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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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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

An Interfaith Message

Posted June 8, 2020

An Interfaith Message from the Clergy of Central Synagogue, the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan, and Saint Peter’s Church

As leaders within three different houses of worship in New York City, we come together at this time united in purpose and hope. Read more

Central in Action: Here’s What We’ve Been Up To

Posted April 20, 2020

Central in Action: Here’s What We’ve Been Up To

The past few weeks have been overwhelming for all of us. In this time of anxiety and uncertainty, many of us have found great comfort in our virtual Central community. We write to you now to share the continuing work of Central in Action and to let you know that our efforts are more important than ever in the face of this unprecedented crisis. Below are some updates on our social justice initiatives and opportunities for you to engage in some of our work. Read more

Challah Recipe from Rabbi Rosenthal

Posted March 24, 2020

Challah Recipe from Rabbi Rosenthal

Need a fun culinary activity while staying indoors? Take a look at this Weekly Challah recipe provided by Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal. Read more

Update: Virtual Programming to Continue Through April 20

Posted March 19, 2020

It has not even been a week since we announced that Central would become a completely “virtual” synagogue, yet the world has changed enormously since then. We are so grateful to our community and staff for the resiliency they have shown in this very difficult time. Read more

Coronavirus Update: Important News from Central Synagogue

Posted March 12, 2020

Pikuach Nefesh, the principle of “saving a life,” is paramount in our tradition. It overrides all other laws including the observance of Shabbat. With the explosion of COVID-19 cases in New York, it is no exaggeration to say that our response may be a matter of life or death. We have been consulting with some of the leading health institutions in our city, and they have been clear that one of the most important goals is to help “flatten the curve,” to slow down the spread of the virus through social distancing and lessen the potential for overburdening our city and nation's healthcare system. Read more

Update: Addressing Coronavirus Concerns

Posted March 5, 2020

Last week all members received the following message, via email, from Executive Director Marcia Caban regarding Central's actions in relation to news of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of our community. We are closely monitoring advice from government agencies and have also put together a lay committee of member-experts in fields of healthcare, medicine, and logistics. Read more

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