July 17, 2020

2020-2021 LCLJ Reopening Update: July, 2020

After a great deal of consideration, we have decided that LCLJ will begin virtually this fall, at least initially.

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June 10, 2020

Resourceful Central Teens Find Way to Help Others, Without Leaving Home

Young Central Synagogue members Jonah and Ben Gleeman created Doorstep Donations—a completely teen-run organization that makes donating food and essentials safe and easy.

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June 8, 2020

An Interfaith Message

from the Clergy of Central Synagogue, the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan, and Saint Peter’s Church

As leaders within three different houses of worship in New York City, we come together at this time united in purpose and hope.

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June 1, 2020

Continuing the Work in Criminal Justice Reform During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In March, Central Synagogue asked the Governor to release those incarcerated under technical parole violations, or near the end of their sentences, given the high rates of infection during the pandemic.

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May 20, 2020

Last Few Days to Donate to Central’s Annual Appeal

Central Synagogue was well positioned to succeed in this crisis because of the past generosity of our members and friends, but there is much more to do in the coming months.

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May 20, 2020

Complete the 2020 Census

This is the first time that you can complete the census online. Just visit:

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May 20, 2020

Submitting an Absentee Ballot for the Upcoming Election

All New Yorkers can vote by mail in the June 23, 2020 election, per an Executive Order from Governor Cuomo, by requesting an absentee ballot. Voters may complete and return the application to receive their ballot. We encourage you to vote by mail, if you can, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that in-person voting is available to those who truly need it.

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May 6, 2020

Central is here for you.

One of the more remarkable aspects of this COVID-19 crisis is how Central has been able to continue to serve our community in times of joy and sadness.

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April 20, 2020

Central in Action: Here’s What We’ve Been Up To

The past few weeks have been overwhelming for all of us. In this time of anxiety and uncertainty, many of us have found great comfort in our virtual Central community. We write to you now to share the continuing work of Central in Action and to let you know that our efforts are more important than ever in the face of this unprecedented crisis. Below are some updates on our social justice initiatives and opportunities for you to engage in some of our work.

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April 10, 2020

Helping New Yorkers Out of Confinement

Our friends at Exodus Transitional Community (ETC) are working hard to provide essential supplies to men and women currently coming out of confinement on Rikers Island and are returning to a very different city than the one they left.

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April 7, 2020

Boots, Bluetooth Speakers & Volunteers Needed for New York City Emergency Medical Sites

One of Central’s members is collecting boots, warm socks, and bluetooth speakers to aid medical workers and on-site volunteers at the Samaritan’s Purse* emergency field hospital in Central Park. Additionally, as medical facilities open to house more patients, volunteers are needed to help with preparation.

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April 2, 2020

You Can Help with An Innovative Treatment for COVID-19

A number of Central Synagogue members are connected to the lifesaving efforts that are ongoing at Mount Sinai Hospital. This includes exceptional medical care and innovative research. Due to recent heroic efforts by several physician scientists at Mount Sinai, there is a new potentially lifesaving treatment for people who are hospitalized with COVID-19.

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March 24, 2020

Challah Recipe from Rabbi Rosenthal

Need a fun culinary activity while staying indoors? Take a look at this Weekly Challah recipe provided by Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal.

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March 19, 2020

Update: Virtual Programming to Continue Through April 20

It has not even been a week since we announced that Central would become a completely “virtual” synagogue, yet the world has changed enormously since then. We are so grateful to our community and staff for the resiliency they have shown in this very difficult time.

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March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Important News from Central Synagogue

Pikuach Nefesh, the principle of “saving a life,” is paramount in our tradition. It overrides all other laws including the observance of Shabbat. With the explosion of COVID-19 cases in New York, it is no exaggeration to say that our response may be a matter of life or death. We have been consulting with some of the leading health institutions in our city, and they have been clear that one of the most important goals is to help “flatten the curve,” to slow down the spread of the virus through social distancing and lessen the potential for overburdening our city and nation's healthcare system.

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March 5, 2020

Update: Addressing Coronavirus Concerns

Last week all members received the following message, via email, from Executive Director Marcia Caban regarding Central's actions in relation to news of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of our community. We are closely monitoring advice from government agencies and have also put together a lay committee of member-experts in fields of healthcare, medicine, and logistics.

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