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‘Hottest Ticket’ Friday Night Was To Central Synagogue

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Standing in the midst of a long line on Friday afternoon, as it wrapped around Lexington Avenue at 55th Street and reached all the way toward Park Avenue, one saw curious passers-by wondering what the attraction was. Especially when people in line referred to their having “the hottest ticket in town.”

Rabbi Peter Rubinstein was feted at Central Synagogue after 23 years as its spiritual leader. Wikimedia Commons

Young Blood On East Side Pulpits

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One floated a trial balloon earlier this year: that the Conservative movement consider accepting converts, then teaching them, turning the usual chronology on its head. A second said he’d like to bring “literature, music and the visual arts,” along with worship and study, into the life of his synagogue. And a third, by the very nature of her background — Korean and Jewish — is breaking boundaries.

New spiritual leaders on the East Side are, clockwise from left, Elliot Cosgrove, Joshua Davidson and Angela Buchdahl.

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl To Lead Central Synagogue

First Asian-American rabbi was also first woman to be ordained both cantor and rabbi.

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Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl has been selected to succeed Rabbi Peter Rubinstein as spiritual leader of Manhattan's Central Synagogue, the congregation's board announced on Thursday.

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl's selection by Central Synagogue's board was praised by the current rabbi, Peter Rubinstein.  Lorin Klaris

The Big BRCA Questions

Panel moderated by Barbara Walters discusses the benefits and perils of early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

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If you were at a higher risk for cancer, would you want to know about it? How early? And what preventative measures would be worth the financial cost and emotional strain?

After Doubling Its Size, Central Synagogue’s Rabbi To Retire

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Peter Rubinstein, who this week announced his decision to step down in 15 months as senior rabbi of Central Synagogue, one of the leading Reform congregations in the U.S., almost talked himself out of the job before he was hired in 1991.

Rabbi Peter Rubinstein: Increased ritual observance, Hebrew prayer and musical experimentation.

Multiracial Jews Moving Beyond Isolation

Now 12 percent of the community, racially diverse Jewish households making their way into mainstream — but still less ‘engaged’ than others.

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When Rabbi/Cantor Angela Buchdahl was growing up — the daughter of a white Jewish father and a Korean-American mother — she and her sister “always felt like the ‘only ones’” that were non-white in Jewish settings.

Today, her three children attend the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and each is in a class with at least one other mixed-race Asian. “And there are other races as well,” she noted.

Multiracial and nonwhite households vary in their makeup. Photo courtesy of Be’chol Lashon

Another WASPy Presidential Family Member Marries Into The Tribe

Not to be outdone by Rabbi James Ponet, who officiated at Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s presidential wedding last summer, Central Synagogue’s Rabbi/Cantor Angela Buchdahl apparently did the honors this weekend as Lauren Bush (W’s niece and George H.W.’s granddaughter) married David Lauren (fashion designer

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