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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 | General News | Messages From Leadership

A New Chapter for Cantor Julia Cadrain

We read in the book of Deuteronomy, “Blessed shall you be in your comings and blessed shall you be in your goings.” In that spirit, we wanted to share with you the bittersweet news that Cantor Julia Cadrain has accepted a new position as Senior Cantor of Temple Israel in Westport, Connecticut, starting July 1.

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February 11, 2021 | General News | Repairing the World

Join Central’s Climate Change Initiative

Two weeks ago, we addressed the Central Community from our virtual bimah, announcing the launch of The Central Climate Initiative, a group of six climate concerned Central teens. In our sermon, we spoke about our support for and strategic advocacy work around the Renewable Rikers Act.

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