At Central Synagogue

Clergy: We mourn and stand with Israel

Posted November 19, 2014

We are devastated by yesterday’s terrorist attack at the the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem.

We at Central, along with the whole House of Israel, mourn the deaths of Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Kalman Levine, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, and police officer Zidan Saif. Our hearts are with the families who have lost their loved ones and we pray that those who were injured in the attack find healing.

It seems especially painful that terrorists attacked just as worshipers were offering their prayers for peace. But they cannot silence our prayers.

During Shabbat services this Friday, we will take time to offer a prayer for peace and direct our hearts toward Jerusalem, in solidarity with Israel.

Zichronam livracha, may their memories be a blessing.

A Prayer for the State of Israel

Posted September 24, 2014

During these Ten Days of Teshuvah, of repentance and reflection, the clergy will be encouraging our congregants to take a few minutes each day to pray and support Israel.

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Perspectives on Peace from Amos Oz

Posted August 5, 2014

Perspectives on Peace from Amos Oz

Deutsche Welle published the transcript of a powerful interview with renowned Israeli novelist and journalist Amos Oz. Oz is a leading spokesperson for the Peace movement in Israel, which makes the beginning of his interview even more striking.
Oz: 'Lose-lose situation for Israel'

Philip Gourevitch's excellent piece in the New Yorker puts the Amos Oz interview in context and gives a balanced and honest take on the path to peace.
An Honest Voice in Israel

Rabbi Buchdahl: Some News and Thoughts on Israel

Posted July 28, 2014

Three things—two articles and one song—caught my attention this weekend among all the news coming out of Israel, and I wanted to share them with all of you. Please let me know your thoughts.

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Rabbi Buchdahl: Israel Does Not Stand Alone

Posted July 25, 2014

Rabbi Buchdahl: Israel Does Not Stand Alone

The foreign prophet Balaam, sent to curse Israel, ended up blessing Israel instead: “Behold it is a people that dwells alone, not reckoned among the nations.” (Numbers 23:9)

As the conflict continues in Gaza, Balaam’s words feel eerily prophetic—and more curse than blessing.

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Amy Goldberger: Our Trip to Poland and Israel

Posted May 6, 2014

Amy Goldberger: Our Trip to Poland and Israel

Standing on Mount Scopus overlooking Jerusalem, Rabbi Rubinstein explained to us that one can only enter the city of Jerusalem for the first time once. This makes perfect sense, but after a part one of a two-part trip, I began to think that every time one visits Israel and stands on Mt. Scopus, it is the first time.

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