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We Pray for Peace in Jerusalem

Posted May 13, 2021

My heart is in the East and I am at the end of the West.” These words of the 12th Century poet Rabbi Yehuda Halevi capture the feeling of distance and despair I feel in this moment of devastating violence in Israel this week.

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Reflections from Shani Ben Or Regarding The Outbreak of Violence in Israel

Posted May 13, 2021

Every week, I lead a women’s circle of Palestinian and Jewish students at Hebrew University, where we come together to explore the unique dimensions of our identities as women.

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An Important Message from Central Synagogue

Posted April 27, 2021

We are writing to you today as your Senior Rabbi, Executive Director, and congregational President from a place of communal sadness, anger, shame, and Teshuvah.

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Memorial Scroll

Posted October 11, 2018

Memorial Scroll

In 1967 Central Synagogue welcomed a surviving Sefer Torah rescued from the Holocaust. A dedication ceremony was held for the scroll whose origins reside in Lipnik, Czechoslovakia.

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100 Years As “Central Synagogue”

Posted March 1, 2018

100 Years As “Central Synagogue”

This spring of 2018 marks 100 years of our Congregation's use of the name Central Synagogue!

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A Look at Our History: What’s in a Name? 100 Years as “Central Synagogue”

Posted January 4, 2018

A Look at Our History: What’s in a Name? 100 Years as “Central Synagogue”

This spring of 2018 marks 100 years of our Congregation's use of the name Central Synagogue.

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A Look at Our History: High Holy Days

Posted September 10, 2015

A Look at Our History: High Holy Days

As fall approaches we think about preparing to celebrate Judaism’s highest holy days and taking note that the services and holidays are for all ages and levels of engagement all year long.

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A Look at Our History: Visitor’s Book

Posted May 26, 2015

A Look at Our History: Visitor’s Book

We host visitors from all over the world, some are Jewish, many not; some are simply sightseeing; all are moved by their visit and by Central’s congregational history.

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A Look at Our History: First Female President

Posted April 8, 2015

A Look at Our History: First Female President

Mildred Ross, Temple President, 1985-89

Thirty years ago, Mildred Ross made Central Synagogue history by being elected its first female president, from 1985 to 1989.

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A Look at Our History: A Letter from the White House, 1946

Posted January 14, 2015

A Look at Our History: A Letter from the White House, 1946

A letter from President Harry S. Truman in 1946 appears in the Central Synagogue bulletin.

In 1946 President Harry S. Truman sent a letter to our Rabbi Jonah B. Wise at the time of Central's 100th anniversary praising our efforts to assist Europe's World War II displaced persons. A world situation where "tyranny extinguishes the freedom of one it extinguishes the freedom of all" (quoting from the letter) is very much on the current national agenda. It is good to know that Central's past concern for the peoples of the world is still one of our great concerns, and that we remain in the awareness of the White House.

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