Location: Lese Lobby
From: Thursdays & Fridays, 6:00-7:30am
The Breakfast Program, formerly known as the Caring Committee Feeding Program, is among Central Synagogue’s longest ongoing social justice projects. Originally conceived and implemented by longtime congregant Nat Shapiro in 1983, the Breakfast Program was started in response to Mayor Koch’s outcry for New York City’s religious institutions to respond to an exploding homeless and hungry problem. Today, many clients of the Breakfast Program are working poor who greatly appreciate and regularly rely on the warm, nutritious start to their day. Volunteers assemble every Thursday and Friday morning in Lese Lobby (Community House) to prepare and serve the most important meal of the day. A bag lunch is also handed out to clients. These lunches are prepared the prior evening as part of Central Synagogue’s Sandwich Making Program. Volunteers must be in the 6th grade or older; those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Community House
From: Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Volunteer tutors meet one-on-one each week with their assigned student for two hours of self-directed conversation. Those who are tutored may be students here for graduate studies, or spouses of UN or corporate employees, as well as immigrants hoping to obtain American citizenship. The tutors learn as much about their students’ countries and cultures as the students learn about the US. Lasting bonds are often formed between tutors and students. Long-time congregant Ros Harber, the daughter of a Hungarian immigrant who struggled to learn English as a teenager, has coordinated this program at Central for the last three decades in coordination with the English-Speaking Union, which helps foreigners in New York City feel at home with our language and culture.
From: 7:00 pm - 11:00pm
Help us Raise the Roof at Central Synagogue Nursery School’s Annual Benefit with our first ever Casino Night!
This year, in addition to raising necessary funds to support our annual scholarships, supplemental materials for classrooms, professional development for teachers, and much more, our goal is to build an all-new roof top experience for our students! We’ll be rethinking, re-imagining, redesigning, and renovating the roof top space to give our children a place to move, learn, grow, and develop a strong connection between their minds and bodies.
Like our wonderful Nursery School students said in the video above – they may be little, but they make our community stronger! With your help, that strength will endure. Let’s Raise the Roof in 2017!
Location: Penny Farthing, 13th St & 3rd Ave
From: 8:00 pm - 10:00pm
Celebrate Purim with NYConnect and Central Synagogue! Tzedakah will go to the Jewish Women International, an advocacy organization for Jewish girls and women’s rights. There is a minimum $10 donation. Light appetizers, drinks, and hamentashen will be served. See you there!