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: 6:00 pm - 7:30pm
All congregants are encouraged to attend: we will elect officers and trustees and hear from our senior clergy and president.
Please note that you may cast your vote for officers and trustees via online proxy or in person at the Annual Meeting. You may only vote once, so if you plan on attending the meeting, please do not vote online. Note that only primary members and their spouses or partners may vote; adult children or other dependents in your family are not eligible.
The Nominating Committee is tasked with nominating first-term trustees as well as re-nominating trustees completing their first and second terms. Additionally, the Committee nominates first-term officers and re-nominates continuing officers.
Trustees are eligible for three three-year terms and officers are eligible for four one-year terms.
Here is this year’s slate:
President – Abigail Pogrebin
Vice President – Barbara Brill
Vice President – Jeremy Fielding
Vice President – Shonni Silverberg
Vice President – Joe Sofer
Treasurer – Richard Markowitz
Secretary – Moses Silverman
Officer at Large – Michael Gamzon
Michael J. Weinberger
Submitted April 2017: David Edelson (chair) with committee members Jonathan Crystal, Peter Ezersky, Dorey Neilinger, and Stephanie Stiefel.