News

At Central Synagogue

Mentors Matter: Helping Underserved High School Seniors with Central Congregants

Posted March 14, 2019

Mentors Matter: Helping Underserved High School Seniors with Central Congregants

400 high school seniors and only 1 college advisor. That’s what these wonderful, talented students are facing just a couple blocks away from our synagogue, at the High School of Art & Design, an extraordinary, state-of-the-art middle school/high school for kids with artistic talents who major in architecture, painting, drawing, cartooning, film, fashion, graphic design, set design. Read more

Faith Communities for Bail Reform Advocacy Day

Posted February 27, 2019

Faith Communities for Bail Reform Advocacy Day

Wednesday, February 27, Central congregants were in Albany as part of a Faith Communities for Bail Reform Advocacy Day. We met with 16 legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie, and their staffs, to impress upon them the urgency of this moment and the opportunity to pass meaningful and just bail reform now. Read more

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin at Trinity Church: d’var Torah

Posted February 12, 2019

As a part of our continued conversation about bail reform in New York State, Rabbi Stephanie Kolin spoke to a congregation at Trinity Church about the importance of criminal justice reform. Read more

James Forman Jr. on Ending Mass Incarceration

Posted December 18, 2018

James Forman Jr. on Ending Mass Incarceration

On December 10, 2018, James Forman Jr., a Yale Law School professor, explored the complex relationship between race, class, and the American criminal justice system, and discussed and signed his best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Read more

Volunteering as Accompaniers with New Sanctuary Coalition

Posted December 13, 2018

Volunteering as Accompaniers with New Sanctuary Coalition

Central members Liz Wagner and Susan Wagner attended the ICE Accompanier Training event here at Central on December 3. In this piece, they reflect on how and why volunteering to help undocumented immigrants in this way has been such a meaningful experience. Read more

Addressing Domestic and Family Violence

Posted February 5, 2018

Addressing Domestic and Family Violence

Central Synagogue is a proud participant in New York City’s Domestic/Family Violence and Faith in Action Weekend. February 9th-11th, synagogues, churches, mosques, and temples throughout New York are addressing the subject of domestic and family violence.

Read more

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Posted August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

As the High Holy Days approach, the Unetanetokef liturgy comes unsettlingly to life…. “Who by fire, who by water.” We will do our part to show up for those who have lost everything.

Read more

#GivingTuesday

Posted November 21, 2016

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (November 29), it serves as an opportunity for people to pledge to give their time and resources to their communities.

Read more

How Voter Registration Transformed Me

Posted November 1, 2016

How Voter Registration Transformed Me

The obligation and privilege to vote has always been somewhat obvious to my family, my friends, and me. So when Central asked for volunteers to help register voters, I signed up right away. I knew it would feel good to help, but I had no idea that the experience would be transformative.

Read more

Central Helps Hurricane-Ravaged Temple Build New Bimah

Posted October 24, 2016

Central Helps Hurricane-Ravaged Temple Build New Bimah

Damage from Hurricane Sandy suffered by West End Temple.

The condition of their sanctuary left me speechless. I could not comprehend how a congregation just 25 miles away from Central was in such disrepair. Although much of the building that is used for the religious school, Universal Pre-K, and community engagement, has now been reconstructed, at the beginning of the summer their sanctuary still had exposed sheet rock, water stained wood benches, bare cement floors, and a plywood bimah with a folding table and furniture borrowed from other congregations.

Read more

Page 1 of 5 -  1 2 3 >  Last ›