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A Look at Our History: Women’s History Month 2013

Posted March 1, 2013

A Look at Our History: Women’s History Month 2013

Rebecca Kohut, undated archival image

In honor of Women's History Month, we share this archival image of Rebecca Kohut.

Rebekiah (Rebecca) Bettelheim Kohut was born 1864 in Hungary into a learned family of rabbis. In 1867 the family immigrated to America. In 1887 she met Ahawath Chesed’s recently appointed and recently widowed Rabbi Alexander Kohut. Although never having children of her own she became mother to his eight children, six of whom were under thirteen years old. As the children grew up she found time to work as a champion of improved public sanitation and founded the Sisterhood of Personal Service at Ahawath Chesed. This group of ladies aided immigrant families adapt to their new life in America. She earned an honorary degree from the Jewish Institute of Religion in 1934 and wrote both her husband’s and her own memoirs. In 1951 she died at the age of 87. Surely Rebecca’s life is encouraging and inspiring to us. She was a dedicated stepmother and a leader who organized women to help others, exemplifying great determination and dedication.

These monthly historical briefs are prepared by Amy Goldberger, Chair of the Archives Committee and Anne Mininberg, Archivist

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Mayoral Candidate Forum

Posted March 1, 2013

Rabbi Rubinstein welcomed the 2013 New York City mayoral candidates to our Sanctuary for a forum hosted by the Daily News and Metro IAF. Watch the video.

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A Look at Our History: March 2013

Posted February 28, 2013

A Look at Our History: March 2013

Rabbis Jonah B. Wise (left) and David J. Seligson (right) led a second night Passover Seder in Central’s Pavilion space

On April 5, 1958, Rabbis Jonah B. Wise (left) and David J. Seligson (right) led a second night Passover Seder in Central’s Pavilion space. Matzos, Kiddush cup, embroidered cloth, candlesticks, and flowers on the dais combine to set the tone of Rabbi Seligson’s reading of the Haggadah, the story of the Jews escape from Egypt. A traditional Passover meal was enjoyed by all.

These monthly historical briefs are prepared by Amy Goldberger, Chair of the Archives Committee and Anne Mininberg, Archivist

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A Look at Our History: February 2013

Posted February 18, 2013

A Look at Our History: February 2013

Purim, 1987

At Central Synagogue, Purim has always been a phantasmagorical dress-up occasion for our clergy and congregants. While the formality of the holiday celebrating the deliverance of the Jews from their oppressors as told in the Book of Esther remains the focus, costumes run the gamut from historical characters to Big Bird.

In 1987 our rabbi wore a Big Bird costume.

These monthly historical briefs are prepared by Amy Goldberger, Chair of the Archives Committee and Anne Mininberg, Archivist

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How to Make Hamantaschen

Posted February 14, 2013

Some of our Nursery School students from Tutim/Red Room and Tzipporim/Blue Room learned to make hamantaschen as part of learning about Purim.

Shabbat Shirah & Tu BiSh’vat

Posted January 25, 2013

Watch and listen as Cantor Buchdahl sings her d'rash for Tu BiSh'vat and the Song of the Sea for Shabbat Shirah.

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MLK Day with Habitat for Humanity

Posted January 20, 2013

Central Synagogue volunteers with Habitat for Humanity during Martin Luther King, Jr., Day weekend

A few of our congregants, including Carol-Ann Ross and Harold Levine, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity as part of the national MLK Day of Service as part of a large interfaith crew at the Lillian Ward Senior Center on the Lower East Side. In addition to painting work, the volunteers enjoyed a fascinating presentation by a librarian from the Jewish Theological Seminary about the relationship between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Jewish community.

Shabbat Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 18, 2013

Each year, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during Shabbat worship, a fearless civil rights leader who understood and reminded us that, “The segregationists and racists make no fine distinction between the Negro and the Jew.”

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A Look at Our History: January 2013

Posted January 4, 2013

A Look at Our History: January 2013

Winter, 1965

In the winter of 1965, Central Synagogue began excavation for the construction of its new Community House at 123 East 55th Street.

Fourteen Religious School students and their teacher participated in a special ceremony with Rabbis David Seligson and Lewis Bogage and the Religious School principal, Philip Kravis. They had all come from their School/Community House building at 35 East 62nd Street for the occasion.

Today the construction, completed in 1966, is the home to all of Central Synagogue’s education programs for ages 0-120.

These monthly historical briefs are prepared by Amy Goldberger, Chair of the Archives Committee and Anne Mininberg, Archivist

B’nei Mitzvah Israel Trip

Posted December 26, 2012

Some of our b’nei mitzvah families traveled to Israel in December to sightsee, learn, and celebrate.

View more photos on the CenSyn Teens Facebook page.

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