Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl serves as the senior rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City, the first woman to lead the large Reform congregation in its 180-year history. Rabbi Buchdahl first joined Central Synagogue as senior cantor in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen by the congregation to be senior rabbi.
Rabbi Buchdahl was invested as a cantor in 1999 and also ordained as a rabbi in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where she was a Wexner Graduate fellow. She earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1994. Born in Korea to a Jewish American father and a Korean Buddhist mother, Rabbi Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as cantor or rabbi in North America. Prior to her service at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Buchdahl served as associate rabbi/cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Rabbi Buchdahl has been nationally recognized for her innovations in leading worship, which draw large crowds both in the congregation’s historic Main Sanctuary and via live stream and cable broadcast to viewers in more than 100 countries.
Rabbi Buchdahl has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the Today Show, NPR, PBS and was listed as one of Newsweek’s “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.” She serves on the boards of Auburn Theological Seminary, Avodah Jewish Service Corps, AJC, and UJA-Federation of NY.
Rabbi Buchdahl and her husband Jacob Buchdahl have three children.
Cantor Daniel Mutlu is a first-generation American born to Turkish Jewish parents. Raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Cantor Mutlu attended the Yeshiva Academy Achei Tmimim where he forged a strong Jewish identity and a broad religious perspective. Cantor Mutlu went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2001. After serving as a cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel of Worcester, MA, Cantor Mutlu pursued a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Upon ordination in 2008 he served as cantor of Community Synagogue of Rye, NY until 2011. He was then honored to serve as cantor of Congregation Beth Israel of Houston, TX from 2011 to 2017. In Houston, Cantor Mutlu served on the board of the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region, where he worked within their interfaith committee.
A passionate teacher, in 2011 Cantor Mutlu joined the faculty of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music where he taught traditional nusach in the Cantorial Ordination Program. He currently teaches a variety of classes in the Cantorial Certification Program, ranging from technology to modern and traditional repertoire.
Cantor Mutlu has performed with many premier musical ensembles including the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Ars Lyrica, Houston Bach Society, Alarm Will Sound, and Park East Synagogue Choir. As a member of NYC’s Trinity Choir Wall Street, he earned two glowing musical reviews from the New York Times. Cantor Mutlu can be heard as tenor soloist on Naxos’ eight-disc set The Complete Haydn Masses as well as on Navona Records’ Requiem: For the Living. He was a featured soloist on Musica Omnia and Trinity Choir Wall Street’s release Handel: Israel in Egypt, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013.
Cantor Mutlu was called to serve as senior cantor of Central Synagogue in 2017. Cantor Dan lives in the Upper West Side with his wife Nina and their three children.
Cantor Julia Cadrain joined Central’s clergy team in 2012, after being ordained by HUC-JIR’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. She loves serving the congregation in numerous and varied capacities. Some highlights include co-producing a record of music from Central’s Friday night service called Sounds of Shabbat, overseeing Central’s adult bnei mitzvah program, and conducting the teen choir. Throughout it all, she has had the privilege of ushering many families through peak life cycle moments.
Cantor Cadrain is also a certified vinyasa yoga instructor, and member of a clergy cohort with the Institute for Jewish spirituality. She is passionate about exploring the interplay between Judaism, mindfulness, and yoga, creating new and innovative yoga practices with integrated Jewish content.
Cantor Cadrain grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and studied classical vocal performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her partner Elana.
Rabbi Lorge comes to the rabbinate as a product of the Reform movement, including its summer camps and national youth group. He grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was ordained in 2013 from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
During his studies, Rabbi Lorge received the Abraham and Anna Helman Memorial Prize, the Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Prize for best sermon preached, the Simon Lazarus Memorial Prize for highest academic standing, and was a two time recipient of the Frederick C. Schwartz Prize for contributions to youth engagement.
As a rabbinical student he was privileged to serve numerous congregations as well as Hillels in the Midwest and the South. He also spent three years serving as the coordinator of the HUC-JIR and American Jewish Archives High School and College Program, which brought together leaders of the Reform Jewish youth movement from across North America for intensive weekend retreats.
Additionally, Rabbi Lorge spent a summer serving as a Critical Care Chaplaincy Intern at a Chicago-area hospital.
Rabbi Lorge currently serves as the co-chair of Jewish Women International’s Clergy Taskforce to End Domestic Abuse. He also is the co-founder of Reyut: The Jewish Campaign for Healthy Relationships, which runs programming for Jewish youth focused on healthy relationship education.
Rabbi Lorge resides on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Rabbi Ross was ordained in 2018 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. During his studies, he received awards for his achievements in Hebrew, liturgy, homiletics, and ecumenical studies. While in rabbinical school, he served for three years as rabbinic intern at Columbia/Barnard Hillel and for two years as student rabbi at Temple Beth Ha-Sholom in Williamsport, PA. He also completed a summer chaplaincy internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Prior to joining the clergy team at Central, Rabbi Ross was privileged to serve as Senior Jewish Educator at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale.
