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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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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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