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Women of the Wall

Posted May 13, 2013

Women of the Wall

Harold Levine, Honey Heller, and Patricia Rich

Rabbi Beth Kalisch and three students from her Friday morning Talmud class participated in an outdoor Rosh Chodesh service in Madison Square Park on Friday, May 10 in support of the women in Israel who are fighting to conduct egalitarian services at the Kotel (the Western Wall).

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Honoring the New York AVODAH Corps

Posted May 13, 2013

Honoring the New York AVODAH Corps

Mollie Simon

On Friday, May 17, Central will be honoring New York's AVODAH Corps, among whom is long-time member Mollie Simon. Mollie shared her experience with AVODAH with us.

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A Look at Our History: May 2013

Posted May 1, 2013

A Look at Our History: May 2013

1919 Rugby Team

Central Synagogue’s Archives has some unusual photos. This one is of a championship rugby team of 1919.

Here is a fine team with their coach, their gear, and their big winners’ smiles. Or could they be a basketball team, using the laced ball of that time, suited for a game featuring passing than dribbling?

We do not know what F stands for. Do you? The following year’s uniforms are marked FM. Was it basketball or rugby? Whom and where did they play?

Archives looks forward to hearing from you at (212) 838-5122 x2041 or email Archives.

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

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Rabbi Rubinstein: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Posted April 26, 2013

“It is these guiding texts that propel me to speak with you this evening not as a reflection of the past year, as I usually do, but with heartfelt consideration of who we are as a congregation and what we have become as a synagogue.” — Annual Congregational Meeting, April 25, 2013

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Reflections on Our Board Trip to Israel

Posted April 24, 2013

Reflections on Our Board Trip to Israel

Betty Robbins and Moses Silverman

“We journeyed through a whirlwind of activities that provoked thoughtful conversations about inspiring and challenging developments in Israel today. Through this, we cemented relationships with each other, with the Synagogue, with Judaism, and with Israel.”

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Teen Civil Rights Journey

Posted April 23, 2013

Teen Civil Rights Journey

Highlights of the trip included visits to the Rosa Parks Museum and the Southern Poverty Law Center and meetings with prominent members of the Civil Rights movement such as Bishop Woods and Joanne Bland.

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Announcing Melton’s Return for 2013

Posted April 22, 2013

Launched just last fall at Central, Melton has been highly successful and in line with our goals of supporting our members in learning about Jewish life. While the current students move into their second year of study, you will have the opportunity to become a new student in this incredible program.

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Gesher Tzar M’od: A Song of Comfort

Posted April 20, 2013

Following a challenging week of national news, which included the Boston Marathon Bombings, Cantor Angela Buchdahl and Cantor Julia Katz sang “Gesher Tzar M’od” at Shabbat, a song of comfort that inspires us to “not be afraid.”

Michael Pollan Visits Central

Posted April 16, 2013

Shofar Honoree Michael Pollan, Shofar Chair Steve Klausner, and Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein
Shofar Honoree Michael Pollan, Shofar Chair Steve Klausner, and Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein

On Friday, April 12, 2013, our congregation presented Michael Pollan with Central Synagogue's annual Shofar Award. Pollan, a New York Times best-selling author and food activist, spoke passionately from the bimah about Jewish food rules, our habits, our choices, and why it all matters.

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Our Clergy Respond to Boston Marathon Explosions

Posted April 15, 2013

The devastating news out of Boston today has fallen on Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day. As our community and the world struggle to understand another act of senseless violence, our clergy offer some words of comfort.

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