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.”
The 92nd Street Y, a landmark Jewish institution on the Upper East Side, made two major personnel announcements this week.
Henry Timms, who earlier served as the Y’s deputy executive director for innovation, strategy and content, was appointed executive director. And Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, longtime senior rabbi at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, will become the Y’s director of Jewish community, and head of its Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, in September.
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, senior spiritual leader of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, has blessed uncounted congregants during his decades as a pulpit rabbi.
One recent afternoon he had the chance — for the first time — to bless some dogs and cats. And other animals.
Rabbi Rubinstein lent an interfaith aspect to the annual Blessing of the Animals at Christ Church on the East Side, sponsored by the ASPCA, Live Oak Bank and newspaper columnist/animal lover Cindy Adams.