Wednesday, May 27, 2020

8 am
3 events

Daily Minyan

Location: Virtual

From: Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:15 am


All are invited to join us each morning Monday through Friday on Zoom.
For the link, please email


Bible and Bagels 

Location: Virtual

From: Wednesdays: 8:15-9:15 am


September 11th, 2019 - June 17th, 2020

Led by Central Educator Joe Sofer
Join us as we continue our journey through the Torah, reading a chapter a week. We will pick up where we left off with the Book of Kings, but participation is encouraged at any time.

Contact if interested in joining this class.


Meditation Practice with Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Special Guests

Location: Virtual

From: Monday-Friday, 8:30-9:00 am


Bring some calm to the start of your day by joining Rabbi Buchdahl and special guests each weekday morning for a call-in meditation practice and a little Torah. Meditation helps boost the immune system, relieve stress and anxiety, and center the mind. No experience necessary. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

Please note new call-in number:
+1 253 215 8782, ID: 580 872 399, then press #.

Tuesday, May 12: Rabbi Shimon in the Cave, Mantra: Me’ara=Cave
Wednesday, May 13: We are All in the Same Boat, Mantra: Sefina=Boat
Thursday, May 14: The Prayer Draws Us up to God, Mantra: Tefilah=Prayer, Think, Entreat, Judge
Friday, May 15: Receiving our 6th Sense of Holiness, Mantra: Yeteirah=Additional
Monday, May 18: Living and Counting in the Wilderness, Mantra: Bamidbar=Wilderness
Tuesday, May 19: Challahs in the Ark, Mantra: Lechem=Bread
Wednesday, May 20: May You Be Happy, Mantra: Groundedness and Loving-Kindness

Additional sources and recordings of past sessions are available here.


12 pm
2 events

Coffee with Clergy (and Special Guests)

Location: Virtual

From: Monday–Friday, 12:00–12:30 pm


Join us each weekday at noon for this great chance to connect virtually in-person with Central’s clergy team. A different member of our clergy team—or a special guest!—will share a favorite text, a new piece of music or arrangement, answer questions, or even lead a short cooking segment.


Wednesday, May 13: Karin Lagziel (Upper ES Shlicha), Israeli Kitchen: Bourekas (Recipe here)
Thursday, May 14: Rabbi Ari Lorge, What’s the Dill? - a Pickling Show (Recipe here)
Friday, May 15: Rabbi Hilly Haber
Monday, May 18: Dave Strickland and Anna
Tuesday, May 19: Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, “Israeli” Tahini Granola (Recipe here)
Wednesday, May 20: TBD
Thursday, May 21: Rabbi Lisa Rubin, Dealing with Disappointment
Friday, May 22: Rabbi Dan Ross, Memorial Day Workout!
Monday, May 25: CLOSED
Tuesday, May 26: Cantor Dan Mutlu, The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Mutlu
Wednesday, May 27: Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal, Cheesecake Making (Recipe here)
Thursday, May 28: Rabbi Ari Lorge, What’s the Dill - a Pickling Show
Friday, May 29: CLOSED

To join us online for this program, simply visit Central Synagogue’s Facebook page or our website livestream page.


Weekly Torah Study with Central Clergy

Location: Virtual

From: Wednesdays: 12:00-1:15 pm


September 4th, 2019 - June 17th, 2020

Led by Central’s Rabbi Hilly Haber

This class explores the weekly Torah portion from ancient and modern perspectives.

Contact if interested in joining this class.

Join anytime! No registration required.



1 pm
1 event

Samuel I and II

Location: Virtual

From: Wednesdays: 1:30-2:30 pm


September 4th, 2019 - June 17th, 2020

Led by Cantor Suzanne Skloot

Explore the text of Samuel I and II. Together we will look at and compare the translations of the Jewish Publication Society and the more recent translation by UC Berkeley professor Robert Alter, and learn why Alter believes that the character of David is the finest portrayal of a human life from antiquity. Our discussions will work to understand the agendas of the original authors and their subsequent editors.

Contact if interested in joining this class.

Join anytime! No regiration required.


6 pm
1 event

Annual Congregational Meeting

Location: Zoom & Livestream

From: 6:00 pm - 7:15pm



Because of COVID-19, this year’s meeting will be held virtually. All congregants are encouraged to attend via zoom or to watch the livestream. In accordance with Article V, Section 3(b) of the By Laws, we will vote to elect new officers and trustees and we will hear from our President, Treasurer, and Senior Rabbi.  At this year’s meeting, we will also be seeking approval for a Resolution passed by of the Board of Trustees to enter into a proposed transaction involving some of our Transferable Development Rights (“air rights”).

—Joe Sofer, Secretary

We strongly encourage you to cast your vote online via proxy, whether or not you are able to join the meeting. Please note, members who have opted to receive communications via the United States Postal Service, will receive a paper proxy that they can complete and return to us.

Note that only primary members and their spouses or partners may vote; non-member spouses, adult children, or other dependents in your family are not eligible.

Cast your vote online »


  1. Invocation: our clergy will lead us in an opening blessing
  2. Nominating Committee Report: Past President and Chair of the Nominating Committee,  Abigail Pogrebin will thank those board members whose terms have ended, and announce the Board of Trustee’s nominations and re-nominations for the upcoming year.  She will share the number of votes received via proxy or paper, and a vote will be taken among the congregants present at the meeting to finalize the nominations.
  3. Finance Report: Board Treasurer Jon May will review the synagogue’s financial health.
  4. President’s Report: Jeremy Fielding will talk about the state of the synagogue and provide important details about the proposed transaction involving some of the Synagogue’s Transferable Development Rights (“air rights”).  He will share the number of votes received via proxy or paper, and a vote will be taken among the congregants present at the meeting to seek approval for Resolutions of the Board of Trustees to enter into the transaction.
  5. Senior Rabbi’s Remarks: Rabbi Angela Buchdahl will share her thoughts about the past year, and the year ahead including how COVID-19 has impacted our community, and how we are moving forward to ensure we emerge as strong as ever from the pandemic.
  6. Q&A: the synagogue’s senior leadership will answer questions from members. We’ll be able to accept questions via the chat feature in Zoom; however, we encourage you to submit questions before the meeting by emailing
  7. Benediction: the meeting will close with a song and blessing

Report of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is tasked with providing, by March 31st, a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for first-term trustees as well as re-nominating trustees completing their first and second terms. Additionally, the Committee nominates first-term officers and re-nominates continuing officers.

Trustees are eligible for three three-year terms and officers are eligible for four one-year terms. President is eligible for three one-year terms.

Here is this year’s slate:

Nominated as Officers for a One-Year Term

Jeremy Fielding, President
Brad Bernstein, Vice President
Michael Gamzon, Vice President
Jill Seigerman, Vice President
Shonni Silverberg, Vice President
Jon May, Treasurer
Joe Sofer, Secretary

Nominated as Trustees for their first Three-Year Term

David Kleinhandler
Susan Saltzstein
Susie Stern

Re-Nominated as Trustees for a Three-Year Term

Nino Magliocco
Stephen Siegel
Shonni Silverberg

Submitted March 2020: Abigail Pogrebin (chair) with committee members Cindy Edelson, Mari Hinojosa, Benjamin Lawsky, Jaymere Stein, and Steve Steinman.

If you are unable to join via Zoom, you may watch the livestream on our website.