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Your Voice Matters: Summary Report

Posted October 15, 2015

The Your Voice Matters initiative offered our membership the opportunity to meet with senior clergy, and with each other, to learn how we think about Reform Judaism and Central Synagogue. In a series of intimate gatherings at the homes of fellow congregants, we explored how Central serves as a House of Worship (Beit Tefillah), a House of Study (Beit Midrash) and a House of Gathering (Beit Kinesset). We heard how it serves your needs, the needs of the congregation, and the needs of the larger community.

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Youth & Family Engagement: The Mitzvot of Shabbat

Posted October 9, 2015

Youth & Family Engagement: The Mitzvot of Shabbat

With your children, generate ideas and family activities that will fulfill these four mitzvot: (1) As a family we can remember Shabbat by... (2) As a family we can observe Shabbat by... (3 & 4) As a family we can honor and delight in Shabbat by...

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Central Synagugue Co-Sponsors Hartman Series on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted October 1, 2015

Central Synagugue Co-Sponsors Hartman Series on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Central Synagogue is proud to be co-sponsoring a six-part speaker series on the topic of Jewish values and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The series attempts to rectify the internal Jewish communal challenges related to talking about the conflict by naming and working through the various values narratives that animate different political views about the conflict. Together with the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, this series seeks to make the participants more self-aware of the values makeup of their own political views, and attempts to create a more stable pluralism in Jewish life in how we talk about this most divisive issue.

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Join the Central Synagogue Delegation at the Reform Movement’s Biennial Conference

Posted September 16, 2015

Join the Central Synagogue Delegation at the Reform Movement’s Biennial Conference

Please join Rabbi Stephanie D. Kolin and other Central Synagogue leaders at the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial Conference on November 4-8, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The URJ Biennial is the place for Jews from across North America to come together to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, hear from inspiring speakers and the leaders of the Reform Movement; reunite with old friends, create new connections, and make decisions about the policies of our Movement.

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Preparing for a Sweet New Year 5776

Posted September 3, 2015

Preparing for a Sweet New Year 5776

Our clergy are having fun preparing for a sweet New Year...

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Upcoming Central Synagogue Israel Trip

Posted August 31, 2015

Upcoming Central Synagogue Israel Trip

As Rabbi Buchdahl has so eloquently and passionately discussed, engaging more substantively with Israel is a congregational priority. Nothing brings Israel to life more vividly than visiting. We have a fabulous trip planned for this year.

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Reform Jewish Movement Response to Iran Deal

Posted August 19, 2015

Whether the JCPOA is approved or defeated, there will be a day after. It is essential that this debate not be allowed to create a lasting rift between Israel and the U.S., between North American Jews and Israelis, or among American Jews.

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Rabbi Buchdahl on the Today Show: Does religion unite or divide?

Posted April 2, 2015

Rabbi Buchdahl and Timothy Cardinal Dolan spoke with the Today Show's Matt Lauer about religious conflict, both in interfaith families and in the broader global context.

Installation of Cantor Mo Glazman

Posted February 2, 2015

Installation of Cantor Mo Glazman

Our congregation gathered for Shabbat Shirah on Friday, January 30 to celebrate the installation of Cantor Mo Glazman as senior cantor. Congregation president David Edelson presented Cantor Glazman with a tallit embroidered with Psalm 150, the theme of the evening. Cantor Glazman shared the story of his family's history and his journey to Central Synagogue. Rabbi Buchdahl and Cantor Botton of Central Synagogue and Rabbis Tom Weiner and Shira Milgrom of Congregation Kol Ami in Westchester, Cantor Glazman's prior synagogue, gave remarks. Highlights of the evening included several Shabbat melodies written by Cantor Glazman in the style of soul music, and a surprise reprise of Psalm 150 to the tune of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" sung by the entire congregation.

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Introducing our new Director of Youth & Family Education

Posted January 15, 2015

Introducing our new Director of Youth & Family Education

We are excited to introduce to you our new senior leadership team for youth and family education at Central Synagogue. Effective July 1, Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal will become our Director of Youth & Family Education, a new position reflecting our belief that our education programs for families with children of all ages, up to the end of college, require highly experienced and focused leadership.

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