A New Beginning

On November 18, 2016 Central Synagogue of Nassau County and Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Emeth officially consolidated, following approval from The New York State Supreme Court.  This consolidation will facilitate what is intended to be a unique center for Progressive Judaism, under the direction of Rabbi Marc Gruber and Rabbi Elliot Skiddell. Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth (CSBE) will provide innovative religious, spiritual and cultural programming designed for congregants and community alike. CSBE will continue to reach out to and serve participants from across, Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn and beyond.

The video below tells the story of our congregation's journey as part of the Connected Congregations project, aninitiative of 
UJA-Federation with Darim Online.



Experience how Central Synagogue- Beth Emeth is pioneering new ways to engage you spiritually.

Shabbat evenings at Central Synagogue - Beth Emeth are designed to appeal to your entire family. On specific weeks we have two offerings, a worship service and an additional offering, such as guided meditation or poetry discussion. Our style is progressive; sometimes our rabbis will present ideas through sermons or poetry or drama or at other times facilitate discussion by the congregation. Our cantor and soloist engage us with a mix of musical styles accompanied by piano and/or guitar. Frequently our music is enhanced by the addition of the instrumental and vocal talents of Central Beat (the synagogue band), Shir Harmony (a lay led group of musicians), or our choir.

Throughout the year Central's creative offerings include Ru'ach Services, when we sit in the round, raise our voices in spirited song together and engage one another in meaningful discussion; Shabbat Seders that combine dinner, services, and conversation in a unique celebration; "Show and Kvell," when we are inspired by our youngsters; a child-friendly Tot Shabbat services and a 45-minute service.

"The Ru'ach service is absolutely my favorite way to worship. Everyone sitting together in a circle and singing creates a spiritual energy that carries me through the rest of the week. I especially enjoy when Shir Harmony provides the music!" - Judy L (member since 2010)

"Chanting with Rabbi Shefa Gold to welcome Shabbat was a memorable experience!" - Dot F (member since 1983)

"The guided meditation is a great way to de-stress at the end of the week." - Lynn D (member since 1992)

A Wedding for CSBE

On December 16th, 2017 CSBE celebrated the start of a new beginning.

View photos and video of this exciting evening here. 




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Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth is a pioneer in discovering new ways to engage you spiritually.
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From Young Families Together to Freebirds, friends are always gathering at
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No matter how you define family, there's a place for yours at CSBE!
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