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A Look at Our History: December 2012

Posted December 18, 2012

A Look at Our History: December 2012

An archival image from Chanukah 1991

Celebrating with light is popular in many religions during the dark month of December. During Chanukah, lighting the chanukiyah is our tradition, as represented by these joyful religious school students preparing to light the candles. The candles of the chanukiyah represent the miraculous eight days that the small vial of oil found in the Temple burned after the success led by the Maccabees.

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

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A Shabbat In Memory of Sandy Hook Victims

Posted December 16, 2012

Our congregation and nation are raw with emotion and heartbreak following the Connecticut school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The spirit of our typically joyous Shabbat evening services was muted on December 14. Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein began the service with these heartfelt remarks. Read more

Chanukah with Our Students

Posted December 11, 2012

Rabbi Rubinstein and three 5th graders lit Central's menorah on the first school night of Chanukah. And our nursery school students enjoyed latkes while learning about Chanukah traditions.

ASPCA’s Annual Blessing of the Animals

Posted December 10, 2012

Yesterday, Rabbi Rubinstein and Rabbi Salth teamed with Senior Minister Stephen Bauman and Christian clergy from Christ Church on Park Avenue for the ASPCA's annual Blessing of the Animals.

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Staff Lunch & Learn

Posted December 6, 2012

Our staff and clergy practiced Israeli dancing as part of a lunch & learn opportunity in the Pavilion. Congregational president David Edelson also addressed the staff.

Rabbi’s Response to B’nai Jeshurun’s Congregational Email on U.N. Vote

Posted December 5, 2012

Rabbi Rubinstein shares his thoughts on the U.N. vote, the Jewish community's reaction, and the congregational email that made headlines.

It reads, in part, "The vote at the U.N. yesterday is a great moment for us as citizens of the world."

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Tony Blair at Central

Posted December 4, 2012

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited our Main Sanctuary for an hour-long dialogue with Rabbi Rubinstein.

What Is Our Global Jewish Responsibility?

Posted December 4, 2012

I believe we Jews are a unique people with an extraordinary history. I believe we’ve been given an unparalleled mission and the world needs us. I have faith that God wants us to be here and we the Jewish people matter as a result.

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Food Stamp Challenge: Day 5

Posted December 3, 2012

Congregant Molly Shapiro, 13, describes what it was like to shop and eat on a $31.50 weekly allowance in New York City. Read more

Teens Visit RAC in DC

Posted December 3, 2012

This weekend, our teens traveled to the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C., where they met Senator Schumer and Representative Maloney.

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