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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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Discussion on the Recent News about Jerusalem

Posted December 14, 2017

Discussion on the Recent News about Jerusalem

Last Monday, we were fortunate to have Dr. Steven Bayme, American Jewish Committee’s Director of Jewish Life join us to discuss the history of Jerusalem during the past 100 years, unpack what exactly has taken place in light of the recent announcement to move the Embassy to Jerusalem, and discuss the implications of this announcement for the future of Israel and Israeli-Diaspora relations. Read more

Preventing Genocide and Protecting the Rohingya People

Posted December 14, 2017

Preventing Genocide and Protecting the Rohingya People

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority in Burma (also known as Myanmar). Recently the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) reported: “since August 25, 2017, Burmese forces have burned entire Rohingya villages to the ground, soldiers have indiscriminately massacred and raped Rohingya men, women and children, and more than 600,000 people have been forced to flee by foot and boats to refugee camps in Bangladesh, a three-day trek from their burned villages.” These genocidal and other heinous acts continue to be committed.

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Remembering Kristallnacht

Posted November 9, 2017

Remembering Kristallnacht

We remember that 79 years ago, on November 9th and 10th, the Nazi party, alongside regular civilians, engaged in a series of coordinated pogroms against Jews in Germany and Austria in an evening we now call Kristallnach, the night of broken glass.

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Why I Run: Rabbi Maurice Salth’s Reflection on Running the New York City Marathon

Posted November 2, 2017

Why I Run: Rabbi Maurice Salth’s Reflection on Running the New York City Marathon

I run because on the marathon course I am eyewitness and beneficiary of a taste of Olam HaBah – Judaism’s concept of the world as it ought to be; where people from all backgrounds and more than 100 nations are running, cheering and genuinely supporting each other.

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The Holiness Code: Six Reflections from Central Members

Posted September 27, 2017

The Holiness Code: Six Reflections from Central Members

On Yom Kippur afternoon we read a section of the Torah known as the holiness code. This section, found in chapter 19 of Leviticus, is at the heart of the Torah and contains some of the most moving commandments within our tradition. We asked six of our members to reflect upon one of these commandments. They did so in front of our community just after we chanted from the Torah. We are grateful for their personal and moving insights which are shared below:

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