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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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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 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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