Israel at 70

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Israel at 70

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If you will it – it is no dream.”

Theodor Herzl penned these words more than 50 years before the modern state of Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. This year, we honor and celebrate the realization of this dream and Israel’s 70th year as a sovereign nation. To commemorate this milestone, we are excited to offer a series of enriching programs on Israel. We hope you will join us as we rejoice, reflect, learn, listen resiliently, and engage in meaningful conversations and experiences in the coming months.

K-5 Family Retreat

Friday evening May 3 through Sunday morning May 5 | The Edith Macy Conference Center

We hope you will join us for our 2nd annual Kindergarten through 5th grade Family Retreat!

This year’s retreat will be held at a new location, The Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff, NY, from Friday evening, May 3 through Sunday morning, May 5. Families will enjoy camp style activities in hotel-like accommodations!

We’ll share Shabbat, Havdalah, and a lot of camp activities! Highlights will include a campfire, sports, arts and crafts, prayer, study with clergy, and lots of bonding time with our community.

Together, we’ll celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. Activities for kids and babysitting will be available in the evenings, so parents can enjoy some drinks and socializing time.

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Central’s Great, BIG, Multi-Generational 10x Chai Trip to Israel

August 20-28, 2019

This trip is only open to Central Synagogue members and their families

Celebrate Central Synagogue’s Upcoming 180th Anniversary with Rabbi Buchdahl and 180 congregants on our congregational trip. It can be especially meaningful (and lots of fun) to experience Israel with your family. Whether you’ve been hesitant to go, or you’ve been several times, join us for this exhilarating experience.

Over 250 congregants expressed their interest in joining this trip, please be sure to register now to ensure your spot as we expect the trip will fill quickly. Multiple track options for first-timers and returners, families and adults, skeptics and seekers.

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Our People

Rabbi Ari S. Lorge

Rabbi Ari S. Lorge


Nicole Auerbach

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach

Director of Congregational Engagement

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