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Trips & Retreats

Trips & Retreats

Traveling with your Central Synagogue community is an exceptional experience. Group trips and retreats offer a unique opportunity to get to know our Clergy and to spend uninterrupted time with fellow members, all while strengthening your Jewish connections with the people and places we visit.

Typically Central takes congregational trips to Israel every 18 months.


Upcoming Trips & Retreats

Join us on an extraordinary adventure through Madrid and Southern Spain. 

Jewish Tradition in Madrid and Andalusia:
October 19-28, 2022

Optional Barcelona Extension:
October 28-31, 2022

Join Rabbis Sarah Berman and Mo Salth and fellow Central Synagogue congregants on a remarkable trip to Spain. Did you know that Spain is rich in Jewish history? Home to the original “Sephardim” (“Spanish Jews” in Hebrew), Spain is full of stories and evidence of its Jewish population’s classic heritage and culture.

To bring this history to life, we have designed a customized journey through the breathtakingly beautiful city of Madrid and the diverse region of Andalusia with an optional extension weekend in Barcelona.

The Director of Jewish Studies at Vassar College, Professor Marc Michael Epstein, will be our lead guide helping us to explore museums and world heritage sites, walk in the footsteps of Sephardic ancestors on the cobbled lanes of ancient Jewish neighborhoods, enjoy delicious food and Shabbat dinner, learn about the Golden Age of the Jews of Spain, and so much more. 

This trip is for Central Synagogue members. Members, please check your email for more information and a link to register for the trip.

Previous Trips & Retreats

Central’s 2019 Great, BIG, Multigenerational 10x Chai Trip to Israel

In late August 2019, more than 130 congregants celebrated Central Synagogue’s 180th anniversary with Rabbi Angela W. Buchdahl and other members of Clergy and Central staff on a wonderfully joyous and educational trip to Israel.

Read about it here.


2019 Women’s Fall Retreat

This one-day restorative retreat led by Rabbis Angela Buchdahl, Nicole Auerbach, and Lori Koffman in Manhattan’s Flatiron District brought together Central women across all generations in song, sharing a meal, discussion, and reflection. The retreat included a visit from speaker Sarah Hurwitz, the former head speech writer for Michelle Obama and author of the book “Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life—in Judaism,” and a mindful movement and meditation led by Rabbi Myriam Klotz, Director of the Spirituality Initiative at the HUC-JIC New York. 

Read a personal reflection on the 2019 Women’s Retreat.


2019 Central Synagogue Civil Rights Journey

In April 2019, a wonderful group of congregants came together to retrace the path of the Civil Rights movement and consider what role Jews can and should continue to play in the struggle for racial justice in this country. Led by Rabbi Nicole Auerbach and lay leaders from our community organizing team, the group traveled through Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham and Selma, Alabama, to meet local civil rights leaders and visit important historical sights and museums.

View a trip photo album at Central’s Facebook page.