At Central Synagogue

Michael Pollan Visits Central

Posted April 16, 2013

Shofar Honoree Michael Pollan, Shofar Chair Steve Klausner, and Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein
Shofar Honoree Michael Pollan, Shofar Chair Steve Klausner, and Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein

On Friday, April 12, 2013, our congregation presented Michael Pollan with Central Synagogue's annual Shofar Award. Pollan, a New York Times best-selling author and food activist, spoke passionately from the bimah about Jewish food rules, our habits, our choices, and why it all matters.

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Shofar Shabbat: Michael Pollan

Posted March 4, 2013

Passover will soon be upon us. As we commemorate our deliverance from Pharaoh’s cruelty around the Seder table, the food we eat is integral to both our history and our faith.

That makes our upcoming Shofar Shabbat particularly relevant to both the soul and the stomach, as we award the Central Synagogue Shofar Award to Michael Pollan.

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Shabbat Shirah & Tu BiSh’vat

Posted January 25, 2013

Watch and listen as Cantor Buchdahl sings her d'rash for Tu BiSh'vat and the Song of the Sea for Shabbat Shirah.

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Shabbat Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 18, 2013

Each year, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during Shabbat worship, a fearless civil rights leader who understood and reminded us that, “The segregationists and racists make no fine distinction between the Negro and the Jew.”

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A Shabbat In Memory of Sandy Hook Victims

Posted December 16, 2012

Our congregation and nation are raw with emotion and heartbreak following the Connecticut school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The spirit of our typically joyous Shabbat evening services was muted on December 14. Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein began the service with these heartfelt remarks. Read more

Chanukah with Our Students

Posted December 11, 2012

Rabbi Rubinstein and three 5th graders lit Central's menorah on the first school night of Chanukah. And our nursery school students enjoyed latkes while learning about Chanukah traditions.

ASPCA’s Annual Blessing of the Animals

Posted December 10, 2012

Yesterday, Rabbi Rubinstein and Rabbi Salth teamed with Senior Minister Stephen Bauman and Christian clergy from Christ Church on Park Avenue for the ASPCA's annual Blessing of the Animals.

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Praying for Healing on World AIDS Day

Posted November 29, 2012

In the years between 1987 and 1997, I lost six close friends, all gay men, and knew of dozens more men who died, most of them in their 30s or early 40s. For many of us, there is a whole phantom, lost generation of gay men in New York: men who would now be in their 50s and 60s, in the prime of their lives. Read more

Parshat Toldot: The Jewish Food Stamp Challenge

Posted November 16, 2012

Poor Esau. The twin brother of our patriarch Jacob is portrayed as such a buffoon. He’s the red-haired Neanderthal hunter--a foil to Jacob, the mild, bookish mama’s boy. And proof-positive of Esau’s stupidity is the story, found in this week’s portion, of how he is duped into selling his birthright to Jacob over a bowl of lentil stew. Read more

Record Live Streaming for Rosh HaShanah

Posted September 19, 2012

Record Live Streaming for Rosh HaShanah

Nearly 3,000 people joined us via live stream for Rosh HaShanah.
Nearly 3,000 people joined us via live stream for Rosh HaShanah.
Our Rosh HaShanah services were live streamed and watched by nearly 3,000 people around the world. Viewers wrote to us expressing gratitude from as nearby as Manhattan and as far away as Aruba, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Micronesia, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam!

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