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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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Coming Together in Mourning and In Resolve

Posted March 22, 2021

Coming Together in Mourning and In Resolve

On Tuesday, March 16th eight people were murdered by a gunman in Atlanta. This brutal and horrific attack stands out as one among many, growing instances of violence targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) over the last year. And, as Central member Qian Julie Wang wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed, “though Anti-Asian sentiment has increased during the pandemic, it is woven into the very fabric of this country”. Read more

A New Chapter for Cantor Julia Cadrain

Posted March 22, 2021

A New Chapter for Cantor Julia Cadrain

We read in the book of Deuteronomy, "Blessed shall you be in your comings and blessed shall you be in your goings." In that spirit, we wanted to share with you the bittersweet news that Cantor Julia Cadrain has accepted a new position as Senior Cantor of Temple Israel in Westport CT, starting July 1. While we are overjoyed and excited for her and her family as they embark on this new journey (and with a former Central Synagogue rabbi, Michael Friedman, as their Senior Rabbi and Julia’s new colleague), we are also saddened that she will be leaving our Central family and we will very much miss her presence on the bimah. Read more

Staying Connected With Your Central Family in 2021

Posted January 27, 2021

We may still be socially distant, but there are new ways for members to come together! Check out these virtual opportunities to meet new friends, re-connect with old ones, and find nearby neighbors with similar interests. Read more

Mental Health Series: “How Are You Really?”

Posted December 10, 2020

Mental Health Series: “How Are You Really?”

Drawing inspiration from the Mental Health Coalition’s “How are you, really” campaign, Central held two separate events — one focused on young children and adolescents, and one on adults — on December 2 and 3, 2020. Journalist and Central congregant Abigail Pogrebin moderated this two-part virtual series, which confronts the very real mental health challenges of this moment, and offers insights and practical tools as to how to navigate this destabilizing time. Read more

Everything You Need to Know for Election Day 2020

Posted September 15, 2020

There are now just under 50 days until the Presidential election. We have a chance to exercise one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, and Central in Action wants to make sure your vote counts in these unprecedented times. Our social action group has created a helpful guide that details several voting options (and instructions) for various ways to vote in New York.
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#LessIsMoreNYC: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act

Posted July 20, 2020

There are approximately 35,000 people under active parole supervision in New York State who at almost any time can see their efforts to successfully rejoin the workforce and reintegrate into their families and their communities disrupted by reincarceration for a technical violation. This not only harms individual lives and families without commensurate public safety gains, but also drives up the population in the state prisons and local jails, wasting taxpayer money. The Less is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act would fix this problem. Read more

Action Items You Can Take in Response to Recent Protests

Posted June 7, 2020

This letter was sent to the congregation on Thursday, June 4, 2020 As Rabbi Buchdahl so beautifully said, "The work of fighting racism cannot be left only to the Black community, just as we know that antisemitism cannot be fought only by Jews. As we look at these recent turbulent days, we have to separate the violence and looting from the call for change echoing across the country. We must hear the groundswell of voices and listen to the pain and protest emanating from every corner of our beloved nation." Our Central community is committed to fighting racism in America and helping to make our city, state, and country more just and equitable for every person. We are stronger when we learn and work together. Below, please find just a few ways we can take action, advocate, and learn together... Read More

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