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President’s Annual Message

Posted April 15, 2013

In his "State of the Synagogue" report, Congregational President David Edelson lists 10 highlights of the year to come, including the High Holy Days, staff updates, and membership news.

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Announcing the William M. Lese Lobby

Posted April 10, 2013

In honor of the longstanding generosity and commitment of Bill Lese and his family, we are now pleased to announce that the Community House lobby will be named the William M. Lese Lobby.

The lobby space, so often filled with the light-hearted sounds of our Religious School students gathering before and after classes, is a most fitting tribute to Bill's legacy.

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A Look at Our History: April 2013

Posted April 3, 2013

A Look at Our History: April 2013

Natalya Rolbin, 2009

A visitor, Natalya Rolbin, came to our Shabbat services in 2009. During that planned visit, she celebrated good news regarding her unborn child, in an atmosphere which gave her the peace she sought. During her visit she made a sketch of our building “to honor its beauty” and celebrate her joy. Happily, Natalya recently sent her sketch to Central Synagogue’s Archives. Our Archives contain Central's history, both historic and current, including documents and photographs of our impact on our larger community.

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

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Alper Talmud Class Makes Matzah Brei

Posted April 2, 2013



Students in our Alper Talmud class made and ate matzah brei together over Pesach.

It Takes a Village: 1,000 Step Up to Help A Sick Congregant

Posted March 20, 2013

This story began last winter when our clergy learned that longtime member Wendy Siegel was ill with leukemia. In the span of two weeks, more than 1,000 people hoping to become bone marrow donors for one of our congregants have swabbed their cheeks with the Gift of Life organization.

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President’s Message

Posted March 13, 2013

In response to Rabbi Rubinstein's announcement today, Congregational President David B. Edelson shared the following message:

As you know by now, Rabbi Peter Rubinstein has decided to step aside as the Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue effective June 30, 2014.

When Rabbi Rubinstein arrived at Central in July 1991, we had no idea how big an impact one man could have on our community. We have been blessed beyond imagination. Our goal is to ensure that Rabbi Rubinstein’s legacy of innovation and excellence continues under new leadership."

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Rabbi Rubinstein Announces Plans to Step Aside

Posted March 13, 2013

In an email to the congregation today, Central's senior rabbi announced he will step aside at the end of June 2014:

I have always been enchanted by the lovely words from Ecclesiastes: “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heavens.” Yet the immense power of this imagery has never had quite the emotional impact as it does now

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Shofar Shabbat: Michael Pollan

Posted March 4, 2013

Passover will soon be upon us. As we commemorate our deliverance from Pharaoh’s cruelty around the Seder table, the food we eat is integral to both our history and our faith.

That makes our upcoming Shofar Shabbat particularly relevant to both the soul and the stomach, as we award the Central Synagogue Shofar Award to Michael Pollan.

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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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