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Rabbi Stephanie Kolin at Trinity Church: d’var Torah

Posted February 12, 2019

As a part of our continued conversation about bail reform in New York State, Rabbi Stephanie Kolin spoke to a congregation at Trinity Church about the importance of criminal justice reform. Read more

Practice is Central

Posted February 5, 2019

As February arrives, we launch our next Joy is Central theme: Practice is Central. We are often so caught up attending to the demands of daily life that we skip caring for ourselves. Beginning this month, we invite you to experiment with a personal practice (a “practice” in this sense is simply an intentional, regular habit that supports your well being).

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Overtime: A Circle for Strength and Inspiration

Posted February 1, 2019

Overtime; A Circle for Strength and Inspiration welcomes those parents nurturing children --teenage and up--who have chronic mental health issues. This closed and confidential group pairs traditional support work--sharing stories, normalizing experiences, offering resources--with a unique focus on caregivers through reading and writing poems together. Read more

Sharing in the Joy of Shabbat is Central

Posted January 31, 2019

On Friday, January 25, Central members hosted Shabbat dinners across New York City as a part of our Joy is Central, Shabbat is Central event. Congregants joined hosts for dinners for a chance to relax, unplug, and connect. Emily Steinman, a dinner host, shares her experience welcoming fellow congregants into her home to share in the joy of Shabbat. Read more

Volunteering in the Breakfast Program

Posted January 10, 2019

Every Thursday and Friday morning at 6AM, nine sleepy but enthusiastic Central volunteers gather in the Community House to heed Isaiah's call. We serve a hot breakfast and a take away lunch to approximately 120 New Yorkers each Thursday and Friday in desperate need of a smile, a meal and a place to be safe. Read more

Shabbat is Central

Posted January 3, 2019

In this new year, we continue our Joy is Central series and invite you to lean into Shabbat. Join us on Friday, January 25, where we hope to engage all ages in one of our special Shabbat is Central dinners or events. Additionally, we encourage you to choose one thing that will make Shabbat feel special this month; attend our Friday night services, light candles, bake challah, or even use Shabbat as a time to “unplug,” as Rabbi Buchdahl explains in her video below. Don’t worry – you don’t have to do it all – choose what works for you.

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James Forman Jr. on Ending Mass Incarceration

Posted December 18, 2018

James Forman Jr. on Ending Mass Incarceration

On December 10, 2018, James Forman Jr., a Yale Law School professor, explored the complex relationship between race, class, and the American criminal justice system, and discussed and signed his best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Read more

Volunteering as Accompaniers with New Sanctuary Coalition

Posted December 13, 2018

Volunteering as Accompaniers with New Sanctuary Coalition

Central members Liz Wagner and Susan Wagner attended the ICE Accompanier Training event here at Central on December 3. In this piece, they reflect on how and why volunteering to help undocumented immigrants in this way has been such a meaningful experience. Read more

Gratitude is Central

Posted December 11, 2018

Continuing our Joy is Central series, this December Gratitude is Central. Jewish tradition encourages us to pause and give thanks multiple times every day. Research now shows what Jews have known for millenia: expressing gratitude can bring us joy.

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Giving is Central

Posted November 21, 2018

We continue to discover month-by-month the ways our tradition helps us find the essential religious element of joy in our lives. This month, we explore the practice of Tzedakah. Jewish tradition commands us to give to those in need, and science shows that doing so brings us joy.

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