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Continuing the Work in Criminal Justice Reform During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted March 25, 2020

Central sees our work in criminal justice reform as part of our commitment to ending the tools of systemic racism in our country. We have continued to engage in advocacy work on this issue during the pandemic. Read more

Challah Recipe from Rabbi Rosenthal

Posted March 24, 2020

Challah Recipe from Rabbi Rosenthal

Need a fun culinary activity while staying indoors? Take a look at this Weekly Challah recipe provided by Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal. Read more

Update: Virtual Programming to Continue Through April 20

Posted March 19, 2020

It has not even been a week since we announced that Central would become a completely “virtual” synagogue, yet the world has changed enormously since then. We are so grateful to our community and staff for the resiliency they have shown in this very difficult time. Read more

Coronavirus Update: Important News from Central Synagogue

Posted March 12, 2020

Pikuach Nefesh, the principle of “saving a life,” is paramount in our tradition. It overrides all other laws including the observance of Shabbat. With the explosion of COVID-19 cases in New York, it is no exaggeration to say that our response may be a matter of life or death. We have been consulting with some of the leading health institutions in our city, and they have been clear that one of the most important goals is to help “flatten the curve,” to slow down the spread of the virus through social distancing and lessen the potential for overburdening our city and nation's healthcare system. Read more

2 For Seder: Push Back on Anti-Semitism with Love and Matzah

Posted March 11, 2020

2 For Seder: Push Back on Anti-Semitism with Love and Matzah

Join Central and the 2 for Seder organization in fighting anti-Semitism at a grassroots level this Passover. Founded in 2019 after the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Shooting, 2 for Seder encourages Jews to take direct, positive action against anti-Semitism by inviting two people of another faith to a seder, giving guests an authentic Jewish experience from which to learn and build bridges. Read more

Central and Other NY Faith Leaders Turn on the TAP

Posted March 5, 2020

Central and Other NY Faith Leaders Turn on the TAP

Central Synagogue has added its name to a growing list of NY faith leaders who want to Turn on the TAP. Central is part of a coalition to restore the public Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to men and women who are incarcerated in New York State. The Turn on the TAP campaign supports a bill that would grant thousands of men and women access to higher education. College-in-prison programs have proven to ease returning citizens’ reentry into society and increase safety within prisons. Read the letter that will be delivered in person to legislators onTurn on the TAP Advocacy Day in Albany on March 17. Read more

Update: Addressing Coronavirus Concerns

Posted March 5, 2020

Last week all members received the following message, via email, from Executive Director Marcia Caban regarding Central's actions in relation to news of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of our community. We are closely monitoring advice from government agencies and have also put together a lay committee of member-experts in fields of healthcare, medicine, and logistics. Read more

Teens Reflect on Confirmation Trip to Vienna

Posted February 19, 2020

Teens Reflect on Confirmation Trip to Vienna

This month, 10th graders who are part of this year’s Confirmation Class traveled to Vienna with Cantor Dan Mutlu, Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal, and LCLJ staff Merissa Hochberg and Amanda Phillips.

The students learned about the history and presence of Judaism in the region, attending Shabbat services at the local Reform synagogue and touring sites including Mauthausen concentration camp—the last to be liberated during World War II—and the Stadttempel, the only synagogue in the area to survive Kristallnacht.

They also learned about Vienna’s rich classical music tradition at the interactive House of Music museum and attended a chocolate-making workshop.

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Central Launches Newest Advocacy Campaign: Turn on the TAP

Posted February 13, 2020

Central Launches Newest Advocacy Campaign: Turn on the TAP

On Thursday, February 13, 2020,Central Synagogue launched its newest advocacy campaign: the reinstatement of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for men and women who are incarcerated in New York State. Over 100 members gathered for a night of revelation and storytelling, and learned about ways in which access to higher education in prison has the power to transform lives. Read more

Your Voice Matters: Vote Reform in the 2020 World Zionist Congress Election

Posted January 22, 2020

Your Voice Matters: Vote Reform in the 2020 World Zionist Congress Election

Make your voice heard in Israel. The World Zionist Congress elections have just opened, giving Central members, and all American Jews, our only democratic opportunity to influence Israeli society and support Israel's Reform presence. Voting is open now until March 11, 2020. Read more

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