At Central Synagogue

Update on Hurricane Relief Effort

Posted November 7, 2012

Our congregation’s response to the disaster has been extraordinary. So many of you have offered your help and sought opportunities to support our neighbors at this terrible time. Even those physically unable to assist, have shared thoughts, prayers and funds—all of which mean so much to our community.

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Knitting for Mitzvah Day

Posted November 5, 2012

Why Knot Knit group shows off their creations
Our Why Knot Knit group shows off their creations
Our knitting group, Why Knot Knit, has made 193 items in time for this upcoming Mitzvah Day. That includes 45 knit bunnies, 33 adult hats, 12 infant hats, 26 lap blankets, 17 children's scarves, and 60 adult scarves. These items will be donated to New York Cares on Mitzvah Day as well as to those in New York City who are still without heat and in need of warm clothing and blankets. Kol HaKavod!

Recovering from Sandy

Posted November 2, 2012

Our beloved city has suffered massive destruction as a result of Sandy's powerful winds and incomparable flooding. Tonight we will read from the Torah about the tale of the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities similarly destroyed. The reasons given for their demise are helpful in understanding the wonder of our own town.

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Congregation Trip to Israel

Posted October 27, 2012

Central Synagogue sponsored a trip Israel designed for first-time visitors. The group toured Israel, visited Yad Vashem, floated in the Dead Sea, explored archaeology at Masada, hiked through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, shopped in Tel Aviv, celebrated Shabbat on the beach, and sipped wine in the Judean Hills. View more photos on our Facebook page.

A Look at Our History: October 2012

Posted October 17, 2012

A Look at Our History: October 2012

The ark and its torahs are a focal point of every Jewish sanctuary. The ark interior of Central Synagogue has had several color schemes over the years.

In this photo from the 1950s our ark’s background curtains were primarily white and the torah mantels were white with multicolor embroidery. One torah had a darker color mantel, also with an embroidered motif.

The ark décors reflect the taste and times of our synagogue community and are not limited to any particular formula or duration.

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

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Beacon School Freshmen Visit Central Synagogue

Posted October 17, 2012

This morning, our youth director Zach Rolf spoke to more than three hundred high school freshmen from The Beacon School about Judaism. They learned about Reform Judaism, its beliefs, and the role that Central Synagogue plays in the community. We even took out a Torah for them to look at!

Festive Erev Sukkot Worship

Posted October 10, 2012

Erev Sukkot Worship 2012

Our congregation spent a beautiful Erev Sukkot in upstate New York at Stonewall Farm, the home of congregants Barry and Sheryl Schwartz.

Adults and children alike enjoyed apple picking and hayrides early in the afternoon. Although we were rained out of our outdoor sukkah—a display of nature appropriate to the holiday!—the worship service in the barn was just as meaningful and festive.

Record Live Streaming for Rosh HaShanah

Posted September 19, 2012

Record Live Streaming for Rosh HaShanah

Nearly 3,000 people joined us via live stream for Rosh HaShanah.
Nearly 3,000 people joined us via live stream for Rosh HaShanah.
Our Rosh HaShanah services were live streamed and watched by nearly 3,000 people around the world. Viewers wrote to us expressing gratitude from as nearby as Manhattan and as far away as Aruba, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Micronesia, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam!

Tashlich with Our Neighbors

Posted September 18, 2012

For the first time, Central Synagogue held a joint Tashlich ceremony with our neighbors from the East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue at the East River. Read more

Congregation Installs Assistant Cantor Julia Katz

Posted September 17, 2012

Congregation Installs Assistant Cantor Julia Katz

Our clergy with Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR
Our clergy with Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR
Our congregation, joined by Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR, gathered to install our new Assistant Cantor Julia Katz on September 14.

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