything that furthers the existence of our people. I believe we matter. We the Jewish people have both a mission and the imagination to change this world. Not an insignificant goal.


It all begins in synagogues and, most especially for me, with this congregation.


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