Originally from Merion Station, PA, Rabbi Ross graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in History and Science, Technology, and Society. After graduating, he served for two years as a Teach For America corps member in Prince George’s County, Maryland, teaching 7th grade social studies while earning a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. Following the Corps, Rabbi Ross worked for two years at the Advisory Board Company, a health care research and consulting firm based in DC.
A fitness enthusiast, Rabbi Ross ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2017 and has been a frequent participant in the Spartan Race at Citi Field. He lives with his wife Rabbi Jade Sank Ross and their adorable dog Rashi.
Rabbi Salth was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2005. Before enrolling, he spent more than 10 years working in the fields of youth development, community service, and leadership training. He served on the start-up team for AmeriCorps, where he co-designed and implemented the National Civilian Community Corps. Later, Rabbi Salth became the director of education and community service for Up with People in Denver, Colorado, where he worked on projects that ranged from environmental restoration after natural disasters to violence prevention and leadership training in high schools.
Prior to his appointment at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Salth served as the Rabbi/Director of Jewish Learning for Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, N.J. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton and M.A. in Religious Education from HUC-JIR’s School of Education.
A hiker and a two-time New York City Marathon finisher, Rabbi Salth is also a devoted fan of both the New York Mets and Denver Broncos.
Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein joined Central Synagogue as senior rabbi in 1991. Under his leadership and vision, Rabbi Rubinstein revitalized the congregation in all areas including liturgy, education, and organizational structure, bringing Central Synagogue into the twenty-first century. In 2014, he stepped aside as senior rabbi. In his current role as rabbi emeritus—along with being an active member of the congregation—Rabbi Rubinstein is a member of our Melton teaching team. Rabbi Rubinstein also works both locally and globally to further his commitment to Jewish life. He oversees the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life as the 92Y’s Director of Jewish Community and sits on the board of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
Rabbi Rubinstein graduated from Amherst College and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York where he received a Master of Hebrew Letters degree with honors. Prior to joining Central Synagogue, he served as the Rabbi of Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, N.Y., and at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, California. Throughout his career, Rabbi Rubinstein has taught at Manhattanville College, Colgate University, San Jose State and the HUC-JIR in both New York and Cincinnati. In addition to his professional affiliations and responsibilities, Rabbi Rubinstein is a founder and Chair of the Rabbinic Council of the World Union of Progressive Judaism and Co-chair of the Partnership of Faith in New York City. He is the Founder and Chair of the Rabbinic Vision Initiative aimed at the evolution of Reform Judaism in North America and he is a frequent lecturer on the role of a Rabbi now and in the future. Rabbi Rubinstein serves on the Board of several prominent organizations including Auburn Theological Seminary of which he is the immediate past Chairman of the Board, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, UJA-Federation of New York, United Way of New York, and the Rabbinic Council of HUC-JIR. He is recognized as a leader in the changing face of the Jewish community and was ranked number 3 in Newsweek’s 2012 list of “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis”. He has been on the list since its inception.
His writing has been included in several books including, Our Rabbis Taught (1990), How Can I Find God (1997), Restoring Faith (2001), and Shine by Star Jones (2006).
Rabbi Rubinstein is married to Kerry Rubinstein.
Cantor Richard Botton, with a rich Sephardic background and breadth of musical and liturgical innovation, served as cantor of Central Synagogue for near a quarter century. He was ordained and graduated with honors from the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds a Masters Degree from Adelphi University. In November, 1998 Cantor Botton received a Doctor of Music degree from Hebrew Union College.
Well schooled in secular music, he has appeared as soloist for major orchestras and choruses, performing Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service, and Leonard Bernstein’s “Dybbuk.” A first prize regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions winner, he has performed opera nationally, mostly of Jewish content on the operatic stage. (Lazar Weiner’s “Golem”, and Frederick Piket”s “Isaac Levi”)
In 1974 Cantor Botton was called to the pulpit of Central Synagogue after distinguishing himself as a musical innovator, having commissioned musical and multi-media dramatic works for use in worship. In 1967 he commissioned the first complete published Jewish worship service in the Jazz Idiom which was televised nationally on CBS. During his tenure at Central Synagogue, he collaborated musically with the renowned Jazz Ministry of St. Peter’s Church, NYC.
Cantor Botton served The American Conference of Cantors as both President and Director of Placement. He was awarded Reform Jewish Educator status by the UAHC (now URJ) for his extensive work with children, particularly those with learning diablities.
Cantor Botton now performs a lecture/concert about his Sephardic background, entitled, ”Living Ladino”. There is a CD with many songs he sings from his childhood sold internationally by the same name.