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Gratitude is Central

Posted December 11, 2018

Continuing our Joy is Central series, this December Gratitude is Central. Jewish tradition encourages us to pause and give thanks multiple times every day. Research now shows what Jews have known for millenia: expressing gratitude can bring us joy.

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Giving is Central

Posted November 21, 2018

We continue to discover month-by-month the ways our tradition helps us find the essential religious element of joy in our lives. This month, we explore the practice of Tzedakah. Jewish tradition commands us to give to those in need, and science shows that doing so brings us joy.

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Food is Central

Posted October 24, 2018

The first of our Joy is Central events focused on the Jewish emphasis on joy through eating and food. As King Solomon reminded us: “So I recommend rejoicing in life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and rejoice.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

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Memorial Scroll

Posted October 11, 2018

Memorial Scroll

In 1967 Central Synagogue welcomed a surviving Sefer Torah rescued from the Holocaust. A dedication ceremony was held for the scroll whose origins reside in Lipnik, Czechoslovakia.

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Reflections on Trip to Montreal

Posted October 10, 2018

Reflections on Trip to Montreal

Earlier this year, the Confirmation class at Central Synagogue asked for more opportunities to travel, learn, and experience Jewish faith and tradition beyond New York City. The 11th graders traveled to Montreal to explore the city and see how Jewish life compares to life at home.

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Joy is Central

Posted September 30, 2018

Rabbi Buchdahl’s Yom Kippur sermon reflected on the Torah’s commandment to be joyful, and inspired our year-long Joy is Central campaign. Watch Rabbi Buchdahl's Yom Kippur sermon.

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The Holiness Code: Torah Reflections from Central Members

Posted September 26, 2018

The Holiness Code: Torah 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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Remarks from the 2018 Annual Meeting

Posted May 25, 2018

Remarks from the 2018 Annual Meeting

Watch Senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and synagogue president Abigail Pogrebin deliver their remarks at our 2018 Annual Congregational Meeting, held on Thursday, May 24.

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Reflections on Trip to New Orleans

Posted April 17, 2018

Reflections on Trip to New Orleans

Last weekend, 32 8th and 9th-grade students traveled down south to New Orleans for a social justice trip.

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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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