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December 15, 2012 | General News | Worship and High Holidays

A Shabbat In Memory of Sandy Hook Victims

Our congregation and nation are raw with emotion and heartbreak following the Connecticut school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The spirit of our typically joyous Shabbat evening services was muted on December 14. Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein began the service with these heartfelt remarks.

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December 10, 2012 | General News | Worship and High Holidays

Chanukah with Our Students


Rabbi Rubinstein and three 5th graders lit Central's menorah on the first school night of Chanukah. And our nursery school students enjoyed latkes while learning about Chanukah traditions.

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December 9, 2012 | General News | Worship and High Holidays

ASPCA’s Annual Blessing of the Animals

Yesterday, Rabbi Rubinstein and Rabbi Salth teamed with Senior Minister Stephen Bauman and Christian clergy from Christ Church on Park Avenue for the ASPCA's annual Blessing of the Animals.

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November 28, 2012 | Worship and High Holidays

Praying for Healing on World AIDS Day

In the years between 1987 and 1997, I lost six close friends, all gay men, and knew of dozens more men who died, most of them in their 30s or early 40s. For many of us, there is a whole phantom, lost generation of gay men in New York: men who would now be in their 50s and 60s, in the prime of their lives.

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November 15, 2012 | Worship and High Holidays | Repairing the World

Parshat Toldot: The Jewish Food Stamp Challenge

Poor Esau. The twin brother of our patriarch Jacob is portrayed as such a buffoon. He’s the red-haired Neanderthal hunter--a foil to Jacob, the mild, bookish mama’s boy. And proof-positive of Esau’s stupidity is the story, found in this week’s portion, of how he is duped into selling his birthright to Jacob over a bowl of lentil stew.

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