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Reflections on Board Trip to Israel

Posted March 9, 2018

Reflections on Board Trip to Israel

Our board recently returned from a trip to Israel. After an amazing week exploring the country, Vice President Jeremy Fielding shared his thoughts on the incredible experience.

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100 Years As “Central Synagogue”

Posted March 1, 2018

100 Years As “Central Synagogue”

This spring of 2018 marks 100 years of our Congregation's use of the name Central Synagogue!

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Reflections on Confirmation Trip to Germany

Posted February 27, 2018

Reflections on Confirmation Trip to Germany

Over President’s weekend, our Confirmation class explored over a thousand years of Jewish history in Germany on their study trip to Frankfurt, Mainz, Worms, Speyer, and Nuremberg.

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Addressing Domestic and Family Violence

Posted February 5, 2018

Addressing Domestic and Family Violence

Central Synagogue is a proud participant in New York City’s Domestic/Family Violence and Faith in Action Weekend. February 9th-11th, synagogues, churches, mosques, and temples throughout New York are addressing the subject of domestic and family violence.

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Installation of Cantor Daniel Mutlu

Posted January 30, 2018

Installation of Cantor Daniel Mutlu

On Friday, January 26, our congregation gathered to celebrate the installation of Cantor Daniel Mutlu as senior cantor. One of our Vice Presidents, Shonni Silverberg, presented Cantor Mutlu with a tallit embroidered with an excerpt from the week's Torah portion, which goes by the nickname Shabbat Shirah, Shabbat of Song. Cantor Multu talked about how his grandfather hounded his childhood synagogue to hire him as the cantor, long before Cantor Mutlu knew he wanted to be a cantor, and accidentally talked him into the career. Rabbi Buchdahl, Rabbi David Lyon of Congregation Beth Israel of Houston, and Rabbi Jordan Millstein of Temple Sinai of Bergen County shared powerful words of praise for Cantor Mutlu.

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Family Trip to Israel, December 2017

Posted January 10, 2018

Family Trip to Israel, December 2017

Just this past week, Rabbi Lorge and Rabbi Rosenthal returned from leading a congregational trip to Israel. The group, made up of Central families, explored both the historical and religious significance of the beautiful country. From the old stones of Jerusalem to the mystical city of Tsfat, they left no stone unturned as they discovered the wonder of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.

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A Look at Our History: What’s in a Name? 100 Years as “Central Synagogue”

Posted January 4, 2018

A Look at Our History: What’s in a Name? 100 Years as “Central Synagogue”

This spring of 2018 marks 100 years of our Congregation's use of the name Central Synagogue.

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The Mishkan: A New Shabbat Morning Experience

Posted December 20, 2017

"Experiencing Shabbat morning prayer in an intimate setting with more time for Torah study and musical exploration, led by amazing clergy and shaliach tzibur (community leader), has added immeasurably to the spiritual breadth of my Jewish observance." This thought from Karen Chaikin beautifully sums up the goal of The Mishkan, a participatory service that features a deeper dive into the Shabbat morning prayers.

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Cantor Mutlu’s Reflection on Chanukah

Posted December 19, 2017

I am so grateful that on Friday, January 26 that 6 pm I will be installed as Central Synagogue’s senior cantor. Looking forward to this event I am reminded of all of my guiding lights along the way: from the instructor of that first music theory class to the rabbis, cantors, colleagues, and teachers who continue to show me the way.

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Union For Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial 2017

Posted December 14, 2017

Union For Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial 2017

Last week, a delegation of over 20 staff and congregants from Central Synagogue joined over 6,000 Reform Jews at the URJ’s biennial conference in Boston. The URJ’s mission is to strengthen congregations and communities that connect people to Jewish life. Central was well represented with Rabbi Auerbach leading a session on Core Groups, Rabbi Kolin moderating a training on Social Justice, Shani Ben Or reading Torah, and Elana Arian performing her beautiful rendition of Hinei Mah Tov.

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