Posted March 6, 2019
Our congregation came together for a congregational town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:00 pm in our Main Sanctuary. At this gathering, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl shared findings from our recently completed High Holy Days Experience Survey, and discussed some of the changes that are being proposed, including improvements to our High Holy Days service schedule. We hope to be able to answer some preliminary questions with this FAQ.Read more
Posted December 19, 2017
I am so grateful that on Friday, January 26 that 6 pm I will be installed as Central Synagogue’s senior cantor. Looking forward to this event I am reminded of all of my guiding lights along the way: from the instructor of that first music theory class to the rabbis, cantors, colleagues, and teachers who continue to show me the way.Read more
Posted November 9, 2017
We remember that 79 years ago, on November 9th and 10th, the Nazi party, alongside regular civilians, engaged in a series of coordinated pogroms against Jews in Germany and Austria in an evening we now call Kristallnach, the night of broken glass.Read more
Posted March 17, 2017
Posted March 25, 2016
We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Ben Greenberg will be Central Synagogue's new Director of Adult Engagement (DOAE). Rabbi Greenberg is a writer, consultant, and educator. He most recently served as a planning executive at UJA-Federation of New York, where he helped more than 80 synagogues in New York City design and execute engagement programs, fundraising campaigns, and professional development opportunities.Read more
Posted March 10, 2016
As the broadcast and cable TV networks air their season finales to make way for summer replacement shows, you may ask yourself: with everything on the air, on cable and on the web, is there anything worth watching? In the case of at least two series, both on Amazon Prime, the answer is a resounding yes. Not only are they very good, they are also very Jewish.Read more
Posted February 17, 2016
After many months of careful work by our Search Committee, and a unanimous vote of approval by our Executive Committee which brought its recommendation to The Board of Trustees, we are delighted to share with you that Central Synagogue's new Executive Director will be Marcia Caban. Marcia will join the Central team on April 18th.Read more
Posted December 22, 2015
As reports of terrorism and intolerance weigh heavily on the holiday season, is peace really possible? TODAY's Hoda Kotb posed the question to three female religious leaders: Rev. Jacqui Lewis of New York City's Middle Collegiate Church, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Central Synagogue in New York City, and Muslim peace advocate Sahar Alsahlani.
Posted December 3, 2015
Deciding between security or refugees, “them” or “us,” obscures the real choice we make in the most challenging of times: will our fear win, or will our humanity? Will we turn inward or will we live our highest values of love for the stranger, knowing the soul of the stranger as intimately as we do? As Jews who know what it means to be turned away from borders, our answer must be yes, let them in.Read more
Posted November 16, 2015
With pain, horror, and profound disquiet, we have watched the violence in Paris – and its effects – unfold this weekend. Only two weeks ago, I led a Central Synagogue mission to Paris. How devastating it is to see this City of Light enveloped in such darkness.
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