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Central + StoryCorps is supported by the Tanner Family,
in honor of their mother, Nicki Newman Tanner.

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Published March 17, 2023

Freeman Shore and Winifred Freund

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Arden Donohue and Gail Sinai

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Zach Rolf and Hadley Rolf

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Published February 17, 2023

Nancy Hannah Levy Torres and Marion Greenup

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Published February 10, 2023

Livia Thompson and Rabbi Sarah Berman

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Published February 2, 2023

Ruth Perelson and Lois Perelson-Gross

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Published December 16, 2022

Sylvia Smoller and Jordan Smoller

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Published December 9, 2022

Patricia Rich and Michael Silverberg

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Published December 2, 2022

Sue Dorn and Rabbi Sarah Berman: Part 3

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Published November 18, 2022

Sue Dorn and Rabbi Sarah Berman: Part 2

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Published November 11, 2022

Sue Dorn and Rabbi Sarah Berman

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Published November 4, 2022

Sherry King and Rabbi Hilly Haber

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Published October 28, 2022

Ed Saslaw and Sharon Gunderson

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Published October 21, 2022

Carol Olmstead and Tom Olmstead

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Published October 14, 2022

Cantor Daniel Mutlu and Saya Mutlu

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Published October 7, 2022

Susan Davis and Miles Gerstein

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Published September 30, 2022

Rabbi Dan Ross and Rabbi Jade Sank Ross

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Published September 23, 2022

Carolyn Breidenbach and Audrey Zucker

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Published September 16, 2022

Freeman Shore and Lauren Dickel

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Published September 9, 2022

Central Synagogue member Robin Lynn and her daughter Carla Steckman about how the fatal Tay-Sachs disease has affected their family.

Robin Lynn and Carla Steckman

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Published September 1, 2022

Ami Samuels and Susan Picker

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Published August 26, 2022

Elizabeth and Susan Wagner

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Published October 27, 2021

Jill and Howard Sharfstein

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Published September 1, 2021

Monica Corton and Laura Strauss

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Published December 10, 2021

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Rabbi Peter Rubinstein

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Published September 2021

Sharing Our Stories: 5782 Jewish New Year's Edition

Freeman Shore and Winifred Freund
Central congregants and siblings Freeman Shore and Wini Freund have a conversation in which they share some special family memories.
Arden Donohue and Gail Sinai
Members Arden Donohue and Gail Sinai discuss how Arden first came to Central, her Jewish journey, and the process of becoming b’nei mitzvah.
Zach Rolf and Hadley Rolf
Zach Rolf and Hadley Rolf remember how they first met as Central staff members, and how their Jewish home remains at Central years even now, years later.
Nancy Hannah Levy Torres and Marion Greenup
Central member Nancy Hannah Levy Torres speaks with her friend Marion Greenup about her Jewish upbringing, and her journey to a fulfilling spiritual life.
Livia Thompson and Rabbi Sarah Berman
Central’s former Executive Director Livia Thompson shares her Jewish journey, discussing the path she took to become a Jewish professional and a member of Central’s senior leadership team at a pivotal moment in our congregation’s history.
Ruth Perelson and Lois Perelson-Gross
Longtime members Ruth Perelson and Lois Perelson-Gross (Ruth’s daughter) talk about Shabbat, and Ruth’s project to bring meaningful Shabbat practice into the lives of more Central families.
Sylvia Smoller and Jordan Smoller
Sylvia Smoller talks with her son Jordan Smoller about her family’s escape from the Nazis, and the legacy of resilience she has passed on to future generations.
Patricia Rich and Michael Silverberg
Congregants Patricia Rich and Michael Silverberg share the story of how they met and fell in love because of their connection to Central Synagogue.
Sue Dorn and Rabbi Sarah Berman: Part 3
Sue Dorn shares more memories of her extraordinary life with Rabbi Sarah Berman. Part 3 of 3.
Sue Dorn and Rabbi Sarah Berman: Part 2
In this second clip from their conversation, Rabbi Sarah Berman and Central member Sue Dorn discuss Sue’s experiences of antisemitism and other discrimination, her marriage, and her positive approach to life.
Sue Dorn and Rabbi Sarah Berman
We’re thrilled to share our most recent StoryCorps recording by Rabbi Sarah Berman and Central member Sue Dorn. In this first clip from their conversation, they discuss Sue's earliest childhood memories during World War II, her experience with antisemitism, and how she and her siblings were taught the importance of working toward justice.
Sherry King and Rabbi Hilly Haber
Partners in Central social justice programming, Sherry King and Rabbi Hilly Haber discuss how their Jewish values and experiences bring them to this important work.
Ed Saslaw and Sharon Gunderson
Friends, and Central members, Ed Saslaw and Sharon Gunderson share their unusual first meeting, their growing friendship and community at Central Synagogue.
Carol Olmstead and Tom Olmstead
Members Carol and Tom discuss the premature birth of their first grandson, Sam, and find joy in the incredible transformation he has gone through.
Cantor Daniel Mutlu and Saya Mutlu
Central Synagogue’s senior cantor Daniel Mutlu speaks with his son Saya on the eve of Saya’s bar mitzvah about the meaning of this important moment.
Susan Davis and Miles Gerstein
Members Miles Gerstein and Susan Davis talk about their family’s Jewish journey, and how they came to Central.
Rabbi Dan Ross and Rabbi Jade Sank Ross
Rabbi Dan Ross speaks with his wife, Rabbi Jade Sank Ross, about their different paths to becoming rabbis
Carolyn Breidenbach and Audrey Zucker
Members Carolyn Breidenbach and Audrey Zucker reminisce about Sisterhood and how it connected them to each other and to others in the Central community and beyond.
Freeman Shore and Lauren Dickel
Congregant Freeman Shore talks with staff member Lauren Dickel about their different paths to Central.
Robin Lynn and Carla Steckman
Central Synagogue member Robin Lynn and her daughter Carla Steckman about how the fatal Tay-Sachs disease has affected their family.
Ami Samuels and Susan Picker
Ami Samuels and Susan Picker talk about their Jewish backgrounds and their shared love of Central’s Saturday morning Mishkan service
Elizabeth and Susan Wagner
Elizabeth and Susan Wagner, congregational leaders and popular b’nei mitzvah tutors, talk about their Jewish identities, their family, and their long history of engaging with Central.
Jill and Howard Sharfstein
Howard and Jill Sharfstein speak about their marriage, and their 40 years as congregants of Central Synagogue.
Monica Corton and Laura Strauss
Friends, Monica Corton and Laura Strauss, converse about the impact that their involvement at Central has had on their lives.
Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Rabbi Peter Rubinstein
Central Synagogue’s Senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl talks with her predecessor Rabbi Peter Rubinstein about their experiences coming to and leading Central.
5782 Jewish New Year's Edition
Central congregants recorded short responses to a variety of questions as they celebrated the new Jewish year.
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